Mazumbai Forest Reserve

Mazumbai Forest Reserve is a 320 ha of montane evergreen rainforest stretching from 1300 to 1900 meters above sea level located in Lushoto District in the West Usambara Mountains between latitude 4o50’S and longitude 38o30’E. The forest reserve is one of the best examples of pristine rainforest of this type remaining in East Africa. The forest not only serves as a sanctuary for rare and endemic plant and animal species in Usambara mountains, but also provides water catchment proprieties essential to the surrounding human population. The forest is owned and managed by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).

Mazumbai Forest Reserve vegetation is stratified into five vegetation communities located in different altitudinal bands of the forest:- (a) at 1468 masl: Sorindeia usambarensis-Parinary exelsa-Newtonia buchananii forest, (b) at 1515 masl: Strombosia scheffleriCraibea brevicaudataPachysteh msoloIsoberlina scheffleri forest, (c) at 1527 masl: Syzygium guineenseSorindeia usambarensisParinari exelsaNewtonia buchananii forest., (d) at 1662 masl: Ocotea usambarensis – Syzygium guinenseParinari exelsa forest and (e) at 1770 masl: Agauria salicifolia – Ocotea usambarensis – Cryptocarya liebertina forest.

The emergent tree species reach heights over 50m and diameters up to 2 meters. In addition many porous huge trees are supported by huge buttresses and have long creeping roots. Typical lower storey plants include species of Dracaena, Maytenus and Rauvolfia.

The forest is also important for the Africa violets (Saintpaulia spp) and a number of fungi and foliicolous lichens.Vegetation and Flora
Mazumbai Forest Reserve vegetation is stratified into five vegetation communities located in different altitudinal bands of the forest:- (a) at 1468 masl: Sorindeia usambarensis-Parinary exelsa-Newtonia buchananii forest, (b) at 1515 masl: Strombosia scheffleri – Craibea brevicaudata – Pachysteh msolo – Isoberlina scheffleri forest, (c) at 1527 masl: Syzygium guineense – Sorindeia usambarensis – Parinari exelsa – Newtonia buchananii forest., (d) at 1662 masl: Ocotea usambarensis – Syzygium guinense – Parinari exelsa forest and (e) at 1770 masl: Agauria salicifolia – Ocotea usambarensis – Cryptocarya liebertina forest.
The emergent tree species reach heights over 50m and diameters up to 2 meters. In addition many porous huge trees are supported by huge buttresses and have long creeping roots. Typical lower storey plants include species of Dracaena, Maytenus and Rauvolfia.
The forest is also important for the Africa violets (Saintpaulia spp) and a number of fungi and foliicolous lichens.

Mazumbai Forest Reserve has two beautiful Swiss chalets built in 1940’s which they can accommodate 12 people. The chalets grand living rooms are heated by a warm fireplace, creating an ambience of relaxation after long hikes in the forest. In addition the centre provide cutleries and kitchen assistance to visitors and also there is small library with collections of research reports mainly about the Mazumbai forest and adjacent forests and villages which are made available to researchers and students as reference materials.


The chalets are surrounded with a tranquil well-tended flower gardens and evergreen lawns with beauty that enchants the visitor. The lawns are also used as camping sites. There is also enough supply of unpolluted fresh water originating from streams in the forest. The water is also used to run a Swiss hydroelectric generator to produce electricity for lighting in the houses. 

No.

Name of employee

Position

Contact

1

Saidi S. Kiparu

Principal Forester and Forest Manager

0754823569

skiparu2001@yahoo.com

2

Julius M. Mhema

Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Police

0686355992

3

Salum A. Nkaya

Senior Office Attendant

0763070084

4

Richard M. Mndolwa

Assistant Inspector of Auxiliary Police

0787414661

5

Daudi J. Shekibua

Cook II

0786427364

6

Joyce B. Makeve

Corporal of Auxiliary Police

0686934999

7

Yose W. Kaniki

Forest Attendant II

0687781745

8

Abasi A. Mhema

Forest Attendant II

0684975643

9

Imamu J. Gendo

Forest Attendant II

0682836431

10

Godfrey F. Mhema

Forest Attendant II

0783840105

11

Christopher M. Walisha

Forest Attendant II

0686958745

Contacts

Manager
Mazumbai Forest Reserve
P.O.Box 152, Soni Tanzania
E-mail: mazumbai@sunet.ac.tz or mazumbaiforest@yahoo.com