The Usambara mountains are situated in the North Eastern part of Tanzania; between Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean. The mountains rise up steeply from the surroundings plains and can only be entered via few roads. The only tarmac road in the area winds along a small river to Soni and Lushoto, the largest towns in the area. Because of its pleasant climate, the mountains were favoured by the Germans and the English during colonial times. Germans and the English during colonial times. Historic building stand as reminders of this past.

From a distance the mountains are a colorful mosaic. On the fertile slopes around Soni and Lushoto farmers cultivate small plots. But further away from the towns large areas are still covered by dense tropical forests.

The viewpoints on the southern and western side of the Usambara are well known for the spectacular views of the plains of Mkomazi and Handeni. Kilimanajaro can be seen on the horizon and at the end of the day the sunset turns the area in to a tremendous pallet of unforgettable colours

The born free Safaris we can offer you the best on the following:

  • Visits to superb viewpoints on the edge of the Mountains
  • Visit to several development projects in the district (soil conservation, irrigation, cross breeding, afforestation, health care)
  • A climb to Kwa Mongo, the mountain with the many butterflies on top
  • Walks through dense natural forests and along small rivers that race downhill
  • A view into the history and daily life of the Wasambaa farmers