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.