NGO TanzMont

Help us plant trees and to protect indigenous forests of Tanzania!

The NGO TanzMont was founded 2015 - together with the Lutheran Church of the Parish Kidia - with the aim to raise

environmental conscience of the local people. Africa, including Tanzania, suffers from a enormous loss of forests.

Our aim is to help people raise and re-plant indigenous trees.

Who we are

We are a group of Tanzanians and Germans located in the area of Old Moshi, Kidia of Kilimanjaro.  Chairman of the NGO is Reverent Sayuni Shao.

Join us!

Our NGO is open for members interested in nature conservation and science. Join us!


Visit the TanzMont caffee in Old Moshi, Kidia! We offer coffee, tea and typical Chagga dishes!

New Kilimanjaro map sold here as well!


  • Help us to pay watchmen to prevent that the tallest trees of Africa are cut down and the last pieces of submontane forest on Kilimanjaro are lost.
  • Help us to pay local people to collect seeds of indigenous trees, raise them and re-plant deforested areas.
  • Help us to raise saplings of rare tree species Oxystigma msoo and other endangered tree species.
  • Buy the latest topographical map of Kilimanjaro. The money will be used to maintain our tree nurseries.


In this booklet 55 medicinal and one cultural important plant species are reviewed. Information is based on own field work and complemented with reviews of the already known properties of these plants. The treated plants are: Acmella caulirhiza, Adansonia digitata (Baobab), Adenia gummifera, Aframomum angustifolium, Alangium chinense (Chinese Alangium), Albizia petersiana (Peter´s Silk Tree), Alchemilla volkensii (Volken´s Lady´s Mantle), Aloe volkensii (Volken´s Aloe), Barleria micrantha, Basella alba (Indian Spinach), Bidens pilosa (Beggar´s Ticks), Bryophyllum pinnatum (Mother of Millions), Conyza floribunda (Horseweed), Cycnium volkensii, Dracaena fragrans (Fragrant Dracaena), Ehretia cymosa, Justicia (= Adhatoda) engleriana, Galinsoga parviflora (Gallant Soldier), Kalanchoe crenata (Nerverdie), Launaea cornuta (Bitter Lettuce), Momordica foetida, Myrsine melanophloeos, Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru), Oxalis corniculata (Creeping Wood Sorrel), Oxystigma msoo, Pilea rivularis, Psiadia punctulata, Psidium guayava (Guava Tree), Pterolobium stellatum (Redwing Bush), Phyllanthus suffrutescens, Raphanus sativus (Radish), Rhipsalis baccifera (Mistletoe Cactus), Rhoicissus tridentata (Bushman´s Grape), Rytigynia schumannii (Pendent-fruit coffee-medlar), Ricinus communis (Castor-oil Plant), Rumex steudelii (Steudels Sorrel), Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage), Satureja abyssinica, Senecio discifolius, Solanecio angulatus, Solanum incanum (Bitter Apple), Solanum nigrum (Black Nightshade), Sphaeranthus bullatus, Tagetes minuta (Muster-John-Henry), Tamarindus indica (Tamarind Tree), Tephrosia vogelii (Fish Poison Bush), Terminalia brownii, Tetradenia riparia (Ginger Bush), Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan), Tithonia diversifolia (Tree Marigold), Toddalia asiatica (Orange Climber), Tridax procumbens (Tridax Daisy), Triumfetta flavescens, Viola abyssinica (Abyssinian Violet), Wahlenbergia abyssinica, and Zehneria scabra.

New topographical map of Kilimanjaro

Over 1600 vegetation plots were used with intensive land surveys to prepare a first detailed vegetation map of Mt Kilimanjaro.
This map was taken to develop a high-quality physiographic map as a base for ecotourism, nature conservation and land planning at a scale 1:100.000 for the entire Kilimanjaro massif. Besides a highly accurate relief representation (with elevation contours, spot-heights, hill-shading and rock-drawing) the map shows the complete infrastructure of the National Park (incl. climbing routes, drink-water holes, camp-sites) as well as the current vegetation distribution and land-use. With this the map represents an important tool for land and nature management and planning, e.g. for the National Park authorities, the rural land planning division and environmental NGOs as well as an important scientific and logistic
base for researchers. Tourists and tourist guides will find it useful to get information of the environment along the climbing routes
and will get attracted to other destinations outside the national park with this enhancing touristic activities beside the normal climbing tourism. This might help to increase eco- and cultural tourism inside
the villages.
The map is in English and German.

Maps can be ordered at:

For Africa:

mmarybeatrice@gmailcom for a price of 15 US Dollars or 40.000 TSH.

For Europe:

Consortium for Comparative High-Mountain Research (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für vergleichende Hochgebirgsforschung, ARGE). Price: 16,80 €

Video clips & documentations

Watch video clips online! The tallest trees of Africa and the KiLi Project (English)

Deutsche Welle:

AZAM News (Swahili):

The discovery of a large Balloon Bushcricket in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania (English):


Tree Planting Kahe area Kilimanjaro with Bishop Dr Frederick Shoo











Our Goals

Protecting the tallest trees of Africa

The tallest trees of Africa were found in a submontane valley on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. This valley is a small remain of the once large forest belt now heavily impacted by logging and grazing of lifestock. In the frame of the KiLi Project, finanzed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), a watchman is paid to report on illegal activities. Since 2010 further logging could thus be prevented.

Link to original publication:

Africa’s highest mountain harbours Africa’s tallest trees

Planting indigenous trees

We collect seeds of indigenous trees, raise them in our tree nurseries and plant them in deforested areas around Kilimanjaro.

We especially focus on endangered tree species, e.g. the critically endangered Garcinia tanzaniensis growing the same river gorge as Africa´s tallest trees, Entandophragma excelsum.

Raising awareness

We explain to politicians, church leaders and Tanzanian authorities how important it is to protect Tanzanian forests as unique hotspots of biodiversity and endemism. We point out that planting indigenous trees provides not only very valuable timber but is also good for the environment in difference to introduced species that have a higher water demand, are more sensible to diseases and do not support indigenous wildlife.

Supporting science

We offer logistical support for Tanzanian and foreign scientists coming to perform research in Tanzania. We have two scientific stations that can accomodate more than 20 researchers. We can help with obtaining necessary research permits.

We logistically support the KiLi Project (see

Conserving endangered tree species

The  tree species Oxystigma msoo  occurs in Tanzania only in two forest remains on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. All in all only about 60 specimens still exist, 4 adult trees in Kahe forest - a forest reserve almost gone now - and the remaining specimens in the Rau Forest Reserve near Moshi. Since Oxystigma msoo, a tall tree of over 50 m when fully grown, has valuable timber it is almost extinct now. We collected seeds in 2016 and were able to raise about 100 young trees, These were planted in riverine forest of the TPC sugar plantation Moshi and some other places in suitable habitat.