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Day 1: Arrival

You will meet your guide on Kilimanjaro Int. Airport and will bring you safely to your hotel in Arusha. Here you can take your rest after the long flight and enjoy the African atmosphere. Also you can take a refreshing dive into the swimming pool.

Your experienced Tanzania Specialist wildlife guide can tell you a lot about the African culture and knows a lot about the wonderful nature. Don't hesitate to ask him any question, he will explain everything with pleasure.

Next day your Tanzania Safari will finally start!

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After breakfast you will gather your luggage and head off to Lake Natron National Park. The beautiful drive takes you past the Rift Valley, and on the way you will visit a Maasai village. The Maasai live in the territory of lions and elephants, but they know how to protect their own territory – and that of their goats and cows – according to nature’s principles.

During this visit they will tell you how and describe their daily life. Afterwards, you go to the lodge for a delicious lunch.

The next morning the trip continues to Lake Natron, a world famous breeding ground for flamingos. A local guide will walk you to the view point, where millions of these amazing birds paint the horizon pink. Lunch is at your beautifully located lodge, between a volcano and a lake; a wonderful place to relax for the afternoon. Although if you want to head out with your guide again, then of course you can.

NB: Due to several incidents that have happened at the waterfalls in Lake Natron, we do not recommend taking a hike up the steep rocks. As a tour operator we are however required to pay for all activities at the entrance gate to Natron. If you will still wish to go for a hike at the waterfalls, it should be at your own risk / precautions.

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Today you will visit Selous Game Reserve – one of the largest game reserves in the world! Many elephants, hippos and crocodiles live here and you can spot endangered rhinos and hard-to-find wild dogs too! It is much quieter here than in the other parks, so you definitely have the chance of a unique safari experience! The Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean, crosses the entire reserve. Around this river there is a swampy area with an enormous amount of crocodiles. The Stiegler Gorge is a special attraction here. This is a gap 100 meters deep and 100 meters wide. Selous is also one of the few national parks where you can go on a boat safari. It is also one of the few parks that allows walking safari. But you can also enjoy the surroundings to the full in the car and watch the many animals!

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Derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin, Ruaha National Park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes which can not be found in any other national park, can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, impalas and Jackals. The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571 species. Ruaha National Park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.

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You will visit Mikumi National Park, in southern Tanzania with a landscape similar to the Serengeti. Mikumi is the easiest park to reach if you come from Dar es Salaam. This makes it an ideal safari destination for short safaris from Dar es Salaam, even for those who do not have much time!

The park has a great variety of animals. Hippopotamus pools provide easy access to the hippos and are also home to many unique birds! The Mkata Foodplain is a wide plain in the park where you can observe wildlife very well. Animals you can see here are lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, buffalos and more than 400 different species of birds! The park borders the Selous Game Reserve to the south and the two areas form a unique ecosystem. The chances of meeting lions climbing trees here are greater than in other parks!

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Today you will visit Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is 1990 km2 in size and has various habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo forest, grassland and steppe. There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species and 6 primate species.

Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers as the park has no paved roads and is only accessible on foot. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day hike to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 meters through a misty fog into the wooded valley below.

Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for its rich bird life, which includes more than 400 species. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including the partridge, first discovered in 1991, which is more closely related to an Asian species than to any other African bird.

Of six registered primate species, the red Iringa colobus and Sanje Crested mangabey are found nowhere else in the world – the latter remained remarkably undiscovered by biologists before 1979.

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Katavi National Park lies in the remote area southwest of Tanzania, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The wilderness of Katavi is one of the most untouched areas in the entire country.

Katavi’s dramatic scenery is as varied as it is pristine. Flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways are home to a huge population of hippo and varied birdlife. In the woodlands to the west, forest canopies shroud herds of buffaloes and elephants. Seasonal lakes fill with dirty colored water after the rains and animals from all corners of the park descend in them to drink. The park is also home to the rare roan and sable antelope species, and it is a must-see for the visitors intending to explore the wilds of the continent.

Isolated, untrammeled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as if it must have been a century ago.

