In the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

In the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

It's important to know that the money you spend while on a trip to Tanzania is genuinely making a difference in the local communities you'll be visiting. A person's or a community's outlook on life will be improved as a result of your presence. You're not even required to be present. Responsible travel is having a positive impact on people's lives all across the world. However, if you pick your operator with care and a little attention, you may avoid this problem.

It's also a good idea to visit Tanzania's less-known regions to round out your safari experience. A trip to the Usambara Mountains is a worthwhile investment of time and money.

After leaving Arusha and driving across the apparently endless parched countryside, you reach Mombo after crossing the majestic Kilimanjaro. In a moment, the Usamabara Mountains may be seen if you turn left here.

To get the most out of your trip, make the most of your time in the mountains. At the summit of these mountains, you'll find the magic. It's necessary to take a break and appreciate the scenery on foot. When it comes to wildlife, this is a great place to get started if you're not already interested in birds.


For a small fee, you may hire an eager young Tanzanian guide to show you around the Usambara Mountains; they'll be happy to share their culture, history, and time with you. If you want to experience the true essence of Africa, you need to take your time and enjoy every moment.

Many deadly fights between the Maasia and the Shambaa tribes were fought here in pre-colonial times. The Maasia never succeeded in overpowering the Shambaa people, who remained in control of their cherished green land.

Located on the westernmost extremity of the Usambara Mountains, Mtae is a quaint town. At this point, you can see the savannah below with a 1000-meter plunge. On a clear day, Mt. Kilimanjaro may be seen sitting on the Tanzanian-Kenyan border 240 kilometers away, although it isn't always feasible.

It was considered that the newly arrived missionaries would surely perish in this haunted location when they arrived in Mtae at the end of the 19th century. Therefore, the Shambaa leaders decided to place them in an area known as the "home of spirits of the dead." They didn't, and the local elders were so surprised that the missionaries were granted land to erect a church. This church is still open to the public today.

High in the highlands, Mvueni Falls may be found. This place is deafeningly silent; to really appreciate it, one must hear it for themselves. Although the water is quite chilly, swimming is permitted here. Mvueni Falls, which is 2,300 meters above sea level, is fed by the Mkuzi River. The Soni Falls are a spectacular sight as the river descends from the mountains and plunges more than 800 meters in a few kilometers to the Pangani River.

The Usambara Mountains' capital, Lushoto, is well worth a visit. There is a cultural tourist office on the main road where you may obtain a guide for your trip. If it's market day, spend some time strolling around the market and getting to know the locals, who are kind and welcoming.

If you're traveling from Arusha to the Usambara Mountains, take a day off and hike the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro instead. In the midst of the numerous banana and coffee trees, Marangu village is the perfect spot to spend the night.

When your stay in the Usambara Mountains is complete, you will be able to see the tropical Pangani Bay only a few hours down the road. Finishing your Tanzanian safari with this will be a wonderful experience. It's a little-known gem that sits on uninhabited beaches and boasts the Indian Ocean's warm waters for diving and snorkeling.

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