Mtae the World View Point
Day 1 Lushoto:
Approximate Distance: 235 km Estimated Travel Time: 4-5 hrs Arrival in Lushoto and Check Inn in at any choosen accommodation in Lushoto Town.
Lushoto which is in the Usambara mountains is four hours drive on tarmac roads from Tanzania’s business and financial capital Dar es salaam, three hours from the Kilimanjaro International airport and two hour’s drive from Tanga.
The Usumbara Mountains are a mountain range in North-East Tanzania, approximately 70 miles (110 km) long and ranging from 20 to 40 miles (30-60 km) in width. Mountains in the range rise as high as 8,000 ft (2,440 m). The viewpoints on the southern and western sides of Usumbara are well known for the spectacular views of Mkomazi and Handeni plains. Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen on the horizon and at the end of the day the sunset turns areas into tremendous pallets of unforgettable colors.mtaeview1
The Usumbaras 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. Considered tremendously significant ecologically, there are many protected zones throughout the range which are being expanded and contributed to by the Tanzanian government, associated NGO’s and research teams. Several species can only be found in the Usumbara forests, including the Naduk eagle owl, Usumbara alethe, and the Usumbara weaver. Some of the very important medicinal plants such as the Quinine tree are found here.
The surrounding region was among the first in East Africa to be settled, in 1902, by European farmers. The nearby town of Amani was a popular German resort for many years in colonial times. Much of the mountains are used in the production of coffee, sisal, tea, and cinchona, with rice grown in the swampy foothills. The inhabitants are one of the very friendly people found in Tanzania, mostly the Wasambaa tribe.
Day 2-3 Usambara Trek – Lushoto TO Rangwi (2-3 Hours), Rangwi To Mtae (3-4 Hours) (2B,2L,2D) Begin
the 4-day trek with a morning trip through the Tanzanian countryside.
The trek begins with an uphill hike through protected rainforest, with chances to see the black and white Colobus monkey. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch made on route, enjoying it while surrounded by local farmland and great views. As well, you are trekking through a rural, but inhabited area, so take advantage and interact with the locals en route. Finish your day arriving at a local guest house, the Rangwi Mission where you will stay with the sisters/nuns, who will prepare a fantastic meal.
On day 2 walk through traditional villages and farming areas. Interacting with people, the hike continues to the womens pottery group in the village of Sunga. Here you may learn how to make local clay pots and the folklore of the traditional craft. Spend your night in the Mwivano guest house in Mtae village.
DAY 4-5 UsambaraTrek – Mtae (3-4 Hours),Final Day (3-4 HOURS) (2B,2L,2D)
Starting from Mtae, this walk loops up into the rain forest, stopping at a local school, where passengers are entertained by songs from the students, and have a change to give gifts, interact with the Children, and learn about the school system. Dig in to your picnic lunch en route and back to Mtae in the afternoon. You will spend another evening in Mtae village.mtaeview
On day 5 stop in at Magamba village en route back to Lushoto. Walk to Irente viewpoint and have lunch at Irente farm. Visit a traditional healer on your return walk to Lushoto. Enjoy a well deserved rest and shower upon arrival into Lushoto.