February 18, 2016
MOUNT USAMBARA TREKKING WITH ENOSA EXPEDITIONS
Written By Noel Kimambo
Usambara Mountains are a mountain range in North-East Tanzania, approximately 70 miles (110 km) long and ranging from 20 to 40 miles (64 km) in width. Mountains in the range rise as high as 8,000 ft (2,440 m). They are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, which stretch from Kenya through Tanzania, and are one of the world’s Biodiversity hotspots. The range is accessible from the towns of Lushoto in the West, and Amani in the East. The Usambaras are commonly split into two sub-ranges, the West Usambara and the East Usambara. The East Usambara is closer to the coast, receives more rainfall, and is significantly smaller than the West Usambara.
The Usambaras are fairly unique in that, being in East Africa, their unspoiled regions are covered in the tropical forest, which today remains mainly in the West of the continent. The mountain range was formed nearly two billion years ago.
ITINERARY ( 5 Days Trek Itinerary).
Day 1: Airport to Lushoto (4hrs drive)
Depart from Airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar es salaam International Airport) to Lushoto West Usambara.
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 provide an explanation of German and British Colonial history. Proceed on walking through the rainforest of Magamba via Lukozi village to Malindi village for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
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 thru the villages of Makose and Kagulio, proceed to Rangwi for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: Rangwi-Mtae village (4-5hrs walking)
After breakfast walk to Mtae via Sunga village and thru Shengayu forest, on the way you will see Mamboleo village, these villages are well known for their soil conservation and traditional irrigation project which concentrate on the development of stone and bench terraces to improve farming, thorough explanation by your guide on how the people of Shambaa tribe living in the area do keep their surrounding environment. Dinner and overnight will be spent here.
Day 5: Mtae-Lushoto to hotel
Wake up at 0600hrs for early morning breakfast, after breakfast check out from Mtae and transfer by Private vehicle to a reserved hotel or you can extend your itinerary.
Included on itinerary:
-English speaking guide,
-Meals and lodge accommodations
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