Mangrove forests shelter the young of many marine species and allow them to grow to maturity in a protected environment. The number of species found within a set area of mangrove is comparable to that found within a rainforest.
The mangrove poles have been harvested for centuries as they provide straight, insect proof poles suitable for all kinds of construction and some species are farmed within the district.
We offer guided walks nearby these forests, however due to the high bacteria content of the soil we don’t recommend walking among the mangroves. It is possible to go on a small boat to see the mangroves and this also gives the opportunity to admire the amazing bird life of the area.
?No research has been undertaken on the bird life in Kilwa District and it is this along with mangrove protection that we are trying to encourage with our partners at the KIYODEA research centre.
Trips to the mangroves can also be combined with trips to see hippos within the river estuaries.
- See amazing birdlife.
- Walk within a unique and important ecosystem.
- View hippos and crocodiles in the estuarine river channels.
- Help with current scientific research & discovery.