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Usambara Mountains

137 Reviews

Usambara Mountains

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Sallytraveling wrote a review Mar 2020
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I had an excellent 3 days hiking through the forest and farmland with Dennis, see previous reviews for whatsapp. As a previous review read, as a young, single female traveler I was a bit cautious about spending 3 days with an unknown man. Dennis is in his 30s and very friendly and knowledgeable, we had some good conversations about general life in Tanzania and the wildlife of the mountains as well as animals seen on safari, I felt very comfortable with him. I can highly recommend him for your time in the Usumbara mountains. He can also organise safari for you. I wanted to mention his coworker David who helped out on day 1 to pick me up from the bus station and walk me to the viewpoint when Dennis was busy. David was also very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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erik wrote a review Feb 2020
United Kingdom1 contribution
I and a friend went on a three-day hike with Dennis (+255 62 168 1856‬) through the Usambara Mountains. On our arrival, Dennis picked us up and since it was only around noon he offered to take us free of charge to an amazing viewpoint nearby. The next three days we had a wonderful experience as the landscape was every changing and absolutely stunning and Dennis had a lot of deep knowledge of the Wildlife as well as the history of the places we visited. Dennis organized and took care of everything so that we were able to enjoy the hike as much as we did. Highly recommend going to the Umsamabara mountains and doing a tour with Dennis.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Anna Joel wrote a review Feb 2020
Uppsala, Sweden2 contributions
This was one of our best experiences in Tanzania, We did 3 days hikes in Usambara Mountains and our guide Brighton was so competent and he knew all places. He explained us many informative things about both history, animals and nature. Our staying was comfortable. The meals and accommodation were perfect, This completely exceeded my expectations and was absolutely the best Hike I've ever been on. Everything we were told would happen, happened exactly when and how it was planned. Everyone was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Extremely well organized, timely and clear communication,amazing service. I cannot praise Halisi African Adventures enough Overall, our hiking was perfect, much better than we expected.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Karina wrote a review Feb 2020
Germany1 contribution
We jumped in the bus to Lushoto, texted Dennis and requested a 3days-hike through the Usambara mountains starting from next day! (short-notice, I know) it turned our that Dennis replies some hours later and organized our trip - which was amazing. As we are good hikers, we did about 60 kms in three days. 25-15-20 km which was good so we had some time during the afternoon to get some rest at the second day. The food prepared and/or organized by our guide was delicious (and waaay too much for us as we are not used to eat that much :)) The people we met during our trip, especially at the places we stayed overnight were super nice. Our guide stayed flexibel and adjusted the pace and the day to our condition. The first place we stayed overnight Papaa Moze Lodge was a basic accommodation with own shower and toilet. We spent the evening with having good food and some beer in the bar. At the second day we arrived at lunch time at a sister's place, which was beautiful and clean. We had an own room with two single beds and a shared shower and toilet. The place was clean and the sisters complex really beautiful. At the afternoon we went to the village where our guide used the free time to show us around. The third day was about hiking - we came to the third place "Mambo cliff inn" - with that amazing view!!! After a rest we went to the Mambo view point for the sunset! All in all the trip was amazing (though also challenging as hiking should be ;)) and we would have missed a beautiful spot in Tanzania if we wouldn't have been there! Definitely worth going there!! Don't hesitate to contact Dennis for more local information and further details: +255621681856
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ryan wrote a review Jan 2020
San Diego, California1 contribution2 helpful votes
We had a very bad experience with our guide. His name was Michael and we met him at the Irente View Cliff Lodge (which is a great place to stay!). At first he helped us plan our hike through the Usambara Mountains but he turned out to be very agressive verbally. The couple we met at one of the places that we stayed at during the hike were hiking independently in Usambara, which is absolutely possible. Our guide however directly told them in a very agressive way that it was not okay to do this alone because they don’t contribute to the local villages and he even threatened them with a bush knife. The second day he said we did not trust him because we did not gave him all the money yet and therefore the atmosphere was very tense. The same happened the second night when we decided to take a taxi back because another guide told us that the bus was not going. He got very mad again and told us that we did not trust him and that we should listen to him and not to his colleague. Also he refused to pay for this taxi even though he had to take the taxi to get back to the village as well. Lastly, he also sexually intimidated my friend by asking her repeatedly if she would sleep together with him in his room. Altogether this really made our experience less nice, even though the hike is absolutely beautiful!! But we were not able to enjoy ot as much as we would have liked.. The other guides we met from Friends of Usambare were very nice, so we also just had very bad luck. But please, if you go with a guide, do NOT go with Michael.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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