We stayed at the Irente Farm which was very pleasant, on our first day we were met by a guide on the bus on the way to Lushoto from Moshi. We weren't sure if we should take our tour with him, or wait until we got to our accommodation and go with the 'Friends of Usambara'. We decided to give him a chance but unfortunately felt that this wasn't our best decision and in trying to see too much (the rainforest and the waterfall) we ended up seeing very little and having a very tiring day. I think it would be better to just do the rainforest in one day, but at the time we had no idea of distances, and our guide, who wanted to please us, told us there would be enough time. It was far too much for one day though and not really enjoyable. We however met a really nice local man by the Irente Viewpoint who showed us around the viewpoint and also to the Sunset viewpoint, which was lovely. His name was Joseph (chameleon) and we had really wished that we had taken our tour with him. He is a very kind young man and we enjoyed speaking with him so much. You should definitely catch up with Joseph if you're in the area and try and go on a guided tour with him (he has an eye for chameleons :-)) We were surprised how populated the mountains were and really enjoyed the short time that we spent alone in the forest. Be prepared for a mass of people when you get off the bus in Lushoto!
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