daladala

For the brave Pugu Hills by daladala

1. Catch the daladala at the new post office (posta mpia) close to askari monument. The bus to Gongo la Mboto is possibly most frequent but if you get the bus to Chanika or Kisarawe, you do not have to get an other bus in Gongo la Mboto. Gongo la Mboto is still 5 km. before Pugu Kajiungeni, the village where you disembark. Alternatively you can start from Kariakoo, close to the Uhuru round-about (Libia Street?)

2. From Gongo la Mboto onwards, you first pass the military camp which looks like a lot of bush on your left, where the hell came down in February 2011, when the whole munition depot exploded with most rockets flying in the direction of Pugu HIlls. When you start climbing in the hills, you see the old british school with red bricks (left), the school is now Pugu Secondary, where Julius Nyerere earned his title "Mwalimu" (teacher). After some more corners you will have two road bumps with the primary school of Pugu Kajiungeni on your right.

3. After the road bumps the road descents and at the petrol station without nomination at the right you need to get out of the bus. Start walking downhill towards Kisarawe out of the village. 200 m. after the petrol station down the road, you leave the tar road and take the track to the left which goes down to a (most of the time) empty stream.

4. Here it is useful to start asking for "bwana kiki" (Mister Kiki) which will help you to get the directions to the Pugu Hills Centre. Otherwise just keep on walking towards the forest (or what is left of it) and after 10 - 15 minutes you should be there for a swim or cold beer, in case.