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Pare Mountains

Overview

Pare Mountains are a mountain range in northeastern Tanzania, northwest of the Usambara Mountains. There are two mountain ranges which form part of the Eastern Arc range of mountains: the north Pare and southern Pare ranges which rise to 2463m at Shengena peak.
Pareland is also known as Vuasu (Asu the root word and Chasu or Athu, the language). The location lies on one of the northern routes for historic east-African long-distance trade, connecting the hinterland with the coast of the Indian Ocean. The residents of northern Pare recognise two sub-areas based on ethnolinguistic differences: Gweno-speaking Ugweno to the north and Chasu-speaking Usangi to the south.


Makande is the typical traditional food for the Pare tribe who live in the Pare mountain, and it is also popular throughout Tanzania. The dish is a kind of stew of maize, red beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and chicken stock, and it’s normally prepared on Friday and lasts through Sunday evening, which gives people more time to socialize during the weekend without worrying about cooking. The food is kept in a big clay pot on the damp ground so it stays cool. Kishumba is another traditional food and made from a type of bananas cooked together with red beans and being crushed to make something like hard porridge. Vughai is another traditional food and is a kind of hard porridge being prepared by either banana, cassava or maize flour, or a mixture of both. It is served with either vegetable, beans, or meat/fish/chicken stew or both if available. When served with meat/chicken it is considered as a welcoming dish for guests.


The species in the Pare mountain include the endemic South Pare white-eye, mountain buzzard, olive woodpecker, moustached tinkerbird, and the African hill gabbier.
Get a trip to the Hilltop Ranzi Dam and Tona grounds to see glimpses of German history and unique flora and fauna.

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