Welcome to the Usambara Mountains

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Situated in the north-east of Tanzania with their wide vistas, cool climate, winding paths and picturesque villages, the Usambara’s are one of Tanzanian’s highlights.
The Usambara’s are a part of the ancient Eastern Arc chain which mountains stretch in a broken crescent from the Taita hills in southern Kenya down to Morogoro and the southern highlands. They are estimated to be at least 100 million years old and the rocks forming them may be as much as 600 million years old. The mountains are home to an exceptional assortment of plants and animals and represent one of the highest degrees of biodiversity on the continent.

The habitation of the Usambara┬┤s goes back to at least 1,5 million years. Traces which are unique in world history were found near Mambo and still can be seen

Facts and figures

Main cities / villages:Lushoto
Surface:3500 KM2
Population:419.000 (120 persons / km2)
Temperatures:16 – 30 gr. oC (daytime)
11 – 16 gr. oC (night time)
Altitude:1000 – 2200 m
Main economics:agriculture (maize, cassava, potatoes, tea, cardamom, vegetables, fruits and much more)
Seasons:Dry season: December-March and June – September
Wet season: April-May and October-November
Forest and national park:Mkomazi / Umba (1600 km2)
Mgamba forest
Shagayu forest
various natural forest (420 km2)
Education218+ primary schools
17+ secundairy schools
1 university
1 institute of judiciary administration
Health care2 hospitals (Lushoto and Bumbuli)
51+ dispensaries

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