Usambara Mountains is an excellent place to visit for a few relaxing days if you are travelling overland between the coast and Kilimanjaro and the northern gameparks. Lushoto, at the heart of the Usambara, can be reached in a 5 hour drive from Moshi. It is a further 4 hours drive to Tanga from where there are daily flights to Zanzibar, or 5-6 hours drive to Pangani or Saadani. Although a variety of accommodation is available in the area we recommend two places in particular:
Muller's Lodge a beautifully built old farm house with a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere taking you back 50 years in time.
St. Eugene's Hostel, a modern and very well presented guesthouse adjoining a Montessori Training College set in spacious gardens.
Both offer guiding services for walkers. Available walks include:
A bird walk
Wildlife to be seen includes the elegant Colobus monkey, blue monkeys and a wide variety of birds. In the rain forest euphoria's, acacias, giant ferns, palms, lobelias, camphors (Japanese and Usumbaru) eucalyptus and fig trees are all to be found.
Lengths of walks can be varied from just an hour or so to all day long taking a packed lunch with you. To be able to see something of the region it is best to spend at least two nights in the area.
6 DAYS - LUSHOTO AND USAMBARA MOUNTAINS TOUR ITINERARY - Walking
The tour takes you to explore the Usambara Mountains on the northeastern of Tanzania. Landscape, tropical forests and numerous spectacular viewpoints, historical sites and the opportunity to visit local communities development projects, thorough explanation of the history and life of the local farmers provide a memorable experience. This area of west Usambara in nick named Switzerland of Africa because of the mountain range. You will enjoy your tour.
DAY 1: ARUSHA - LUSHOTO
In the morning at 0730hrs depart from Arusha Moshi or Dar to Lushoto West Usambara where you will arrive in the early afternoon for lunch. Afternoon walk or drive to Irente viewpoint and Irente Farm. The farmers produce many types of fruits, which are sold in Arusha, Dar, Moshi and Morogoro. Meals and overnight in Lawns hotel, White house hotel, Grant hotel or Campsite.
DAY 2: LUSHOTO - MAGAMBA FOREST (6-7hrs)
Breakfast followed by walking to the Magamba rainforest, visit an old stranch dug by the German during World War 1, the guide will provide an explanation of German and British Colonial history. Proceed on walking thru the rainforest of Magamba to the village of Lukozi for dinner and overnight in guesthouse or camping.
DAY 3: MAGAMBA FOREST - USAMBARA VILLAGES (5- 6hrs)
Breakfast, then walk along valleys and sloping hillsides of the inner Usambara Mountain passing by the vegetable farms lined with eucalyptus and banana trees. You will pass thru the villages of Malindi, Makose and Kagulio, proceed to Rangwi Catholic mission for dinner and overnight, in Rest house or Camping.
DAY 4: USAMBARA VILLAGES
After breakfast walk to Mamboleo or Tema villages, these villages are well known for their soil conservation and traditional irrigation project which concentrate on the development of stone and bench terraces to improve farming, thorough explanation by your guide on how the people of Shambaa tribe living in the area do keep their surrounding environment. Dinner and overnight at Mamboleo village camping.
DAY 5: USAMBARA VILLAGES - MTAE
After breakfast, proceed on walking to Mtae and there after you will climb Shegayu peak 2,220 m, where on clear days you will be able to see Mt. Kilimanjaro and Taita hills across the border to Kenya. You will have lunch enroute, dinner and overnight at Mtae.
DAY 6: MTAE VILLAGE – LUSHOTO
Wake up at 0600hrs for early morning breakfast, after breakfast check out from Mtae and yet in the private vehicles for Lushoto where you will arrive in time for lunch. After lunch the driver with take you back to Arusha or proceed with your next travel.