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Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift, south of the Ngorongoro highlands. The scenery of Lake Eyasi attracts hippos who like to cool off in its brackish waters. Bird lovers will be in paradise here, as the lake attracts vast numbers of birds of all sizes and colors. Some main birds to be found here include; Africa spoonbill, flamingos, gray headed gulls, great white pelicans and pied avocet.

The Hadzabe bushmen live in this region, as do the Datoga and Mbulu tribes. A visit with the bushmen is worthwhile and they will graciously show you where and how they live and hunt. They subsist entirely of the bush and by bow hunting.

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Mkomazi National Park is a magnificent 3,500 square kilometer national park in northern Tanzania. Remote and originally inaccessible, it was founded in 1951 but never received the necessary financial support like other parks. It was not until 1989 that its true meaning was recognized. Nowadays it is easily accessible. Mkomazi National Park is a spectacular wilderness. In the northwest, Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in sight. To the south, the Pare and Usambara mountains create a dramatic backdrop, and to the north, Kenya’s vast Tsavo National Park borders the Mkomazi and provides a common base for migrating herds of elephants, oryx and zebras during the rainy season. Together with Tsavo, it forms one of the largest and most important protected ecosystems on earth. Mkomazi is located on the southern tip of the Sahel. It is a classic arid area with gray-green nyika bush, old baobabs, and isolated rocky hills. In other places the scrub seas give way to savannah forests with umbrella acacias and mbugas – flat grassland valleys. The animals are also typical of the dry landscape: giraffes, antelopes, small kudu, impala and gazelle share the reserve with elephants, buffalo and numerous predators, including lion, leopard and cheetah. A total of 78 species of mammals were recorded. There are also over 400 registered bird species such as hornbills, weaver birds, guinea fowl, fighting eagles and the purple hoopoe.

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Today you will visit Tanga. It is the regional headquarters of the region and one of the largest cities in the country. Compared to Arusha or Moshi it is a quiet city, but with a comparable population. The city of Tanga is located on the Indian Ocean near the border with Kenya. The name Tanga is derived from the word “sail”, because the port and the surrounding area are still the center of life in Tanga. The most important export goods from the port include sisal, coffee, tea and cotton Trading post and under the control of the Sultanate of Oman, the city continued to function as a trading port for ivory and slaves. The Germans bought the coastal strip of mainland Tanzania from the Sultan of Zanzibar in 1891 and it became the center of the city before the establishment of Dar es Salaam in the early 20th century After the First World War, Britain gained control and used its agricultural potential, and some of the imposing colonial houses of the higher-ranking members of the British Empire can still be found near the sea. However, since independence in 1961, the port of Tanga has lost more and more influence. Today, Tanga, despite its size, is a pleasant place with a sleepy, semi-colonial atmosphere, wide streets full of cyclists and motorbikes, fascinating architecture, and faded charm. The city’s buildings are still marked by its history: fabulous Art Deco villas on the Ras Kazone peninsula, buildings with ornate mahogany balconies, colored glass windows and heavy, dark doors adorn the cityscape. The Bombo Hospital, built by the Germans, directly on the main road to Ras Kazone, protrudes like a castle in a Grimms fairy tale. It has long since fallen into disrepair and is now home to many birds.

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Today you will visit the beautiful Usambara mountain range, that is interspersed with grassy plains and tropical rainforest and is known for the many colorful villages you can visit during your stay in this area. The Usambara Mountains are located south of Tsavo National Park in Kenya and Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. It is one of the undiscovered places in Tanzania and this is what makes it a true paradise for nature and hiking lovers.

You will go for a hike with a local guide and discover the beautiful diversity of this vast area. On a clear day you can see the grass plains of Mkomazi as well as Kilimanjaro and enjoy the beautiful views that this area has to offer. During this special walk you will have the opportunity to meet the locals who will wave to you and give you a friendly smile. The locals are very hospitable and if you are open and interested, you will be spontaneously invited to get to know them better.

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Often overlooked by travelers, Pangani is a wonderful discovery! The quiet beaches of the mainland in Pangani are not easy to reach, but it is worth the effort for those who seek peace and tranquility in a real hideaway of tropical beauty rather than the hustle and bustle of the noisy and expensive islands.

