- Oct, 16/2019
- By: Fahad
Magamba Nature Forest Reserve (MNFR) is a state owned forest reserve in Lushoto District, and it covers a total of 9,283 ha. This Reserve has remained unspoiled due to the conservation efforts of the Lushoto people and Government.
The reserve altitude varies between 1650m and 2300m above the sea level, where Kwehondo peak being the highest peak of the reserve rising to about 2300m above the sea level.
Magamba Nature Forest Reserve has high biological diversity with high richness of flora and fauna due to the varied altitudinal and climatic conditions present in the area. The reserve is managed for biodiversity conservation, water sources, ecotourism activities and research purposes.
Animals include bush-pig, black and white Colobus monkeys, rabbits, antelope sand squirrels whereas; reptiles include chameleons, lizards and snakes. The forest also has varieties of birds species including owls, swifts, Caprimulgus guttifer (Usambara nightjar) Bubo vosseleri (Usambara eagle owl), Neocossyehus poensis (White tailed ant-thrush), Turdus pelios (African thrush), Turdus roehli (Usambara thrush), Sheppardia Montana (Usambara akalat), Nectarinia usambaricus (Usambara sunbird), Ploceus melanogaster (Black billed weaver) and Pachyphates supperciliosus (Compact weaver) and a number of insects such as butterflies, ants, beetles, millipedes and centipede species.
Visitors can experience the flora and fauna of the reserve through sights seeing, walking and hiking through beautiful mountain forest.
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