Visit the Usambara Mountains with the best tour operator in Tansania! Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers various options for hiking – ranging from day hikes up to 6 days at this beautiful and still mostly undiscovered paradise.
The Usambara Mountains are a combination of 2000m tall ridges and forests located in the north east of Tanzania about 6 hours from Daressalaam on the way to Kilimanjaro. The area is divided in two main parts: The Usambara Mountains and East-Usambara. Both areas are shaped very differently. While the Usambara Mountains mostly consist of hills and steep ridges, East-Usambara offers lakes, lots of waterfalls and tropical rainforests. The area is a true paradise for hikers who want to enjoy the serene surroundings and the tranquil hiking paths away from the crowds that visit Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Usambara Mountains are part of the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania. It is also right next to Mkomazi National Park which makes it an ideal area for a combination of hiking, leisure and safari.
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Tanzania Horizon Safaris – You can visit the Usambara Mountains for hiking as a daytrip, 2 days hiking, 3 days hiking, 4 days hiking or 6 days hiking. After your hike, you can go on safari at the nearby Mkomazi National Park.
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In the 19th century, German settlers brought crops such as coffee and tea and built many churches in the area. They brought the concept of separating the forest and villages which was assimilated by the locals. The landscape varies from tropical rain forest in the valley to fertile grounds that are used for irrigation and farming. The biggest settlement within this area is Lushoto town. It is a busy trading center and offers many street markets where locals are trading their products.
Lushoto is also the starting point for hikes to the mountains. Our experienced guides will show the most beautiful parts of the Usambara Mountains so that you will discover the best kept secrets and hike along the most scenic trails.
There are several viewpoints along the ridges that can be reached by hiking along many small trails that lead through farms, tea and coffee plantations, forests and hills. A famous viewpoint is the Irente Viewpoint in the west of Lushoto. Irente Viewpoint can be reached as a dayhike at Usambara Mountains from Lushoto. It is a great place to see the sunset. Other viewpoints on the mountain ridge are Mtae Viewpoint and Mambo Viewpoint, named after the nearby village. There are several starting points from where to start hiking to Mambo Viewpoint, depending on your schedule and preferred hiking times. It is possible to go hiking at the Usambara Mountains as a daytrip, but also 2 days hiking at Usambara and up to 6 days is recommended. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of the valley beneath and hike along the steep ridge. The highest peak is Chambolo Peak with an altitude of 2 289m (7 510ft a.s.l.) On a clear day Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen at a distance. There are a couple of nice lodges and accommodations such as Mullers Mountain Lodge, Swiss Farm Cottages, Bushbaby Homestay, Mambo Viewpoint Lodge and even a convent by Rangwi Sisters Convent. You will enjoy the smell of fresh roasted coffee along the many coffee farms and small villages with its very friendly inhabitants. The most famous creatures are the Usambara chameleons that can be found in the many dense forests of the Usambara Mountains. Additionally, there are plenty of bird species, monkeys and butterflies. In the south of Lushoto you can visit the beautiful Kisasa waterfalls. In the center of the Usambara mountains you can also visit the Mkuzi waterfalls. All this combined makes it a very beautiful, versatile and tranquil hiking area worth a visit. If you have some additional time, the East Usambara Mountains are worth a visit with the tropical Magoroto Lake to relax after your hike where you can enjoy swimming and easier hikes through the tropical rainforests. One of the best options for some additional overnights are Magoroto Estate and Amani Forest Camp.
Tanzania Horizon Safaris offers Usambara Mountains hiking ranging from a daytrip from Lushoto to several days hikes.
Please contact us for further information. According to your schedule we will create a beautiful itinerary for you.