Hike Usambara Mountains With a Local Guide
If you are short on time while visiting Lushoto, I can offer you short day hikes in Usambara Mountains starting from Lushoto. I can also guide multi day treks trhough the Usambara region, contact me for more information below. Lushoto is little town in Usambara region and starting point to many day hike points in Usmbara mountains.
Hikes include visit to spectacular viewpoints to waterfalls and Magamba rainforest. Lushoto is easily reachable by bus from all parts of Tanzania, there are good bus connections from Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam and Tanga. Tours in Usambara Mountains can be also done on bike.
Day Trips From Lushoto – Hike to Irente Viewpoint
Irente viewpoint is one of the most famous view points in Usambara Mountains. We meet in Lushoto and walk from Lushoto to spectacular Irente View point. On the way to Irente viewpoint, we usually meet locals and children so there will be plenty opportunities to see rural village life in Usambara Mountains.
Once we reach Irente viewpoint at sea level of approximately 1500m, you will be rewarded with stunning views. You can see Mazinde village 1000m below and vast maasai steppe in the distance, the main road from Arusha, Moshi to Tanga and Dar.
On return back you can visit Irente farm for your Lunch. Irente farm sells delicious home made brown bread, cheese, all sorts of home made jams (pineapple jam among others), fresh passion juice, fresh cut fruit and yoghurt.
After lunch we take different way back to Lushoto town and on the way we can stop at local school for blind people and local orphanage.
Price for hike to Irente viewpoint includes lunch, guiding, entrance fees to the view and transport back to Lushoto. Tour to Irente viewpoint duration is 4 to 5 hours.
Explore Magamba Forest in Usambara Mountains
Hike to Magamba Forest from Lushoto
Hike to tropical Magamba forest begins with an uphill walk from Lushoto to the royal village of Kwembago, where you will learn about the cultural history of the traditional ruling chief clan of the Kilindi tribes of the centuries – old kingdom of Washambaa from Kwembago.
On the way to Magamba forest we will also pass by the german settlement. Tropical Magamba forest is home to famous black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and natural habitat to beautiful and colorful birds a not to mention butterflies. Once we are done walking through dense Magamba forest we take another way back to Lushoto or take private transport to Lushoto – depends on you!
The price includes Magamba forest fee, guiding, picnic lunch and local transport back to Lushoto. Tour duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Hike to Mkuzi Waterfalls
Hike to Mkuzi Waterfalls With Picnic Lunch and Swimming
Hike to Mkuzi waterfalls will take you with an uphill from Lushoto to the village of Jaegertal. During the walk I will tell you more about historic background of the area. You will be surprised, how rich in history this area is! I am sure we will find some chameleons too! if you dont know it yet, Usambara mountains are home to chameleons that can be spotted in almost every bush if you know were to find them.
On the way to Mkuzi waterfalls we will pass by natural forests and farmlands before we arrive to Magamba village until we reach Mkuzi waterfalls. We will settle for a picnic lunch and while enjoying the nature and beautiful Mkuzi waterfalls, you can bring swim suit and swim in the pools. As you will definitely be tired from lots of walking and swimming, we will return back to Lushoto by local taxi!
The price includes guiding, forest fees, lunch and local transport back to Lushoto. Tour duration: 7 – 8 hours.
Local Guide in Usambara Mountains – Lushoto