Further south from Mkomazi are the Usambara Mountains. The eastern part of this mountain is home to Amani Nature Reserve. Due to the diversity of the plants found in this reserve, the significance of this area in terms of biological diversity can be equated to the world-famous Galapagos Islands.
How to get to Amani Nature Reserve: From Arusha it is a 6-hour drive on a nice tarmac road.
What to do: This is a nature lovers paradise with so many plant species to be seen and forest inhabitants such as the three-horned chameleon and butterflies. Since this is a forest reserve activities in this area are best enjoyed by walking/hiking.
Where to stay: Acceptable, no-frills accommodation is available in the area, such as the Emau Hill Forest Camp (www.emauhill.com), Amani Guest House and Sigi Guest House.
When to go: Year round, although the rains in April to May might make it difficult to experience the reserve’s beauty without getting wet!
Experiencing Amani Nature Reserve: A visit is usually incorporated into a program combining Mkomazi, Lushoto (West Usambara Mountains) and Amani Nature Reserve. Ask us for an itinerary.
For those seeking a beach experience after visiting both Mkomazi and the Usambara Mountains, Pangani beach is the perfect answer. There are a number of lodges located along the shore. The Pangani area has recently been declared a marine sanctuary. We would recommend The Tides Lodge (www.tideslodge.com) in Pangani. Ask us for an itinerary.