A short hike on the premises

As a pleasant alternative for those days on which anything exceeding 1 K. seems too far and steamy but your legs still feel like stretching a little bit, we suggest a short hike over the "Pugu Hills" compound. The track we have created starts halfway the road you have climbed up after the gate. At the "Pugu Hills Walk 1 KM" signboard on the left, coming from the restaurant. The track is about a kilometre long. The trail looks very different in the dry season (August - October, February - March) than after the rains as you can see in the photo gallery. Like in the National Parks the change of seeing "wildlife" increases in the dry season, though the jungle feel is most prominent just after the rains. A different experience in any season provides a night walk when you find the monkeys asleep in the bamboo valley or an occasional owl. If you did not see the bush baby please ask the staff to assist you they are difficult to miss at Pugu Hills.

A golden rule for those hikers who want to see some living animal at any time of the year or day, is, to be very quiet and attentive. By stopping for a while and listening most animals will not fail to reveal their presence.

A one page brochure can be printed if you click on this link. (please print on two sides of one paper to get right sequence with 2 folds)

The surprisingly steep pugu hills close to the flat coastal plains of Dar es Salaam are formed by sand stone. Although the stone produces a poor quality aggregate, sandstone mining is of growing economic importance in the Pugu area. More promising is the kaoline deposit which is among the largest in the world according to some sources. All attempts to obtain a consecion for mining the hills have been in vain so far, due to the protected status of the pugu forest. Steep slopes supported by sandstone underneath
Kaoline On the 1 KM. Pugu Hills trail, some exposed kaoline can be seen just before you make the step descent after the bamboos. The picture of the kaoline rock front is taken on the road from Kisarawe to Kazimzumbwi on the West side of Pugu Forest.
The living creatures nor Nature at the premises are staged and a description of what you will see at the Nature Trail will always come short of the unexpected. Our experience is that only in exceptional cases no new feature either a new plant, bird, foot print or anything new is encountered while making the short loop. The shrew can cross the path or be heard hammering in the shrubs a new flower is blooming which was overseen before. It is only the trees which are guaranteed and the brochure gives some few examples. pod_mahony_moro_forest_nature_trial
 
The Pugu Forest was known as the Moro Forest this Pod Mahogony might remember