The Usambara mountains in the Lushoto district are inviting you for a stunning 4 day hike or half or whole day walks, The West Usambaras are separated from the East by a valley and are approached via the district centre of Lushoto. The Usambaras are part of the Eastern Arc, among the world top-tenbiodiversity hotspots. This exceptional diversity attracts naturalists from all over the world who come to watch birds, study trees and flowers or butterflies. Besides the two nature reserves of the East Usambaras, there are in the Western Usambaras the Magamba Nature Reserve , the Mazumbai reserve, Shagayu, Mkuzu and Ndelemai.
The smaller East Usambaras lie closer to the coast, are less populated and the primary attractions are the two nature reserves, Amani and Nilo.
What to do:
More day hike, which are among the biodiversity hotspots in the world, are best visited with a guide from a number of guide organizations in Lushoto, Mtae and Mambo or guides working for h
Mountain Biking through the Usambaras for one or more days
Cultural Walks – These can visit villages, farms, markets and food processors. The mountains are rich in fruits and vegetables. Visit tree and fruit tree nurseries and the Tanzania forest research institute in Jaegertal, Lushoto.
Tea Factories – Visit a tea factory and learn where your daily cup of tea comes from.
Viewpoints – The mountains overlook vast plains and on a clear day you can almost see forever (Irente view point, Nyumba ya Mungu, Mambo view point, Mtae views) From the last two you can even see Kilimanjaro!)
Climb Mtumbi peak (2270m) or Kideghe peak (2215m) the highest peaks in the Usambaras
Waterfalls – Visit a waterfall after a trek through forest and farmland (Soni waterfalls, Mkuzu waterfalls, and Kideghe falls).
Historical Places – Old buildings from the German colonial time on Boma road in Lushoto; from the police station, up the road to the district office, passing the post office building (built 1913). The State house situated on the road up to Magamba was built for the German Kaiser and it today used by the government. Also near Mambo some old German farms are found.