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Usambara Mountains

Description

About Usambara Moutains Usambara Mountains are situated in the North Eastern part of Tanzania between Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean. The mountains rise up steeply from the surrounding plains and can only be entered via a few roads. The only tortuous tarmac road in the area winds along a small river to Soni and Lushoto the largest towns in the area. Because of its pleasant climate the mountains were favored by the Germans and the English during colonial times as this is evidenced by the numerous historic buildings from the past. From a distance the mountains are a colorful mosaic. On the fertile slopes around Soni and Lushoto, farmers cultivate small plots but further away from the large town. Areas are still covered by the dense tropical forests.

The viewpoints on the Southern and Western side of the Usambara Mountains are well known for the spectacular views of the Mkomazi and Handeni plains, Kilimanjaro can be seen on the horizon, and at the end of the day the sunset turns the area into tremendous palled of unforgettable colours. . .

Climbing duration: 6 Days 5Nights

Arrival Day Arrive at Dar es Salaam Airport (Tanzania) and spend the night at a hotel in Dar es Salaam and transfer to Lushoto on the following day. If you will arrive early you can be transferred on the same day to Lushoto area for overnight at Kakakuona Hostel. Lushoto is the starting point for this tour.

 

Day 1: The tour starts by driving from Lushoto to Magamba village where you start walking through Magamba rain forest the home of black and white colubus monkeys, flowers, and birds. Continue with more up and down hill walk to the village of Lukozi for Overnight. Picnic lunch will be served along the way.

Dinner: At Watoto wa Nyumbani guest House /Camping

Lodging: Watoto Wanyumbani /Camping

 

Day 2: Walk from Lukozi through traditional villages, good, views, farming area to Rangwi Convent.

Breakfast: At watoto wa nyumbani /campsite

Lunch: Lunch box Dinner:

At the Convent provides by the Nancy Lodging: At the Convent

 

Day 3: Just after breakfast which will be provided by the Nancy you walk from Rangwi through beautiful villages where you will learn about the traditional life especially Shambaa life, forest to Mtae a World View Point with spectacular views overlooking Maasai plain, Tsavo National Park in Kenya, Mkomazi Game reserve and on clear day you can see Kilimanjaro on the horizon, also the same day you can see amazing sunset and overnight.

Lunch: Lunch box

Dinner: At Mtae

Lodging: At Mtae

 

Day 4: A longest day on this trip, right after breakfast drive from Mtae to the Village of Goka for at least half an hour to get to the point where you start walking through the forest, traditional villages where you get chance of visiting pottery women Kibomboi village and learn how to make ports with free hands in a few minutes, then continue to Mlalo for overnight

Breakfast: At Mwivano restaurant

Lunch: Lunch box organized by the guide

Dinner: At Mlalo

Lodging: At Mlalo

 

Day 5: After breakfast drive to Mkuzu village about two hours, then walk to Mkuzu waterfall which found inside the forest, after enjoying the waterfall drive to Mullers Lodge for lunch, then drive back to Lushoto for overnight.

Breakfast: At Sambamba reataurant /campsite

Lunch: At Mullers Lodge

Dinner: At Mullers Lodge

Lodging: Mullers Lodge

 

Day 6: Walk to Irente view Point, a famous view in Usambara with amazing view overlooking Mazinde village almost 1,000 metres below the vast Maasai plains beyond. On the way back visit Irente Farm where you sit for lunch which includes home made cheese, jam, juice, butter, brown bread, and seasonal fruits, then walk back to Lushoto for overnight

Breakfast: At Tumaini restaurant

Lunch: At Irente Farm

Dinner: At Montessori - ST.EUGEN

Lodging: At Montessori - ST.EUGEN

 

Day 7: Leave Lushoto to wherever, Arusha, Tanga or Dar es Salaam. This tour can be extended to wildlife visit in the famous parks of Tanzania like the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park. Or you can continue with Kilimanjaro Climb or you may continue to Zanzibar Island for relaxation in the lodges situated on the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

* Discounts available for groups of four and above

Price Includes - Accommodation based on three meals a day - Service of English speaking driver guide - Conservation fees and village fees - Transport and transfers from Dar es Salaam to Lushoto and return - All accommodations in Lushoto - Activities as per itinerary above

Price Excludes: - International flights to/from Dar es Salaam Tanzania - Accommodation in Dar es Salaam if you arrive in the late evening (we can arrange on request) - Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks - All items of personal nature/use - And all not mentioned in the tour itinerary above

 

Note: If your time is limited and you can not spend all these seven days on safari and at the same time you are interested to hike Usambara Mountains, just feel free to let us know so that we can arrange an itinerary which fits your time limit. End of Service