Tucked away in northeastern Tanzania, the Usambaras are among the most biodiverse regions in the world. Covered by a thick canopy of tropical forest, the mountains offer terrain and wildlife uncommon throughout Africa. Using public transport or your own feet, this adventure will take you deep into the hills to isolated villages to meet the people who make this unique land their home, lodging in basic guesthouses along the route. Like vigorous exercise, impossibly fresh air, personal contact, and jaw-dropping scenery? Prepare to fall in love.
Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Lushoto (5hrs drive).
At 7:30 am, depart from Dar es Salaam to Lushoto West Usambara, where you will arrive in the early afternoon for lunch. Afternoon walks or drives to Irente viewpoint and Irente Farm. The farmers produce many types of fruits and vegetables.
Dinner and overnight at Lushoto Executive Lodge: Full board.
Day 2: Lushoto-Magamba forest Malindi village (4-6hrs walking).
Breakfast followed by walking to the Magamba rainforest, visit an old stanch dug by the German during World War 1; the guide will explain German and British Colonial history. Proceed on walking through the rainforest of Magamba via Lukozi village to Malindi village. Dinner and overnight at Lushoto Executive Lodge: Full board.
Day 3: Malindi village-Rangwi village ( 4-6 hrs walking).
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 through the villages of Makose and Kagulio, proceed to Rangwi. Dinner and overnight at Mombo View Eco Lodge: Full board.
Day 4: Rangwi-Mtae village (4-5hrs walking).
After breakfast, walk to Mtae via Sunga village and thru the Shengayu forest.
On the way, you will see Mamboleo village.
These villages are well known for their soil conservation and traditional irrigation project, concentrating on developing stone and bench terraces. To improve farming, thorough explanation by your guide on how the Shambaa tribe living in the area keeps their surrounding environment. Dinner and overnight at Mombo View Eco Lodge: Full board.