This tiny village is about 50 km south of Tanga and 170 km south of Mombasa and is still an untouched paradise. Although archaeologists have found the remains of small 15th century settlements on the cliffs north of Pangani, the modern city only became known in the 19th century when it became an important point on the caravan routes under nominal Zanzibari rule.

From the 1860s onwards, large sugar and coconut plantations were established here. worked by slave laborers, Pangani also became an important centre of the slave trade. Residential buildings along the main street of Pangani give at least an impression of its history, as they feature both Arab and European architecture.

Along the seemingly endless coast lined with palm trees and coconuts are the lodges. A quiet place to rest and relax. Despite its secluded location there are a number of alternatives if you want more than just peace and quiet.

Snorkeling or diving excursions can be arranged with local fishermen. These Swahili fishermen are also more than willing to offer their services and take you to and from the sandbanks off the coast for a picnic in the sun. Although their ngalawas (wooden boats) are of somewhat rough manufacture, these small boats cut through the ocean like a knife. The coral reefs are not far from the coast. So if you are energetic, dive into this incredible underwater dreamland!

Or you can take the boat to a small sand island, Maziwi (newly designated as a marine reserve) rests on the coral reef. Most of the lodges offer windsurfing, kayaking and dhow rides as well as fishing trips. Longer trips such as the one to Zanzibar Island, a cruise on the Pangani River or possibly even a trip further south to the recently demarcated Saadani Game Reserve can be arranged.

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Saadani is a national park that is often overlooked. This small park is only four hours drive from Dar es Salaam and three hours drive from Tanga.

Its location is special because it is on the coast, allowing you to observe wildlife in a unique environment. This is the only national park on the coast of East Africa. It offers a variety of landscapes: mangroves, large coral reefs, sea and beach with many palm trees, savannah and cotton fields. The national park has a large population of waterbucks, wildebeests, antelopes, reedbucks, buffalos and giraffes. Warthogs, baboons and white-bearded monkeys can also be seen here regularly. Elephants, lions and leopards are a bit more shy here, but with a bit of luck you might spot them too! In Saadani National Park you can also go on a boat safari on the wami, where you can see hippos, huge crocodiles and beautiful kingfishers. Another nice activity you can do here is a walking safari. Here you walk through the park with an armed ranger. This is the only national park where you can combine an adventure safari with a relaxing stay at beautiful white beaches with many palm trees.

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Kilwa Kisiwani Island is located in southern Tanzania, a short boat trip from the mainland and was once a thriving seaport. From the eleventh century onwards, the Sultans of Kilwa became rich by controlling the gold trade. The most important standing ruins from this period are the Great Mosque and Palace at Husuni Kubwa.

The palace was unrivalled in East Africa for its architectural sophistication and splendour. The Great Mosque was founded in the 14th century and was the largest mosque in sub-Saharan Africa until the 16th century. The Portuguese built a fortress here in 1505.

Kilwa Fort was included in the World Monuments Watch in 1996 and the historical sites of the island in 2008, and in the same year WMF began conservation work.

On Kilwa the ruins of Husuni Kubwa’s palace and a collapsed part of the original city wall near Makutani Palace were restored. In March 2014, the conservation team completed the reconstruction of the main water reservoir on Songo Mnara in addition to the restoration of 13 structures.

Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara are among the most important historical sites along the coast of East Africa and both were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981.

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Bagamoyo is a city that was founded at the end of the 18th century and is an extension of the much older settlement Kaole from the 8th century. Bagamoyo was even once the capital of German East Africa and one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast. In the Kaole ruins are the remains of two mosques and 30 graves from the 13th century. Around the 17th century the settlement began to grow 2-3 miles north of Kaole. This area grew in prosperity and in the 18th century was given the name Bagamoyo as an important station in the caravan trade (the name means “relief and rest”). Until the 18th century, Bagamoyo was a small trading centre where the majority of the population were fishermen and farmers.

