Amani Nature Reserve : West of Tanga, in the center of the eastern Usambara, is where you’ll find this reserve. It is a tranquil, densely planted area of montane forest that is frequently disregarded. It is alive with the sounds of running water, chirping insects, and singing birds. For those with an interest in ornithology or botany, it is also very rich in rare plant and bird species, making the detour highly worthwhile. A network of short, guided or not, treks via covered forest paths is available for traveling around. The area has stunning plants and animals, as well as nighttime cicadas and tree infants.

Even if your interest in botanical stuff is confined to the greens on your plate, this reserve is one of Africa’s largest botanical gardens, with enough connecting trails through the primordial rain forest to keep you in raptures for a whole week. The reserve, which is surrounded by 19 settlements, features approximately 344 different bird and tree species.

Amani Nature Reserve was official gazzeted On May 8, 1997. The East Usambara Mountains are believed to have supported human habitation for even longer than 2,000 years. The region’s first known settlements date to the early Iron Age in the third century AD. The majority of the Amani plateau was heavily forested, with sporadic settlements mostly centered on the Western Escarpment.

Kili-Success You can reach an ecotourism destination based on walking and hiking to Amani Nature Reserves by climbing and going on a safari. The main draw is strolling and trekking through the forest. There are routes for walking. You can witness blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and Amani’s only native bird species, the Nduk eagle owl, while strolling through the area.

Nine different varieties of African violet garden flowers as well as vibrant butterflies, some of which are unique to Usambara, will also be present. Other birds include the woodland warbler, Uluguru violet-backed oriole, green-headed oriole, and Amani sunbirds. To sum up, the region is home to beautiful birds, butterflies, animals, and plants, some of which are unique to the region.


The natural reserve provides trails for woodland hikes, nighttime strolls, camping, excursions to butterfly farms, and opportunities for bird watching. With many bird watchers traveling to Amani in an effort to see some of the 340 species reported in the East Usambara, the last activity has proven to be very well-liked.

Nighttime Walks with Chameleons

The brief night hikes leave from Emau Hill at Amani Forest Camp in search of endemic species of chameleons. During the day, chameleons are very difficult to find, but at night, they glow white in torchlight. As a result, they are more visible. Make sure you have a good torch because our knowledgeable guides will make sure you enjoy your nighttime hike. Children of all ages will enjoy this game.

 You can find various chameleon species, including tiny Rhampholians, not far from the Amani camp. The magnificent Usambara three-horned chameleon is another famous endemic of the Usambaras, in addition to the pygmy chameleons (Chameleo deremnsis). It is rarer to see the Usambara two-horned chameleon.


Many different bird species, including some well-known endemics like the Usambara eagle-owl, can be seen just by strolling around the camp and the nearby fields. See how many birds you can spot, and see if you can add to the list by carrying the accompanying bird checklist with you. Feel free to explore the fields, but please take care not to step on our neighbors’ crops. Our neighbors are all pleasant people.

Amani Nature Reserve
Amani Nature Reserve

 We have a variety of eagles, including the long-crested, tawny, and crowned eagles, and the breathtaking vistas over the woodlands are perfect for raptor viewing. Gymnogene and forest buzzards are commonly spotted over camps.

Local Fun

Amani is one of the few tea-producing regions in Tanzania that has a very well-balanced ratio and share between farming and conservation. It also has some of the best rain forests, climate, endemic species, and biking paths for all abilities, tastes, and ages. You may rent bicycles here.

The Butterfly Project, Kwamkoro Tea Estate, Mbomole Hill, Derema Waterfalls, and Tree Frog Night Walk are just a few of the hikes that are accessible. There are 74 types of creatures, including reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and mollusks, in addition to endemic and endangered plants, more than 340 species of birds, some of which are endemic, and endangered flora.

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