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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