- Category: Hiking
- Published on Monday, 01 August 2011 01:08
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Hiking is one of the major attractions of Pugu Hills.
What has Pugu Hills to offer for hiking?
1. A relaxed physical exercise in the fresh air. So far we did not have any incident or nuisance for our hikers, but we advise to take one of our village escorts for 10K tsh or more (depending on the duration of the hike).
2. In 2011 the Pugu Forest has become accessible again for hiking after the price for the permit was corrected to a reasonable 10 usd for non-Tanzanians and 5 usd for 5-18 years old. Tanzanians pay 1,500 and 500 tsh. respectively. Alternatively there are still various hikes outside the reserve, in which case you will only need to pay an "Ahsante" to the guide. Hikes can be of any duration and extended to 7 to 8 hours depending on the weather, your taste and fitness.
Your visit to the Pugu Forest will contribute to chancing the destiny of the Forest from a charcoal source to a greenbelt for recreation and unspoiled nature. Certainly an important asset for a metropolis which threatens to get trapped in increased pollution in its sea, beaches and expanding unplanned settlements. Paradoxically the more interest and visitors the Pugu Forest will attract the more chance it will have to survive, assuming that the visitors are acting environmentally-friendly, avoiding littering, disturbance of the flora and fauna and hopefully becoming actively involved in saving this forest.
3. Pugu Hills can assist to arrange for your permission to hike in the Pugu Forest for a small surcharge (2 usd per permit). In fact you will leave the money with the staff who will follow up on your permit after the hike for which a trip to the next village and phone calls are required. The forest authorities will be informed at the time you enter the forest.
4. The season of hiking can make the hike a very different experience. April to September is the coolest period with Nature being most adorable after the rains in April - May, but becoming drier towards September. November and December. December can be hot and humid but with the forest blooming and with a closed canopy (shade) after adequate short rains. The same for the period January to April which can be either green or very dry depending on the short rains. Temperatures climb to March after which they start dropping significantly with the first rains and blankets are used in the banda again.
5. Most rewarding of the hikes is the physical exercise and a good swim or drink afterwards in the Pugu Hills Centre. The rewards from Nature during the hikes do not only depend on the time of hiking (the earlier the better), the season but also on the patience and attentiveness of the hikers to hear, see and smell. This is true for the 1KM hike on the premises as for a day long hike over the various hills or a night walk to find the bush babies.