Forest Hike at Rau Forest Reserve

Explore the Magical Forest Near Moshi in a Day

Full Day Hike at Rau Forest Reserve Near Moshi

This is a nature forest hike to the Rau forest reserve which is one of the attraction found in the Moshi lowland. The reserves is an underground water forest which is well known for its important catchment values as it host not only a numbers of Natural spring but also some valuable tree species and animal species especially two species of moneys namely black and white colubus monkeys (Collubus Guezzera) and blue monkeys.

 

Full Day Hike at Rau Forest Reserve Near Moshi travel with local

Another species which can be observed while walking in the forest includes various species of butterfly dik dik (rarely in some parts of the forest) squirrels as well as some forested bird species.

Full Day Hike at Rau Forest Reserve Near Moshi tanzania travel with local

Also the forest is very famous and well known to the locals who inhabited the surroundings for many years and who has been using the forest not only for their daily survive and firewood collections but also for the rituals purposes. This is evidenced and can be observed by visiting one of the huge and oldest tree of East African teak (Milicia excelsa) or Mvule mkuu as its called by locals.

Full Day Hike at Rau Forest Reserve Near Moshi tanzania travel with local trees

The tree is used by the traditional healers from the nearby communities for Rituals and medicinal purposes using the bark of the tree. Some peoples believes that the tree can be used to chase away the evil spirit.

The forest walk also involves visiting and if interested taking part in our conservation initiative on either spending 30-45 minutes in our tree nurseries watering and managing young seedlings or plant some trees to help conserving the forest.

Full Day Hike at Rau Forest Reserve Near Moshi tanzania travel with local hikes near moshi town

From the edge of the forest in the southern part the hike can be extended to the rice farms where the local farmers conduct irrigation farming system to more than 3000 ha of rice plots.

The cultivated plots makes the forest and overall plains not only more beautiful and very attractive greenish but also one of the important feeding ground to more than 20 migratory bird species coming to feed in the waterlogged vegetation.

Therefore if your have interest in bird this can be the perfect place. Some bird species which can be observed includes storks, jacanas, ibises, egret , heroine and many others depending on the seasons.

Finally the walk is finished by enjoying the delicious and hot local lunch with local varieties at mamas place just few meters from forest main entrance.

Tour duration: Full day tour 6-8 hrs.  Tour includes guiding, entrance fees and lunch.

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Hamis
HamisYour Local Guide to Rau Forest Reserve
My name is Hamis, born and raised in the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africans highest mountain. With long term experience and interest in tourism activity local attractions around Moshi town and nearby areas being one of my passion. Along with this I am also a guide and one of the founding members of the Cultural tourism program, organising day trips activities in Moshi lowland just few miles south of Moshi town. I can arrange to travelers both: half and full day forest hike to Rau Reserve, local rice farming tour, bird watching, cycling tours, village cultural walks as well as local meals with local mamas. Drop me a line and lets do this tour!
I also have strong interest in Environmental Conservation activities and getting closer to the nature with giving back to the nature as one of our recent project to save the forest and the nearby community.

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Scenic Views... A wonderfull bird watching experience!
I went for a walk to Rau. Our tour guides Hamisi and Linus were amazing at giving details to the area. I enjoyed hiking through the forest sporting some black and white colobus. We then proceeded to the rice fields and it was amazing to know how rice is cultivated in these lowlands of Moshi. I may say it was my first time to see rice farming so close after years of consuming the cereal for food. The place is also amazing for bird watching I tell you....and yummy! yummy! Yummy! was the taste of local food prepared after the tour. I would recommend it to anyone who want to spend a day in this area.
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Big up guys! You deserve to become a famous tour
Hamis has been an amazing guide, sharing his knowledge about trees and birds, and i had a great time in the heart of Rau forest. The lunch prepared by a local mama was delicious and I'm 100% sure that everybody would enjoy as much as I did. I strongly recommend to try that tour when you are in Moshi.
06/16/2016, 9:58 am
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Great experience in Rau forest, I recommand for everyone who want to have fun and know more about nature!!!
I can only recommend to contact Hamis. It was a pleasure to hike in the forest with passionated and devoted guides like them. Asante sana guys!!! Tutaonana tena!
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