The South Pare Mountains are about 100 km (62 miles) south of Moshi. Rising from the surrounding plains, the winding roads take visitors high into the mountains where they can experience some of Tanzania’s most stunning scenery along with a 2,000-year-old place of worship where people have prayed since the beginning of the Common Era.
The Pare Mountains are split into two ranges, the North and the South Pares. They form part of the Eastern Arc mountain range and are inhabited by the Pare people (pronounced Pah-ray). The highest point is Shengena Peak located in the South Pares, which rises to 2,463 m (8,081 ft). The North Pares are drier and appear to be biologically less diverse than the South Pares, although, this may be due to the fact that they have not been surveyed as extensively.