Amani Forest Camp – Emau Hill

Emau Hill is a comfortable and friendly camp on the border of Amani Nature Reserve, in the heart of the East Usambara Mountains. Amani Nature Reserve is one of Tanzania’s least known and yet most beautiful reserves.

Built by an entirely local workforce and staffed by members of the community, Emau Hill, or Amani Forest Camp, was originally set up by an NGO working in collaboration with the local church. It has been developed with the aim of improving community livelihoods as well as providing a great place for visitors to visit the spectacular Amani Nature Reserve and stay.

Proud of our low-impact, eco-friendly ethos and we continue to find ways to improve our services to our guests while using recognized best practices to keep our footprint on the Earth as small as possible. They use renewable energy from solar panels and composting toilets to keep our impact on the local environment to a minimum.


Amani Forest Camp has three en-suite cottages, three en-suite safari tents, and a campsite. Each unit has solar-power lighting. In three en-suite cottages, there is a socket for charging phones and camera batteries. The en-suite units all have a hot water supply. Also, supply hot water in our public showers for those opting to camp.

Clifftop en-suite cottages. Perched on the top of the cliff, are our Clifftop Cottages, overlooking the valley and stream, these 2 spacious en-suite rooms can accommodate up to 4 people with a large window overlooking the forest.  The rooms have the capacity to be inter-connecting, ideal for larger families and groups. They are pleasantly furnished with comfortable beds, tables,s, and chairs.

En-suite safari tents. Offer three en-suite safari tents spread out around the grounds. Each unit has solar power lighting and a hot water supply.

Meals. All meals are prepared fresh. Cater for individual needs as well as possible. Each morning is a breakfast feast, served with Tanzanian coffee or tea. Lunch can be served at the camp or a picnic lunch can be provided while on a hike and a three-course dinner is served in the restaurant. The “Canopy Bar” is well stocked and provides a great venue for sun-downers with a view of the forest.

Emau Hill Experience

Enjoy hiking through Emau Hill to find endemic species of chameleons.  Chameleons are very hard to find during the day, but at night they glow white in the torchlight. Just a short walk from camp you can find several species of chameleon, including the pygmy Rhampholians. In addition to the pygmy chameleons, a notable endemic of the Usambaras is the spectacular Usambara three-horned chameleon  (Chameleo deremnsis, the Usambara two-horned chameleons is less frequently seen.