Amani Nature Reserve

Amani Forest Camp’s main attraction is Amani Nature Reserve. Amani Nature Reserve was established in 1997 to look after the unique forest habitat of the area. The East Usambara Mountains receive several meters of rainfall annually. This abundance of moisture combined with variable soil types has produced exceptionally high levels of plant and insect endemism. These in turn support a wide variety of endemic bird species. There are a number of species of birds named after the Usambaras themselves: Usambara Weaver, Usambara Alkalat, Usambara Hyliota, and Usambara Eagle-Owl. Getting more specific there is the Amani Sunbird and the Amani Tailorbird named after the Nature Reserve itself. Amani is also home to several endemic reptiles and amphibians including the Usambara two and three horned chameleons. As reserves like Amani are totally dependent upon visitor revenue to support their conservation efforts, there is sadly still steady deforestation in the Usambaras.

In Amani Nature Reserve there are several trails ranging from short 20min strolls, to multi day hiking expeditions. If you are a keen walker then enjoying at least one of these hiking opportunities is strongly recommended. The most popular hikes are up to Mbomole Hill and Siggi Mountain, looking for monkeys, birds and chameleons and enjoying the spectacular views.    Bear in mind, however, that it is very hot, particularly at midday, and this can have a significant effect on even the fittest of walkers.  Much more information is available on request.

 

 

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