Trekking Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: 2 Hours drive or 4 hours hiking
The journey starts at Lushoto and goes uphill to Kwembago, an old town where the Data family—a subclan of the royal Kilindi line—lived in the past. From there, visitors experienced the Shambala villages. Kwembago is positioned along a mountain range that offers expansive views of the western Usambara mountains, the Maasai steppe, and the Lushoto Valley. After two hours of walking from Kwembago, the walking trip continues through the Magamba rain forest, where unusual vegetation and animal life can be seen. We drive to Mtae after walking there, arriving in time to watch the sun set over the distant and plain Pare mountains. You spend one night at the hostel Mtae.
Day 2: 5-6 hours hiking
At approximately 7:30 a.m., take a trip through Mtae village to a viewpoint where, on clear days, you can see Mount Kilimanjaro. Next, we start our ascent to Shaghayu Peak, which is 2220 meters high and offers breathtaking views of the Pare Mountains that lie on Kenya’s other side. As you go through Mpanga, you’ll pass through areas with an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including Shangayu Rain Forest, which is home to a number of different species of monkeys and represents one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the continent.
Day 3: 6 – 7 hours hiking
The walk you take today will either take you to Tema or Mamboleo. These settlements are renowned for their conservation of soil and long-standing irrigation initiatives that focus on building bench or stone terraces to enhance agricultural. Your guide will fully explain the traditional farming practices used by the Shamba people and how they have adapted to the unique environmental conditions of their region. Mamboleo and Tema offer a charming illustration of how the Shamba have blended newly introduced architectural forms, like the rectangular “Swahili” house, with their traditional conical thatched earthen huts. The next morning, you drive yourself to Lushoto.
End of Trekking
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Park fees and permits
- Professional mountain guides and porters
- Meals during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance.