Usambara Mountains

Usambara Mountains

The Usambara Mountains form the first part to the Eastern Arc Mountain Range in Tanzania. This biodiversity hotspot is home to numerous endemic species of flora and fauna. Mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and reptiles are all represented and it is easy to see examples of these rare species on your guided walks.

  • Birding: Excellent numerous forest specialists
  • Best time to visit Usambara: June - March
  • How to get to Usamabara: you need to drive but you can fly to Tanga which is close.
  • Safari types available: Walking Safaris

Usambara's forests are over 20million years old and have giant trees towering to over 50m. These mountains themselves are over 100 million years old and rose when the Rift Valley fell. The mountains go up to around 1000m and provide a great place to relax away from the heat. Usambara is ideal for safaris with young children.

The Usambara Mountains can be split into two distinct blocks, East Usambara and West Usambara. In East Usambara we recommend Amani Nature Reserve in East Usambara as this has both decent accommodation (at Amani Forest Camp - Emau Hill) and great forest. In West Usambara Lushoto is the main destination for visitors to the Mgamba and Ambangulu Forest Reserves.


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  • How to get there: Drive, Fly
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  • Thank you very much for the organization of our Safari. We were really happy with our guide Henry and our cook. Everything was great. Henry was a wonderful guide, always on time.

    Cline Gardiol

    Switzerland, Jan 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • We had a wonderful trip. Thanks very much to you, Wild Things and to Abbas for putting together such a memorable safari for us.

    Kathryn Woof

    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and we feel that the service you offered was well worth the money we paid. Salim was wonderful. Very interesting to talk to us, and an excellent driver.

    Claire Austin

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • Thank you so much for the amazing safari! This was a great safari and I can't wait to give you a full brief and photos!

    Genevieve Champagne

    Canada,

  • We had an excellent time and the trip was very well planned, the guides (and vehicles) excellent. Thank you very much for arranging it all!

    Jackie, David and Sarah

    Australia, Oct 2013