Pugu Hills is well worth a visit as it always turns up something good

PUGULICIOUS- PUGU HILLS. Feb. 23RD.- 24th 2013.

Headed out to Pugu Hills Lodge with Neil and Jude to catch up with Tony Evans.

Not much about in the evening but good views of Mottled Spinetail were had along with a Garnett’s Bush Baby and a beautiful Green Mamba.

square-tailed-drongo A good evening ensued but early to bed for a dawn start. We got away as the sun came up and hiked into the forest (or whats left of it ). Square -Tailed Drongo’s were noisy and plentiful but not much else about,
 chestnut-froted-helmet-shrike-jef then we came across a party of Chesnut-Fronted Helmet Shrikes which hung about for a good while and gave us excellent views, sadly it was a quiet time of year for the Forest.

 

black-chested-eagle-jef Dark Backed Weavers and Olive Sunbirds were seen and a pair of Black -Chested Snake Eagles gave a good display.

We arrived back at the Lodge very hot and thirsty so a swim in the lovely pool was just the job !

photo-j-jarvis-little-yellow-flycatcher After a reviving coffee and a good breakfast we came across a small bird feeding party in the bush around the Lodge and saw Little-Yellow Flycatcher,

Paradise Flycatcher and great views of Yellow-Streaked Greenbul (looked like a giant Green-Backed Camoptera!) so this rounded things off very well ! We made it back to Dar in record time ( 40 mins). Well in time to watch Chelsea and Ireland both lose!

Pugu is well worth a visit as it always turns up something good.

(from Jez in Africa)

Im tropische Regenwald Pugu Hills

...und fürs Wandern (Dar es Salaam) ! Im tropischen Regenwald geht es ganz schön rauf  und runter (Pugu Hills).

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Aber keine Sorge, die Rosemarie darf sich auch manchmal nur ausruhen. Sie hat ja auch selbst die Wichtigkeit der Lage sofort erkannt und vor allemin den ersten Tagen die Lucia tatkräftig bei ihrem Mittagsschläfchen unterstützt :)
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Es war super entspannte zwei Tage

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Am nächsten Tag haben wir uns dann auf den Weg in die Pugu Hills gemacht. Dort wollten wir mit Anna, Arun und Fix den Geburtstag von Arun feiern.
...................... zurück zu den Pugu Hills.
 
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Es war super entspannte zwei Tage mit Monopoly spielen und wandern.
Schöne Dachkonstruktion für den Aufenthaltsraum in der  Pugu Hills Lodge

 

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Erkundung einer kleinen Höhle auf unserer Wanderung durch den Wald. Komischerweise haben wir dort in der Asche eines Feuers ganz viele tansanische Münzen gefunden. Der Ort wird wahrscheinlich für irgendwelche Rituale genutzt und wir haben uns dann ganz schnell aus dem Staub gemacht.

het is er inderdaad heerlijk rustig

 

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We besluiten voor onze eerste nacht naar Pugu Hills te gaan. Het is niet al te ver van het vliegveld en we hebben op de website gezien dat het erg mooi is daar. Ze hebben een mooi terras waar je uitzicht heb over de stad Dar es Salaam en het is er inderdaad heerlijk rustig. We besluiten nog een frietje met mayo te eten en nog even te kletsen met onze vrienden. 
Maar dan slaat de vermoeidheid toe en vertrekken we naar ons nestje.

Het ontbijt bij Pugu is ook prima, ze bieden zelfs kaas aan :) 
En alweer mooi op tijd (zoals wij mzungu dat graag zien) arriveren Salim en Fuhara.

Dan is het op naar Iringa voor een tussen - overnachting en daarna door naar Ruaha National Park voor de kampeer safari.

1 Oktober 2012 Mel & Kiboko

 

Really Nice Little Lodge

10 Days Until The Climb

Every year groups of students of the international school of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Their final training is a +10K hike in the Pugu Hills. This year (May 2012) for the first time after many years they revisited the Pugu Forest Reserve.

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"The bus ride there was filled with singing and yells of shut up to those who were singing because it was still early in the morning. After the hike we went to a really nice little lodge where we got some really tasty french fries and some well deserved soda. Some of us went into the pool for a cool off swim. It was just a day of learning and fun. I feel that we all learnt a lot on that trip, like how heavy my bag actually was and how much my feet hurt after a hike of that caliber. At one point during the day I was literally about to collapse, but I pushed through and got that hike under my bely, I conquered that mountain, and I am prepared for the treacherous trail of Mount Meru."

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View the Video about Students and the Pugu Hills Nature Centre.