Pande Game Reserve and Dondwe Coastal Forests

Country/territory: Tanzania

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 1,600 ha

Nature Tanzania
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
The site comprises two small, forested areas on the outskirts of the city of Dar es Salaam: Pande Game Reserve (1,226 ha) to the north-west of the city and Dondwe forest (area unknown) to the south. Pande covers a low sandstone ridge 16 km from the Indian Ocean and 6 km from the Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo road. Four distinct tree-species assemblages have been described. The remaining forest is surrounded by fire-maintained grassland and secondary scrub. Dondwe forest is rather ill-defined and is not mapped. The forested area so far identified is centred on an open prison and a private farm. Parts of Dondwe flood seasonally.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Circaetus fasciolatus is a low-density resident in both forests. There are several recent records of Anthus sokokensis from Dondwe whilst Zoothera guttata is a regular passage migrant and Sheppardia gunningi a low-density resident. Forest species at Pande include Apaloderma narina, Smithornis capensis, Dicrurus ludwigii, Phyllastrephus flavostriatus, Neocossyphus rufus and Erythrocercus holochlorus. The avifauna of Dondwe forests is similar to that of the nearby Pugu Hills forests (TZ047) and includes the usual species found north of the Rufiji Delta including the locally endemic Trichastoma rufipennis puguensis.

Non-bird biodiversity: Three endemic plants and two near-endemics are known from Pande.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pande Game Reserve and Dondwe Coastal Forests. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.