Pick up at 6am from your Hotel to Pugu Hills Forest. On arrival, check in at the small office at Minaki before starting your hike. Our first stop will be at the water reservoir before heading the the famous Bambu trees found in the pugu Forest. We shall then proceed to the view point which is about 270 m.a.s.l elevation. We shall continue hiking to the shrine that was once used by the Zaramo people for rituals and cultural prayers. After few minutes in this point,we continue towards the finish of our first circuit hike as we take a second circuit towards the camp area where our hiking ends at.
Drive by vehicle to the bat cave area. Here we are going to witness over 1000 bats in one cave. It is safe and harmless to enter this cave
This is a one day hike to the Pugu Hills Forest located in kisarawe district.30 minutes away from the airport and 1hr 30 minutes from the city center about 25 kilomiters. The Pugu Forest Reserve is a forest reserve in Pwani Region, Tanzania. It is in the Pugu Hills area, near Dar es Salaam, adjacent to the Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve.
Together with Kazimzumbwi, the Pugu Forest (previously known as Mogo Forest) is part of what is considered to be one of the oldest forests in the world. The area is characterized by a large number of endemic species of animals and plants.
Pugu Hills nature reserve park is the perfect city escape from Dar es Salaam outside the tourist track. The former name was Mogo Forrest, and a part of this area is considered to be one of the oldest forests in the world. It’s an evergreen forest with over 80 species of birds, so this is also a bird watcher paradise.
There are several hiking trails to choose from. It’s possible to hike to the viewpoint where you can see the whole city, beautiful forest and a lake. If you like we can visit the cave which is famous for its colony of bats. There is also an area with abandon industrial structures which can be very good for creative photo shoots.