NCA 29 – Usambara Mountain Adventures

Northern Circuit Adventure TanzaniaAn Important Note About These Itineraries:
Usambara hiking is dedicated to creating the vacation that you want. We won’t try to push you toward cookie-cutter programs as the larger companies do. Said will listen to your desires, offer suggestions .and then help you to develop the perfect Tanzanian vacation. The Itineraries on this page are examples of trips that are available but they are just the beginning. You can mix .and match these ideas or combine them with other plans in any way that you choose. 

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Usambara Hiking Trips

Option 1: (3 days)
Day 1:
The tour begins in Lushoto with an uphill walk to Kwembago the ancient village of the Data family. A subclan of the royal kind line ages typical of most Shambala villages. Kwembago is situated along mountain range with panoramic views over Lushoto valley, The Maasai steppe .and the surrounding mountain of western Usambara Mountain. From Kwembago the working tour continues through the Magamba rain forest where rare plants .and animal life can be seen after two hours of working through the rainforest you drive to Mtae. Driving in time to view the multi – colored until over the plain and distant pare Mountains. You stay a night at Mtae Hostel. (4 hours on foot 2 hours on the drive).

Day 2:
The day begins around 7:30 am with a stroll through the village of Mtae to a viewpoint from which you can see Kilimanjaro on clear days. After which you begin to Climb the Shaghayu Peak 2220m which has spectacular views of the Pare Mountains across the borders with Kenya. On your way, you pass Mpanga, a village whose name (cave) drives. From its grotto–like entrance traditional religious sites are viewed by local people as a mode of sprints .and Shangayu rain forest, where to viewed trees serve as playground for various monkey species. (5-6 hours walk)

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Day 3:
This last day’s of work takes you either to Mamboleo or Tema. These villages are noted for their soil conservation .and traditional irrigation projects which concentrate on the development of stone or bench terraces to improve farming. Your guide will give you a full explanation of traditional Shamba farming methods .and how they fit their local environmental conditions. Mamboleo .and Tema present a picturesque examples of how the Shamba have combined their traditional architecture – conical, thatched earthen houses – with introduced architectural styles such as the rectangular “Swahili” house. The following morning you leave for Lushoto by driving. (6-7 hours walk)

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Option 2 (4 days)
​Day 1:
In the Magamba rain forest, you visit an old trench dug by the Germans during world war here your guide will provide an explanation of local German .and British colonial history, waving in .and out of the magnificent trees, along a Lush pathway, .and dirt taking you to the village of Lukozi where you spend the night at the hostel or at the Lodge. (6-7 Hours walk)

Day 2:
From Lukozi you walk along the valleys .and sloping hills sides of the inner Usambara mountains, Passing by a vegetable farm line with eucalyptus .and Banana trees you pass through the village of Kilindi, Mkose .and Kagulio until you reach Rangwi where you spend a night at Rangwi Mission Catholic or at guest house. (5-6 hours walk)

Day 3:
The tour continues uphill via either Tema or Mamboleo (see option 1, day 3 above 5- 6 hour walk)

Day 4:
Wake up at 6:30 am to view Kilimanjaro summit 250 over the plain .and distant pare mountains. Then walk back for breakfast at the hostel .and at 9:30 walk to Mtae main viewpoint. The village lies on the top of the hill in a triangle shape then walk back to Mtae to spend the night then the next day drive back to Lushoto. (3-4 hours walking)

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Option 3 (6 days)
​Days 1-4 are as with option 2 above followed by:

Day 5:
Start the walk at 7:30 a from Mtae passing through the tropical Shangayu rainforest where you learn the traditional medicine from plants .and the walk is cool .and quire in the forest where you may see back .and white colobus monkeys .and butterflies .and chameleons the walk through the village where you learn .and see the tradition activities performed by Shamba tribe which locals shires ideas .and see their general life then stay in Mlalo village at the Hostel. (6–7 hours walk)

Day 6:
Mlalo has an alluring famous old German Church .and missionary station. Then walk to the highest Usambara mountains called Mtumbi .and then visit several markets .and the village of the pottery woman project then drive back to Lushoto to finish the trip or a night there and the next day drive to Lushoto to end the adventure trekking. (5-6 hours walk)

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Option 4 (6 days )

Day 1-5 is as with options 2 and 3 above followed by:
Day 6:
From Mlalo drove to Magamba village then walk to Mkuzi waterfall situated in the forest to relax your muscles in a cool pool at the foot of the falls then lay on rocks while your guide prepares lunch then either walk back or drive to Lushoto to end the adventure. (7 hours walk 1-hour drive )

Option 5 (4 Days)
Day 1: (5-6hours)
After breakfast walk through small village with nice view over Lushoto and the Maasai steppe while visiting local irrigation farming and different land escapement until you catch son village then walk to son waterfall and spend a night at the lodge

Day 2: (6-7 hours)
Walk through Kwamongo and magila. The walk continues to the Bumbuli Mission Hospital a German settlement. Where you spend a night at Bumbuli.

Day 4: (4- 5 hours)
Then walk to the Mazumbai rain forest resave a bird watchers paradise see amazing big frees and learn their uses as local medicine and a lot of flora and fauna then slay there or drive back to Lushoto to end indenture hiking.

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Option 6 (6 days )
Day 1:
Combine tour (Magamba Rain Forest and Irentre Viewpoint) the walk-in Lushoto walking uphill through Kwembago up to the German Treach dug enjoy the view over Lushoto and Kagulu, hakwewa peak 1750m a.s.l forest and then to Irente farm trough village have lunch at Irente view point from there enjoy the Masaai steppe and Mazinde village over 1000m bellow the walk back to Lushoto for overnight. (8 hours walking)

Day 2:
Walk from Lushoto to Soni waterfall through village lake, Gare, Kwemashai where you have an incredible view over Lushoto and Mombo at the highway passing through irrigation farming and learning more about traditional activities the walk sometimes accompanied by kids singing and shouting Mzungu (Wanderer) until you reach Soni the drive to Amani National park reserve for dinner and overnight.

Day 3:
Walking through the natural forest and visiting butterfly farming, tea, and spice plantation and the scenery is also amazing stay, therefore, the third night.

Day 4: (Saadan game viewing)
Game drive a surprisingly wide range of grazers and primates are seen on game drives among them are giraffes, Buffalo, Hartebeests, Wildebeest, Red duckers, Greater kudus, Elands, Sable antelope, Yellow baboons, and velvet monkeys, and several lions feelings of pride are resident together with leopard spotted hyena and black facked jackals then stay night their camping or lodging.

Day 5: (history walking)
Explore the old Pangan town in 1888 Pangan was the center of an armed movement to resist German colonial conquest of the enter mainland. The local leader of the resistance was Abushiri Ibin Salimu Harith after he was defeated he was hanged by a German in Pangani in December 1889.

Day 6: (To Pemba)
Then we organize the boat to Pemba for you.


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