Usambara Mountains

Usambara Mountains, Tanga Region: Hours, Address, Usambara Mountains Reviews: 5/5

Usambara Mountains
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Felix G
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Couples
My girlfriend and I did a wonderful 4 day, 3 night hike in the Usambara mountains with Dennis (+255 62 168 1856). Dennis was incredibly helpful giving us instructions how to get from Dar to Lushoto by bus, which is not something that is very easy to find out! See below. Dennis met us at the bus terminal in Lushoto, and arranged our accommodation for the first night there. We then trekked for 3 days in the beautiful ever changing mountains. The landscape was so varied, with amazing rainforest and really impressive hillside farms. We walked through lots of lovely villages, and Dennis taught us plenty of Swahili along the way, which we got to practise with the locals. Dennis had some superhuman ability to spot even the most camouflaged chameleons along the way, and was really knowledgable about the flora and fauna, particularly the birds. The highlight was staying in the catholic nunnery, where we were fed very well by the sisters, with a delicious beef pilau. The whole trip was really relaxing and beautiful, and Dennis organised everything really well, allowing us to be super relaxed and take in the surroundings. He also makes a delicious ‘Usambara’ guacamole, and a mean chapati. We hardly saw another tourist for the 4 days, which was such a great authentic experience. We would highly recommend the Usambara mountains, and especially Dennis as a guide. Thanks very much Dennis, and best of luck for the future- and of course the upcoming wedding!

Info for Dar to Lushoto by bud, from Dennis

This are the buses Shambalai bus, Maning nice, burudani and my happy. The first bus leave Dar at 6 am and the second one leaves 8 am the same company and maning nice leave Dar at 11 am and my happy leave dar at 12pm the last bus is burudani which is the last bus from Dar to lushoto leaves at 3pm and it takes 6 hours from Dar to lushoto. The bus fare is 16,000Tsh, We also do pick up from the airport to the hotel your going to with trusted drivers we have worked with them since long time upto now. Also From the airport to the bus stand called ubungo its a bit distance so you will need to get tax to bring you to the bus stand and then you can jump in the bus to lushoto from there.
Written April 2, 2021
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Daphne
Brussels, Belgium6 contributions
My friend and I went on a 4 day walking trip with Dennis in the Usambara mountains, in July of 2019. We started out on a long bus ride from Dar Es Salaam which got us to Lushoto late in the night - but Dennis was there waiting for us and ready to take us to our hotel. As the whole trip was organised by Dennis we didn't need to book anything.

We woke up the next morning and set off on foot for our 4 day adventure which took us through the mountains, across terraced villages, staying in a beautifully maintained convent in the hills, crossing rain forests, making pottery with, and overall bathing in incredible scenery.

The whole way Dennis was very knowledgable and a super guide, telling us about the flora and fauna we saw along the way (and there was a lot to see!) - he has such a sharp eye for finding chameleons ! He would make sure we were walking at the pace that agreed with us, answered any question we had, and ALWAYS made sure we were happily fed ! As the days went on we got to know him not only as a guide but as a friend we could freely exchange with, joke along with and learn from.
Our final day took us to one of the most breathtaking view points I have every seen in my life ... needless to say we were not disappointed with out adventure !

Even after we left the Usambara mountains, Dennis was happy to recommend other guides and activities in the other regions we had planned to visit. We sometimes message now and again.

This was one of the best experiences of our whole trip in Tanzania, especially thanks to Dennis and his positive energy, sense of duty, and general desire to go above and beyond to make his clients have the best time ever. I will miss that smile !

I have been recommending a trip to Tanzania to everyone who wants to travel mostly on the base of this experience :)
Written January 5, 2021
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Ludger H
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Couples
Our guide Denis is a great guy. Not only can he spot a chameleon the size of a fingernail from a mile away while riding a bicycle, he could also arrange for a transport on the spot after a long day of biking back to the accommodation. Denis has an acumen for business and a good network of contacts.

Knowledgeable about history and the environment as well.

Thank you for everything.

