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Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Walk along steep slopes, through dense tropical forests and villages of Pare in the Mbaga Hills deep within the Southern Pare Mountains, about 150 km from Moshi.

A tour of southern Pare Mountains includes:
  • A trip to the hilltop Ranzi Dam and Tona grounds to get glimpses of German history, and unique flora and fauna.
  • A climb to the different mountain peaks from where you get excellent views of Mkomazi Game Reserve, Mt.Kilimanjaro, Shengena Peak and Taita Hills of Kenya
  • A view of Shengena Peak, the highest point of the eastern Arc Mountains
  • A view into Pare culture

Different tours are on offer:

·         Half day walking tours:

o   Mghimbi Caves and Malameni Rock

Visit the Mghimbi Caves, which in 1860 were used as hiding places during slave raids.Proceed to Malameni Rock where till 1930, thousands of children were sacrificed to the gods to appease the evil spirits.

o   Mpepera view point

From this view point, see Mt.Kimlimanjaro and the expanse of the Mkomazi Game Reserve. A cross on the hilltop symbolizes a peaceful union between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics of the area.

·         One day tours:

o   Tona Moorland- Ranzi Dam

From Tona Lodge, walk through lush rainforests to view  Malameni Rock and then proceed to Tona Moorland. Behind the moorland are ruins from the period of German missionary influence in Mbaga Hills.Go on to Ranzi Dam, where you can picnic besides a natural spring.

o   Heiganda Duma viewpint

Visit Mbakweni village, home to traditional healers and breweries. Go on to Mlamba Natural Caves and Chabaru, a traditional village, before you begin your ascent to Heiganda Duma viewpoint.

o   Ikongwe village tour

From Tona Lodge, walk along mountain terraces and waterfalls. The area abounds in tropical fruits. On the way back, stop by Mpepera viewpoint.

o   Red Reservoir tour

This is an excellent picnic and bird-viewing spot high in the mountains near the Tona Moorlands.

o   Pare 4 x 4 car round trip

The beautiful Pare Mountains can be explored by driving around. Visit the villages, the farmers, and listen to the legends of the Pare people.

·         3 day hike

Shengena Forest

o   Day 1

Leave Tona Lodge early morning and walk through the green countryside to Chome Village. Stay with a local family, sample the local food and enjoy the rich Pare culture.

o   Day 2

Continue ascent to the edge of Shengena Forest where you can camp under the stars.

o   Day 3

Rise at 4 am and hike up Shengena Peak to watch a stunning sunrise.