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.

Route Description

Route Description to Pugu Hills Nature Centre (for download of route description click here)

  1. Some 200 metres after the turn off to Dar es Salaam international airport take the road to Kisarawe to the right.

  2. Follow this road for 11.0 kilometres you enter the village of Pugu Kajiungeni at the two road bumps with the primary school and dispensary on your right.

  3. Downhill into the village you will find a sealed road to the left direction Chanika (there is only one sealed road to the left in the village) at the right side of the junction is a filling station without a nomination

  4. 850 metres after turning to the left you take the dirt road to the right. There is a house with a blue roof at the branch off. The dirt road is before the railroad crossing. In case you find the road only passable for 4WD, go back to tar road and take the next road to the right at the hardware shop (cement blocks etc.) until you reach crossing described below.

  5. After some 300 metres take the dirt road to the right (the first clear dirt road). If you miss this junction you end up in the village along the TAZARA railway line from Dar es Salaam to Zambia.

  6. After a kilometre you will leave the hamlet and end up at a bamboo bar over the road. Before you reach the bamboo bar you will see the forest and the Nature Centre ahead of you. Please open the bar yourself and continue until you follow the sharp turn to the right (some 100 metres). If you miss the turn off you end up in the sandstone quarry.

  7. You reach the iron bar over the road, the gate of Pugu Hills. Please use your car horn to alert the staff who will come down and open the gate for you.

  8. In case of any doubt about your whereabouts after leaving the tar road, it sometimes helps to ask a by-passer the road to "bwana kiki" (Mr. Kik),

 
For the map to Pugu Hills please follow link
 
To find the gate of Pugu Hills in Google Earth click on link 
   
GPS coordinates for the GPS are:

 6°54'20.61"S

 39° 6'35.06"E