Ps: be prepared for some serious biking. Usambara mountains have some good elevation and dusty roads.
Written April 18, 2022
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Mmazipan
London109 contributions
This location is beautiful and after seeing the stellar reviews of Dennis I decided to book a tour with him. Initially he was very responsive and helpful in communication and was very flexible in assisting me to figure out transport. However the issue came when it was time to discuss payment. We had agreed on a price ($60) and he demanded more than double ($150)! He had all sorts of excuses and carefully crafted stories about why there was a change in price but I wasn’t buying it. I thought we had settled it but he went from being incredibly helpful and friendly and spent the rest of the time sulking, being unhelpful and monosyllabic, walking ahead, being on his phone, rushing me and behaving in a generally unpleasant manner. He completed the tour in a very robotic manner and really ruined my whole experience and as a solo female traveller generally made me feel unsafe. Additionally we did not see everything he had promised.

If you do book a tour with him you should check, confirm and check and then confirm the price at each point.

It is unfortunate as the mountains are stunning, the views beautiful and it is a lovely experience, it is a shame it was ruined by his behaviour.
Written December 26, 2020
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Jess W
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Solo
I did a 3 day Usambara trek with Denis (+255 621 681 856) and it exceeded my expectations. I expected some good exercise and an interesting cultural experience, but I was not prepared for the level of beauty of the scenery while trekking-absolutely stunning! The accommodations were clean and comfortable, and in particular the second night (mambo viewpoint) was an absolutely beautiful spot with wonderful accommodation. As a female travelling by myself, Denis went out of his way to answer my questions and make me feel comfortable. He is so knowledgeable about the area and was willing to adjust each days hiking to my interest/stamina. He was really tireless in making sure I had the best possible experience and I could not recommend him enough!
Written January 23, 2020
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Ville Laine
Helsinki, Finland9 contributions
Solo
I spent a couple of the most memorable days in Usambara mountains. The nature there is unlike anywhere I've seen. So lush and varied with tall trees, taller mountains and deep vallies.

To guide me was Samuel, amazing guide who went so far above and beyond what I expected. He is a warm-hearted and trustworthy family man and I felt instantly at home with him. He had immense knowledge about the nature, the history of the local area, it's people and Tanzania in general. Samuel shared interesting stories about how people use local plants for medicine, about cultural rituals and traditions that you really can't get to know otherwise.

I really can't recommend him enough! 10/10.

Here’s his contact details:
Samuel
+255787492492
Written February 12, 2022
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Nikolas W
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had a great time with im in the usambara mountains with my guid DENIS He organized my trip from zanzibar to lushoto and after the hike my trip to arusha. Denis always took care of my well-being.
He adapted the tour and the speed to me. Dennis has a great knowledge of nature and animals. You can always have a good conversation with him.
I can only recommend him
You can always text him +255 621 681 856
Written February 12, 2021
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Christina B
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
We spent a 3 days hiking in Usambara Mountains with Halisi African Adventures and our Guide he knew everything about the plants, the history, the culture of the region. The communication with him went very well, the services provided were very good the food and accommodation.
He explained every thing and answered all the questions with patience and always smiling. We went through the forest, and villages where the always smiling children would come and speak with us, never asking for money, only wanting to share a moment.
Brighton owner of the company was very helpful and took good care of us with great meals. He organized our transport, accommodations, pick up and drop off.
Everything was well organized and we highly recommend Halisi African Adventures.
Written April 4, 2022
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Emma A
Geneva, Switzerland5 contributions
There is more to Tanzania than climbing Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru! Around Lushoto, close to the Kenyan border, the Usambara Mountains are easy to explore and the best way to discover remote villages and get to know the local life. We trekked for three days with Samuel, an excellent guide who organized the whole trip, including one or two nights (depending on your choice) in monasteries. Samuel knows the flora, culture and traditions better than anyone else and he is reliable and a very pleasant company. Highly recommended!
Written November 1, 2021
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Marine C
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Amazing and beautiful stop in the middle of a roadtrip from Arusha to Zanzibar. We stopped in Lushoto in the Irente Farm Lodge (very good natural products and good experience to stay with beautiful views and zen atmosphere). From the lodge, we went for a hike in the Usambara mountains with our guide, Agray, who was very knowledgeable and really made the most of our short stay. His number: +255 785 725 532.
Written August 2, 2021
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