The most important trade goods were among others fish, salt and rubber. In the first half of the 19th century Bagamoyo became a trading port for ivory and the slave trade. Traders came from the African interior on their way to Zanzibar. This explains the meaning of the word Bagamoyo (“Bwaga-Moyo”), which in Kiswahili means “lay down your heart”. It is debatable whether this is due to the slave trade that passed through the city (“give up all hope”) or to the porters who rested in Bagamoyo after carrying 35 pounds of cargo from the Great Lakes region on their shoulders (“unload and rest”).

Many European explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone, began and ended their journeys here. In 1868 French missionaries founded Freedom Village in Bagamoyo as a shelter for freed slaves, and for the rest of the century the town served as a stopover for missionaries travelling inland from Zanzibar. When the German Empire decided in 1905 to build a railway from Dar Es Salam to the interior, Bagamoyo’s importance began to decline and today Bagamoyo is a centre for the construction of dhow sailboats.

The government is working to preserve the colonial ruins in and around Bagamoyo and to revive the city. Bagamoyo’s tranquil pace and fascinating history make it a pleasant day or weekend trip.

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Today you will visit Dar Es Salaam. Dar es Salaam is the former capital of Tanzania and an incredibly vibrant city! Besides the city life with the largest market in East Africa, modern shopping malls and delicious local restaurants.

The city also offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches that can be found on the quiet coastline to the north and south of the city!

Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink and the azure blue ocean! So there is something for everyone!

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Mwanza or Rock City is the busiest city in Tanzania after Dar Es Salaam. Since it is located on Lake Victoria, the fishing industry is an important part of the economy. On the lake itself you can see the beautiful rocks in the water; a very impressive scene.

Despite being a busy city, you can also just enjoy it and take a boat trip on the largest lake in Africa. A nice tour before or after your safari.

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your Tanzania safari and visit the tranquil Mufindi Highlands, located near the town of Iringa between the Ruaha and Nyerere National Parks.

This peaceful retreat in the southern highlands offers a much-needed break from the heat and dust of the safari route. The Mufindi Highlands are home to tea plantations, wildflowers and cool mountain air. Take a deep breath and relax in this picturesque and tranquil destination.

In Mufindi you are off the beaten track and that means time to enjoy nature. This area is characterized by volcanic mountains, grassland, some forests, lakes and winding country lanes through the tea plantations. Explore the area during the day and relax in the evening with a cosy open fire.

The Mufindi highlands can be visited all year round. The dry season lasts from May to November, followed by small rain until February and big rain until April. Warm clothing is recommended for the cool mornings and evenings. There are various activities that you can enjoy here.

Horse riding trails offer a great way to explore the area on horseback with an experienced guide. Mountain biking is also a great way to explore the area. Fly fishing is possible, although rainbow trout stocks vary according to the season. Kayaking in the clear lakes is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Visits to tea plantations and a local village are possible, even golf can be played here.

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The Gombe Stream National Park is located in the west of Kigoma and was established in 1968. It is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania with only 35 km2 of protected land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and is primarily intended for those who want to see chimpanzees off the beaten track.

Guided hikes take visitors into the forest to observe chimpanzees in the wild. The terrain is characterized by steep valleys and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to forest and tropical rainforest. The park, which is only accessible by boat, is best known as the place where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research on chimpanzee populations. The Kasekela chimpanzee community, which is presented in several books and documentaries, lives here. Other primates such as anubis baboons, red stumped monkeys, diadems, red tailed and southern green monkeys also live here.

The park is also home to over 200 species of birds and bush pigs. There are also many species of snakes and occasionally hippos and leopards can be seen.

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Today you fly from Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi. Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi. This translates to “cool water”, a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. It also has the nickname Green City in the Sun.

The city was founded in 1899 by the colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway and quickly grew to replace Mombasa as the capital of Kenya.

Nairobi is one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities. It never seems to sleep. The entire town has a boundless energy, and is thriving place where all of human life can be found. It is home to thousands of businesses, international companies and organizations.

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On your way to/from Serengeti National Park, you can visit the 100 meters deep and 50 km wide Olduvai Gorge, a steep ravine sited between the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. This is one of the most famous archaeological locations in East Africa, where remains of the earliest humans were found. The hundreds of fossils (bones) discovered here date back millions of years.

