Forest Hike at Rau Forest Reserve – Explore the Magical Forest near Moshi in a Day
This is a nature forest hike to the Rau forest reserve which is one of the attractions 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.
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.
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.
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 believe 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.
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 you 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.
Private transport to and from moshi/Arusha National Park,
Peter was an excellent, friendly, and knowledgeable guide. I did the 6 day Machame tour with comfort and ease - thanks to Peter's reminders to go slow and his team's hard work to ensure camp was ready upon our arrival. Peter had great leadership qualities and clearly seems to know how to deal with diverse clients.
Peter Kinyaiya is an excellent guide. He lead our group of porters and trekkers up the Machame route. Every one of us made it to Uhuru Peak the summit of Kilimanjaro. Peter was always ready with a helping hand or encouraging words.
It was an awesome trekking trip. My friends and I took Machame Route. I was very impressed with the beauty of various vegetation and flora as well as the breathtaking scenes over the whole mountain massif. Although I could not summit the Uhuru Peak because of my stomach problem but all of my friends accomplished with their big smiles. Thank...
My friends and I were on the week of Kilimanjaro Marathon, some of our group run full marthon and myself half. This race is a great race. We started our jorney on that afternoon when we have finshed the run. With the excellent care and support from Twende Group, my friend and I reached the Uhuru Peak exactly the time of sunrise. What amazing view, we experience. This would be one of our impressive our memory. Safari on the last day, we met closely with all Big Five.Thank You !!! Twede Africa Team.
We enjoyed every meter of this tour. Only the summit night was very hard. But Peter and Richi motivated us again and again and pole pole we reached the Stella Point. Here we experienced the most beautiful sunrise of our life. The last part of way up to Uhuru Peak was just fantastic. Walk through the snow, gaze at the giant glaciers and see the destination in front. We were so happy!
Thanks to Peter from Twende Africa Tours and his whole team. They have made it possible for us to realize our dream.