Amani Village Tour
Amani is a picturesque rural Tanzanian village. Situated at top of the Usambara Mountains Amani escarpment where the soil is fertile, the village benefits from a very good rainy season and plentiful water coming off the mountains year round. Like most villages, the centre is a bustling and chaotic muddle of small dukas (shops). The vibrant shop fronts are set against the red earth of the bumpy roads, all with the vivid forest green of the mountains in the background. As you move away from the main drag things quieten down into sleepy, shaded rural life. Children dominate the scene, dashing around with home made toys, or speeding down rough roads on bikes that are much too big for them. Women at home call out their daily news to their neighbours, while hand milling the maize or sorting through rice.
Amani has a butterfly conservation initiative where local villagers collect pupa and in a sustainable mannor they are shipped abroad. It is possible to visit this project and to buy jewelery made from beautiful butterfly wings.
A popular activity from Emau Hill is cycling. Bring your own bike, or rent one from us. We have a selection of mountain bike sizes for all ages and helmets if you like. Intrepid explorers can go anywhere, freestyle. The cycling is fairly hard, as we are in the mountains. It can also be quite wet in some areas so be prepared for a muddy adventure!