Olduvai Gorge makes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area an important place in the world for the study of human origins and human evolution. You can also visit a small museum at this spot.

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Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Each year Kilimanjaro attracts thousands of climbers and adventurers from all over the world. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is like walking from the tropical to the arctic in just one week. It is a real challenge due to the altitude and the rate of ascent, but also extremely rewarding. There are seven different routes to the summit. They all vary in length, difficulty, scenery, traffic, accommodation and other aspects.

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Today your safari starts. After breakfast you drive with your private guide to Arusha National Park.

Arusha National Park is a small charming park with a rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife. From lakes, waterfalls and swamps to volcanos, mountains and tropical rainforest. The ideal reserve for all kind of animals such as buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and hippos. The swamps, rainforest and lakes attract many beautiful birds including silvery-cheeked hornbill and thousands of pink-hued flamingos. This park is also the only place in northern Tanzania where you can easily spot the black-and-white colobus monkey.

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Today you depart after breakfast to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drives. Since this is one of the lesser known parks in Tanzania, it still has an authentic safari atmosphere. The hilly landscape, with majestic Baobab trees against the blue sky, is breathtaking. Witness the worlds largest concentration of elephants. Sometimes herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen around the Tarangire River, drinking or enjoying a mud bath. Apart from elephants, Tarangire is a paradise for bird lovers. In the area around these swamps you can also see lions, leopards, cheetahs and even tree-climbing pythons.

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Today you can enjoy a game drive in one of the smaller but scenic national parks. You can see elephants and huge troops of baboons in the forest and if you are lucky even tree-climbing lions. Around the huge soda lake a variety of wildlife gathers, like buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and flamingos. You can also enjoy excellent hippo sightings at the shallow hippo pool and spectacular views of the 400 meter high Rift Valley Escarpment.


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Today you continue your safari to Serengeti National park. This is the place were the most impressive nature documentaries were shot. The endless plains and abundance of wildlife are unsurpassed. The annual wildebeest migration of more than a million wildebeest is probably Serengeti’s main draw. It is a true spectacle of nature and impressive to see millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle thunder across the vast plains of the Serengeti. Together with your guide you will be looking for the herds. Apart from the migratory animals you will also get to see lots of other animals. The Serengeti is is home to more than 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 225 cheetahs and 3,500 hyenas, but also rare animals such as the pangolin, rhino and wild dog. Expect to be impressed by the natural beauty of Africa’s most famous park.

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The road leads you today over the Great Rift Valley, through the crater forest, to the striking Ngorongoro Crater. This collapsed volcano creates an unique ecosystem with a wide variety of vegetation. Enjoy the beautiful colours of the landscapes and the wealth of animals. The crater is home to the highest concentration wildlife in Africa and is full of elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos and even the rare black rhino. This is one of the best places to spot all of the Big Five. The views from the rim over the crater floor are incredible. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.


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Mahale Mountains National Park is located in western Tanzania on the shore of Lake Tanganyika south of the city of Kigoma and is named after the Mahale Mountains. It is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in Tanzania. The chimpanzee population in Mahale Mountain National Park is the largest known and the only place where chimpanzees and lions co-exist.

Another unusual feature of the park is that it is one of the few in Africa where you will be walking, as there are no roads within the park boundaries. The only way in and out of the park is by boat across the lake.

Meeting the chimpanzees is a magical experience! Spend an adventurous morning searching for the chimpanzees on the wooded slopes of Mahale National Park. During the hike, which is led by knowledgeable and experienced guides, you will soon meet the resident chimpanzee group and have one hour to observe them before returning to the lodge. As the chimpanzees are susceptible to many human diseases, strict rules apply to the safe conduct of primate safaris in Tanzania.

The best time to visit the park is the dry season from June to October. During this time chimpanzees can be seen in large groups. In addition to chimpanzees, the Mahale mountain range offers an extensive forest fauna and flora, home of the mute monkeys, over 80 species of mammals and many birds.