Thursday 19th, April, 2018
Usambara Mountains & Lushoto Explorations
With their wide vistas, cool climate, winding paths and picturesque villages, the Usambaras are of the northeastern Tanzania’s highlights. Rural life here revolves around a circle of bustling, colorful market days that rotate from one village to the next and is largely untouched by booming safari scenes and influx of fancy 4WDs in nearby cities. It’s possible to spend at least a week hiking from village to village. Or relaxing in one spot and doing your exploring as a series of day walks.
The usambara, which are part of the Ancient Eastern Arc chain, are divided into two ranges separated by a 4km- wide valley. The western usambaras around Lushoto are the most accessible and have the better road network, while the eastern usambara around Amani are less developed. Both ranges are densely populated, with an average of more than 500 people per sq km. The main tribe are sambaa, The Kilindi, Zigua and the Mbugu although the climate is comfortable year-around paths get too muddy for hiking during the rainy season. The best Time to visit is from July to October after the rains and when the air is at its clearest.