The beauty of Pugu Hills Nature Reserve

Many people know that Tanzania has numerous if not countless to offer the world and one of those places is Pugu Hills Nature Reserve which people don’t know a lot about.

The fact it is not well known as Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti. Mikumi National Park and many others we have noticed the there is a need for people (tourists) to know that,there  is beauty of nature hidden.

The reserve is definitely the best option for wildlife spotters, bird watchers and nature lovers. The forest has more than 50 kinds of shrubs and trees including the Uvaria Kirkii, Birdseye Bush, Black Plum trees, Mangosteen, Custard Apple and Natal Wild Pear.

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Pugu Forest Hiking 8/8/2018

We recently took tourists for hiking at Pugu Hills Nature Reserve and it was really fun and our clients left with beautiful memories with them.

We will glad to take you any day so, don’t hesitate to book with us via WhatsApp/call +255 683 833 513 or send a mail at info@safaris56.com.

 

Travel with Minaki Eco and Cultural Tourism Enterprise our Pugu forest cultural center offering cheap and affordable prices on all packages

MINAKI ECO AND CULTURAL ENTERPRISE

Visit the people and experience nature . Is a great place to learn about Tanzania culture for a short period of time, our center is located in kisarawe district, coastal region, Tanzania, and we are situated 25KM on the outskirt of Dar es salaam city and 15KM from Julius kambarage Nyerere international airport. We have specialized in presenting the zaramo (Swahili culture) to our guests since the zaramo are the largest ethnic group nearby the city of Dar es salaam , Zaramo culture presents the life of the coastal community in Tanzania . You can explore traditional life styles, historical scared sites, historical colonial buildings, traditional dances and ceremonies, cooking and tasting local foods, traditional arts and crafts , nature reserve and the famous Pugu forests

PACKAGES

DAR ES SALAAM TOWN WALK TOUR
Over view
Take a trip around the famous east African business and fast growing city of Dar es salaam on a hop on hop off bus pass or guided walk . during the town orientation you will see landmarks such as
The national museum
The biggest and old public market in Tanzania ( kariakoo}
The fish market
Taste some local food in the local restaurants and eat all while getting some exercise and experience the Tanzania and people lifestyles .

INCLUDES

  1. National museum entrance fee
  2. Hop on hop off bus pass/ guided walk fee
  3. Lunch
  4. PRICE FOR THIS TOUR $ 20 PER PERSON

DEPARTS DAILY

2. VILLAGE WALK TOUR
Explore the nearby village 25 km from Dar es salaam city , in Kisarawe meet the local people , visit preschools , local market , traditional healer, dance like a local with traditional dance , eat with the local. This is a must for any one who wants an authentic view of Tanzania life style .

THIS TOUR CAN INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING

VISIT KISANGIRE GERMAN FORT
You can see the cave and ruins of the first headquarter of German fort in Kisarawe, which was built by the German leader for the army before world war 1, the German army fight underground escape tunnel, used during the war.

ZARAMO(SWAHILI RITUALS CEREMONIES AND TRADITTIONAL DANCES
Dance with the locals , beating drums sing and celebrate every traditional rhythm. Knowing the history behind boys and girls motherhood initiation(kungwi and ngariba)

SANZE VILLAGE
In this village there is the remains of chief sanze grave (zaramo tribe chief), and know the history relates to the history of zaramo tribe.

First German leader in kisarawe grave (missionary)

Slave grave burned together

INCLUDES

  1. Transport from the city to the village option
  2. Guided walk fee
  3. Local lunch
  4. Price depends on which type of transport
  5. Hop on hop off public transport / private transport

3.FOODIE CULTURAL TOUR
A perfect tour for foodies spend a day eating and drinking your way through the town of kisarawe .Explore the local food in local restaurants trying different local drinks (coffee} and lastly have a go and cook your own Tanzania local dishes, Learning the art of cooking favorite traditional foods with local family,it is a lot of fun joining in preparation of local ingredients and spices, and experience how we use a mix of local utensils and cookers to prepare delicious dishes. Client will go to buy food staff from the market and finally to the kitchen for preparation to experience African dish cooking.

INCLUDES

  1. Town food walking tour
  2. Township tour
  3. Tanzania local food home cooking experience
  4. Price for this tour
  5. DAILY DEPARTS

Price depends on type of transport used hop on hop off public transport / private transport

3. COMMUNITY AND NATURE VISIT
This is the best way to experience a bit of everything Tanzania has to offer , spend the first few days helping in different community services {schools, environment activities, enterprenuer skills, helping out in orphanage centers . then go for a short 2-5 hours hiking at our famous pugu forest or you can choose go on a safari to the nearest selous game reserve 152km from town.

4. FOREST TREKKING TOUR
Pugu and kisarawe are among the oldest forest in the world undisturbed coastal forest. Have a close canopy which a few piooner species are found 14 plant species , 2 mammals species and 1subspecies of birds . The forest hills is a good place for acclimatizing , birds spot. While hiking provides a good way of enjoying learning and exposure in a few hours .

Types of trekking are as follows :
A} View point hike to see the city and the indian ocean
B} The water reservoirs hike, hiking to natural water reservoir that once used and still used as one of the source of water for kisarwe town
C} The cave hike visiting a cave that regarded as a scared place for wazaramo.
Hiking can take duration from 2 to 5 hours

DEPARTS DAILY

5. HOME STAY EXPERIENCE OR AN OVERNIGHT SWAHILI STAY
The day starts , visiting the village and stay with the local family, getting involve with the local community by practicing day to day activities, going to the market , cooking , fetching water, visiting the farm(shamba), cleaning around the compound and lastly overnight stay .

INCLUDES

  1. Accommodation in a Swahili house
  2. Transport
  3. Meals(traditional)
  4. Local professional guide.

6.TRADITIONAL ART AND CRAFTS OR HAND MADE PRODUCTS TOUR”MAKE YOUR OWN”
This can be a full or half day tour . the tour starts with unforgettable lecture of all what has been prepared for the day to make , starting from collection of materials, processing and making, final products. Clients will be allowed to practice all the process by their own hands and at the ends will take the products or items with them as part of souvenir made by their own hands .

Items or products in the tour

  1. Local made cashewnuts
  2. Local made coconut oil
    Local made beads ,leather shoes
  3. Local made carvings (Mask, animals , human statue,candle holders(vinyago)
  4. Local made traditional Swahili massages products
  5. Local made food products (snacks, main food, beverage)
  6. Local made clothes (batiki fabric)

LOCATION: KISARAWE TANZANIA.
25 KM DRIVE FROM DAR ES SALAAM CITY
15 KM DRIVE FROM MWALIMU NYERERE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
152 KM DRIVE FROM SELOUS GAME RESERVE
CONTACTS : +255 693 154 488
EMAIL: minakicultural@gmail.com