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Experience nature at its best at Pugu Hills Nature Reserve

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Pugu hills borders the Pugu Forest Reserve which is the favorite among the nature lovers. One can visit the nature center for recreational and sportive activities. There is a swimming pool, a 1km running trail and a football field. Pugu hills Forest 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 inlucding the Uvaria Kirkii, Birdseye Bush, Black Plum trees, Mangosteen, Custard Apple and Natal Wild Pear. One can still find civets, leopards and cheetahs here along with colobus monkeys, warthogs, hippos, jackals and giraffes. Smaller mammals like elephant shrews and mongooses are found too. This is a good place for hiking. There are hiking trails that offer different durations to suit the abilities of the hikers. Some popular hikes include is its to the cattle market, southern hills view point and cultural tourism. There are 4 bandas or elevated rondavels in the forest area. However, hiking is possible only with the permission of Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

See also : Take a stroll in the Temple Road

Opening hours: 11:00 to 23:00 hours daily

Address: Pugu Hills, Pugu Hills Nature Centre, Tanzania

How to reach: Take the tar road to Kisarawe after getting down at the airport. Then take a left after 12km. After 800m turn right on dirt road. After 300m, take a right at the crossing. Follow the road till the village is left behind. After 300m, take right at the crossing. You would find the gate of Pugu hill. "

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