Day Trip to PUGU Hills Forest Reserve

The Pugu Forest is 12 KM from the airport and 25 KM from the Dar es Salaam city center. Originally named the Mogo Forest, is considered one of the oldest forests in the world. The Pugu Hills Forest Reserve is the location of the source of the Msimbazi River. The forest is protected because of its high bio-diversity levels. Pugu Forest has been visited by many biologists and is one of the top forests for bird conservation in Africa with over 80 recorded species. On the other side of an abandoned railway tunnel are man-made caves that house a large colony of bats. Visitors to Pugu Forest can watch the bats as they fly out of the caves in the evening, which is quite amazing.

A leisurely drive to the South West of Dar Es Salaam leads to Pugu Hills. Where important mission stations were established including Pugu Secondary school where Julius Nyerere (Tanzania’s First president) was working as a teacher before he ventured into politics full-time.

The forest here part of which, is gazetted as protected area is home to various wildlife e.g. Leopards, bush babies, civets and a great number of bird species.

Hiking is possible in this area on designated paths. A walk to the viewpoint gives a panoramic view of Dar es Salaam. Lunch will be at the local restaurant, after a leisurely afternoon, return to the City arriving by dusk


Price are per Person as below;

Price per Person in US$ – 1Pax    2Pax    3Pax   4Pax  5Pax    6+ Pax
Full day – 12 hours            250     150       100       80    60         50


  • vehicle + English speaking driver
  • 1 litter mineral water


  • Drinks & lunch
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Entry fees to the forest
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • Emergency evacuation insurance US $ 20 per person

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