If using public transport or choosing to not drive all the way up to the falls the car ride usually takes 30 minutes leaving a hike of roughly 2 hours to the falls.
The Materuni falls is almost 80m in height and the ultimate goal of this hike. Before reaching the falls you'll see shamba's (small farms) growing coffee, bananas and yams. You'll get a good impression of the Chagga village life.
Discover the local vegetation and learn about the local people, the Pare. Your guide will be the obviously be an experienced one.
After a day of hiking you will spent the night at the Usangi Guesthouse or Mhako House in Usangi. The following morning you will be taken back to Moshi, Arusha or Tanga.
Moshi - Usangi: 2 hrs.
Arusha -Usangi: 4 hrs.
Tanga - Usangi: 3 hrs.
The area has a cool climate, winding paths and picturesque villages, and offers you one of north-eastern Tanzania's real delights. The different areas and towns/villages have different and diverse history. When you visit Amani Nature Reserve who was made a reserve back in 1997, remember that the German colonists was starting the development here a century before. They developed a research station and botanical gardens here.
Lushoto's charms were first discovered also by the Germans and they "created" Wilhelmstal, a favourite holiday spot, local administrative centre and also an important mission.
The Eastern Usambaras around Amani are less developed, but maybe even more attractive due to the forested areas.
The best time to visit s from July to October, after the rain when it's coolest, and not so muddy on the paths you want to trek.
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A paradise for hiking, and with an "never ending view" from some of all the peaks, throughout the savannahs of Mikumi National Park, with Udzungwa Mountains National Park to be seen to the east.
Facts: Uluguru Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc mountain chain. To visit Morningside, a old German mountain hut at about 1000 m above sea level are one of the most popular hikes, a short daytrip.
For the "top of the world" feeling, set your plan for hiking to Lupanga Peak, 2150 m above sea level, a tough walk of 6 to 8 hours. The inside of the forest on the way up can be slippery and difficult in the rain, but you might be awarded with meeting some rare birdlife.
For over three centuries the mountain and its surroundings has mainly been the home to the Luguru, the main tribe in the area. The name means "people of the mountain" and about 1,2 million of them now live in and around the mountains, mainly with agriculture as their way of surviving.
Nature and wildlife Uluguru can show you some of the world's richest and most species-diverse rainforests, containing more than ten endemic reptilian and amphibian species and over a hundred endemic plants, including African violet, busy lizzies and begonias.
Of the mammals you can meet here are yellow baboons, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, wild pigs and duiker antelopes, but still the mountains are most known for its birdlife, which include fifteen rare or unique species.
Except for the Ngorongoro Crater this is a seldom visited area, so by choosing to do your trekking here, you will enjoy some of Tanzania's most unusual nature and scenery.
All hiking in this area have to be arranged professionals, and is somehow costing due to the park fees to the conservation authorities, except for Ol Doinyo Lengai and Empakaai, which are just outside the boundaries of the conservation.
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