Amani Nature Reserve
Amani Nature Resrve is located in East Usambara. One of the smallest and lowest ranges in the Eastern Arc, the East Usambaras are one of the most important in ecological terms, supporting some of the most extensive and least degraded montane forest in Tanzania.
Along with other similar forests in the country, the East Usambaras are cited as a Biodiversity Hotspot. Amani Nature Reserve is located within this range, protecting 10,000ha of reletively undisturbed forest. Contained within the reserve are many endemic species including the Usambaran Three-horned Chameleon and the famous African Violet (Saintpaulia).
The Visitor's Centre is a short walk from the Sigi Guesthouse and contains details of the flora and fauna of the Usambara Mountains. There are seed samples and photographs of the more important species, and the centre also contains a section dedicated to local culture and crafts. In addition to the traditional methods there are examples of "green" technology for example fuel efficient stoves.
Amani Nature Reserve Accommodation view all
Amani Guesthouse is located high in the mountains near the tea plantations. The accommodation is basically the same as the guest house at Sigi, but due to it's proximity with the local settlements and reserve management offices, it tends to be less peaceful. It does however have good access to both the forest and Amani Peak. There is a lively local bar for the plantation workers.
Situated near Amani in the East Usambara Mountains, Emau Hill Forest Camp offers the ideal location for perfect relaxation, or to explore the lush mountain area with its beautiful remote surroundings.
Sigi Guesthouse set in a beautiful area of Amani Nature Reserve. It has good access both to the forest and to the Botanical Gardens. The accommodation comprises of a selection of rooms, all en-suite and simply furnished. The rooms are high ceilinged, airy and well maintained. Sigi is well located at quite a reasonable altitude offering a temperate climate and access to many of the walking trails.