5 Days Usambara mountain trekking
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USAMBARA MOUNTAIN TREKKING & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
The Usambara Mountains are situated in the North Eastern of Tanzania bordering Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Mountain rises up steeply from the surrounding plains and can be reached to the top via few roads. The only tarmac road which winds up the arch to the platform following along a small river to Soni and Lushoto, the largest towns in the area. Because of its pleasant climate this area was favoured by the Germans and English colonialists, hence there are many historical buildings in the area that will be part the interest to you. This area offers some amazing viewpoints that you see as far Mkomazi, Handeni and to catch the spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro on the horizon.
USAMBARA CULTURAL ACTIVITIES PACKAGE
The cultural tourism program gives you a unique insight view on the daily life in a small Usambara agricultural village. You can experience the daily problems and challenges that the local community has to cope with. Talk, work and “live” with local people and dinner, overnight and breakfast in home stays with local people. Every tour will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide.
DAY 1: IRENTE VIEWPOINT (5 -7 HOURS)
After breakfast at 8:30am, start walk to Irente view point, in perfect time reach at Irente viewpoint, from the famous Irente View point, you see the village of Mazinde almost at an altitude of 1000m below the vast Savannah plains and also you have to look out over the Maasai plain and Mkomazi national park. On the way return trip to Lushoto town, you visit the Irente Farm cheese factory and the royal village of Kwembago for picnic lunch. Dinner and Overnight at Tumaini lodge,
HIKING TIME: 5 – 7 HOURS (Approximately)
DISTANCE: 16 KMS
ELEVATION (feet): 2,400ft to 3,800ft
HABITAT: MONTANE FOREST AND ALPINE FOREST DISTANCE
DAY 2: WALKING TO WESTERN USAMBARA – LUKOZI VILLAGE
Start to walk from Lushoto to Lukozi, Manolo and Sunga villages through the tropical rain forest where some rare plants (indigenous) and small animals will be spotted, while enjoying a time out with local commuties on their uses as traditional medicine and daily activities, be prepared for an extraordinary cross-cultural experience as you join these Sambaa people with a picnic lunch at the selected viewpoint. After Siesta (lunch relaxed). Late afternoon, drive back to Lukozi village for Dinner & Overnight at Bush baby Home stay (It’s very friendly place)
HIKING TIME: 3 – 5 HOURS (Approximately)
DISTANCE: 12 KMS
ELEVATION (feet): 2,400ft to 3,800ft
HABITAT: RUSH FOREST, SHRUBS AND ALPINE FOREST DISTANCE
Day 3: FULL DAY WALKING TO ADVENTURE TRIAL AT RANGWI SISTERS VILLAGE
Walk for some kilometers along the cliffs, rural landscapes and have beautiful views. Later on you’ll pass via small tracks and quiet back roads a valley with small agricultural lands. Lunch box “on the way”. You can see the farmers collecting the water for irrigation with buckets “on their heads”. You passing at the land escarpments and sceneries where local history and experiencing, and you reach several superb viewpoints and visit various develop projects with a picnic lunch on perfect time. Dinner and Overnight at Rangwi Sister’s Convent (They will prepare and serve good and delicious meals and breakfast.)
HIKING TIME: 6 – 7 HOURS (Moderate walk)
DISTANCE: 17 KMS
ELEVATION (feet): 1,200ft to 1,800ft
HABITAT: OPEN AREA, SHRUBS AND FOREST
DAY 4: FULL DAY CULTURAL VILLAGE WALKS AT MAMBO VILLAGE
Through the fields you will walk to tiny Mambo Village where you experienced culture and learn how they fit their local environment and ready to share with visitors. This rural village has an authentic charm. Children playing on the streets, greeting you with “Mzungu!”. Elder people on a bench talking about daily local life. Cloth makers with their Singer Sewing machines near the bridge. Women bringing their vegetables to the Thursday market. There are lots of additional things to do, like visiting a Natural Healer, the local Pottery, visit the Primary School projects.
HIKING TIME: 3 – 4 HOURS (Approximately)
DISTANCE: 4 KMS
ELEVATION (feet): 1,300ft to 1,600ft
HABITAT: OPEN ARE AND SHRUBS
DAY 5: TREK TO FOOTPRINTS VIEWPOINT AND CAVES (THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS HERE)
1. MAMBO FOOTPRINTS
This day is half day trek; get ready for mysterious Mambo Footprint treks are supposed to be marks from Homo erectus who were living in these regions 1.5 million years ago. Scientifically not proved yet, but the trek down to the Footprints is a real marvel. Stunning views over the Maasai Plains, farmers walking up and down and the footprints as a reward for your efforts.
2. MAMBO CAVES
This demanding trek takes you 500 meters down to the Mambo caves, you have beautiful views on Mtae and over Valle. Mambo caves itself is a holy place for the villagers, they go there to worship and look for medical plants as a protection against diseases. On the way back, climbing towards Mambo, you will discover the Pare Mountains to the north. Return to the hotel for Dinner and night at Mambo lodge where, if there is the sunset you will see Kilimanjaro summit from your room.