What to do in Lushoto?



I will be in Lushoto for one month, it is a volunteering program! I think I will have about four weekends free, and I am looking to enjoy my time around the area, what kind of activities I can do in Lushoto and nearby area!


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  1. Hello!

    There is a lot to do in and around Lushoto; try to check the following that might be of interest to you!

    Lushoto Waterfall and Mkuzi Forest – enjoy hikes to highest peak in Usumbara amongst other walks and trails. Colobus Monkeys and exotic birds including the Trumpeter Hornbill are found here. Irente viewpoint and farm – this is a great hike which takes about 2 hours and afterwards you can enjoy a picnic lunch at the farm.

    Shagayu Natural Forest – this stunning and ancient forest covers about 10 000 hectares. It is a botanist’s heaven with an incredible range of endemic species recorded in a protected area. Day walks and overnight trails can be arranged into the forest and to the mountain viewpoint.

    Mambo Footprints and Mambo Caves – these pre-historic sites are located close to each other. It is thought that the early humans who made the footprints also occupied the nearby caves.

    Pottery making – in the village of Kilieti is the Namisfueli Nyeki workshop where visitors can watch the products being made and also join in.

    Masumbae Forest Reserve – is a bird watchers haven located close to the village of Soni.

    Mkomazi National Park – Mkomazi is located in the northern foothills of the Usambaras and borders Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. This park is home to the endangered Wild Dog and Black Rhino as well as Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. Plains game includes Giraffe, Hartebeest, Zebra, Eland and Kudu. Rare species that can be seen are the Gerenuk and the Fringe-eared Oryx. This park is a less crowded alternative to more famous and expensive parks and almost all animals can be found while on safari.


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  2. Other attractions in north east Tanzania:

    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater
    • Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Tarangire National
  3. There is a lot to do in the Usambara Mountains! Usumbara Mountains are ideal for scenic drives, hiking, biking, birding and just relaxing. Various directional viewpoints yield spectacular panoramas of Masaai lands below and the Pare Mountains, and on clear days you can see all the way to the coast and Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Guided walks, hikes and tours can be arranged through the tourist centre in Lushoto. These walks and trails can take a couple of hours or you can embark on a variety of trails of between 2 and 8 days. Specialised birding safaris can also be arranged (at least 500 species in this area). Endemic birds include the Usambara Weaver, Usambara Akalat and the Usambara Eagle-owl.

    GPS navigation is used on the fully catered guided hikes and overnights can be arranged at a variety of accommodation along the way, plus your luggage can be transported for you – ‘slack-packing’ at its best. For game drives and safari activities, Mkomazi National Park which is home to Big Five game, is only a 90 minute drive from the Mambo viewpoint.

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