Pugu Hills Forest Reserve

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muruh
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania135 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Solo
Had the morning free. So did a quick two hour climb to the sumit.

There are three main trails. 6km, 9km and 14km.

I went for the 6km one which is predominately through heavy vegetation. There is a steep route and gentler route up, you choose the route depending on the fitness of the climber.

It’s a great getaway from the city. The lake is a big plus.

I used Ayub (0786 832 027) who is an official guide at pugu forest reserve. I would recommend him.
Written 14 January 2022
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rubab r
16 contributions
Sep. 2021
Break from city chaos into the wild side.
It's a half-day trip or it can be turned into a camping and hiking trip.
I usually go there when I want to break the chaotic city life.
Hiking to the top of pugu hills where you can see the city of Dar es salaam (on a clear day), there is also a hike up to Bat cave and some tourists also come there for bird watching.
The Plant's pugupugu and minaki can be seen in the forest. these plants/trees only grow in this forest.

It's a 1hour 30minutes drive from the city center to the Pugu area.
The offices of the forest reserve a right there at the entrance. (Opposite Minaki Secondary School)

For resident price to enter the forest reserve 2000tshs for foreigners ts from $10
You can get a guide from there too. Check the Guide rate at the office itself.
Payment can be done using mobile money, they don't take cash.

I would recommend Ayubu guide (0786 832 027), he knows the area and the culture well and will give you the history of the area too.

apart from the hike, you can enjoy a picnic at the lake, camping under the bamboos and boating.
Written 17 November 2021
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Kalebu Gwalugano
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania17 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Friends
First of all it started with people, meeting a lot of cool new friends and then begin exploring the places;

1. We started by having a guide to Mashimo ya Popo (which is way before but a par6 of the reserve)

2. And the went for the official pugu hills and started exploring some rarest tree species without leaves that can grow so big and some people claim to have some healing power.

3. We then did a hiking to the top of pugu hills where you can see Dar so well as if you're in a helicopter and then

4. We visited a cave where a tribe (wazaramo) used to worship there and some still do and had fascinating stories about that ancient place since colonial times

5. Other activities followed by including Kayaking, and networking while preparing on our way back

6. Our trip was not for camping but what I can say that place is well positioned and with great environment for camping and there is even a special spot for couples in Honeymoon

Written 9 November 2021
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Lucy S
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania17 contributions
Feb. 2019
I went to Pugu Hills for a group hike to innaugurate the Jane Goodal trail inside the park. We walked to the top where you can see a great view of Dar and walked up and down the hills, finding fauna and flora that let me mesmerized. Nature is always good and this Forest is among the eldest in the world! Tanzania has some treasures I tell you.
Written 7 January 2020
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Makune M
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania21 contributions
Nov. 2019
We went here not expecting much, because we had never heard of the place before and we are locals, but to our surprise this was such a beautiful experience. An actual forest in the city, with decent trails, a small lake, a serene Bamboo bubble right in the middle of the forest (perfect for meditation and relaxation). We had a great guide and ranger so the entire experience was just worth the trip
Written 8 November 2019
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Charlie
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania22 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
Dar Es Salaam heat can get pretty uncomfortable at times, that and work pressure is really not healthy for us.
I got to unwind with a breathe taking trek on Pugu Hills and I just couldn't believe that we had all this just 8kms away from the city.
The trees and vegetation, some indigenous, the water reservoir, caves and the peak where by you can view the entire DAR, was just remarkable.
It gets slippery during rainy season and on dry days the pebbles may make you fall, try to wear very comfortable shoes, that can withstand all conditions.

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Written 6 November 2019
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Dorine
Tanzania24 contributions
Sep. 2019
For a less than an hour trip out of the city, this place is worth the visit. The hiking was amazing, bird watching, some butterflies and other small forest animals made it a whole beautiful experience.
Written 16 September 2019
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Beauty G
2 contributions
Aug. 2019
The hiking trip[ was amazing and great nature experience. It is quite a steep hill up towards the end, but felt great. Unfortunately we did not get to see any animals but we did see many butterflies for a change. The most amazing part was once you get to the top as the view is just breathtaking. The guide was great as well.
Written 2 September 2019
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Immy D
Manchester, UK53 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
!8 kms from daressalaam lies this nature reserve called Pugu Hills forest trek. the trek leads you from a car park through a forest and various undulations of the terrain past a reservoir culminating at a viewpoint on top of the hill. You will see various types of plants and trees including a spiny bamboo that I havent seen anywhere else. Lots of birds and other small animals. We had a guide called January who was very knowledgeable of the site. The trek was 8Km long and took approximately 3 1/2 hrs to complete. The trek culminated with lunch at a long restaurant with served freshly grilled meats. Highly recommended if you are in dar. The whole package including a guide cost less than $20.
Written 17 July 2019
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Safaris-Holiday
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania328 contributions
May 2019
Pugu hills are bordering Dar es Salaam and Coast Region, It is the perfect place for strengthening body muscles by Jogging, Walking, Cycling and many other physical activity. The area is under Government to protect the natural habitat from being swapped. Almost everyday morning you will find some people jogging up and down the hills to adjust the fitness of their body parts. There are few Tour operators in Dar who organize Walking and Cycling around Pugu Hills.
Written 3 May 2019
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