Friends of Usambara Society

Friends of Usambara Society

Friends of Usambara Society
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Mimi V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We are a couple from Belgium. 🇧🇪
We did a 3 days hiking in Usambara mountains with our tour guide, Bakari. Very unique and unforgettable experience. We were lucky enough to see almost 20 chameleons during our while hike. Including a baby chameleon❤️. Bakari is a very professional guide, told us about the mountains. We pass through some villages which was really amazing, specially meeting local people from the mountains.
1st night we slept in Bush Baby homestay, really comfortable stay and the host is very welcoming. 2nd night was in Sisters convent, very unique experience. And to end our hike, our last stay is in Magumba View Cottages. a panoramic view from our room. Top! You should do this hike when you go to Tanzania. Worth it!
Written 23 March 2024
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Sebastian L
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I had a great hike to Magamba forest and Irente viewpoint. My guide grew up in Lushoto and had great knowledge about the area and the local plants and wildlife. The views were wonderful and I got to pass through some of the villages.
Written 9 March 2024
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Carrie M
Washington DC, DC40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
I did a 3-day trek to Mambo with Richard as my guide. It was a great trip. The first day we walked about 20 km, mostly through villages and agricultural areas, and Richard found colobus monkeys and lots of chameleons. We had a nice picnic lunch in the forest. We stayed at Bush Baby Homestay near Lukozi - basic but comfortable, with super friendly and kind hosts, and the food was really good. The second day was a short hike to the Rangwi Sisters Convent - the highlight of the trek. The convent is on beautiful grounds and has a really positive, friendly vibe. We got to interact with the nuns quite a lot, helping with chores, chatting with the younger women, seeing The school and orphanage they’re building. The rooms in the convent were basic but absolutely spotless. The last day we had the best scenery on the way to Mambo - panoramic cliff top views and two clear views of Kilimanjaro. I opted for the upgrade at Mambo Eco Lodge and it was a lovely place to stay, with great hot showers and a good view of the sunset. Finally another group I met and I decided to split a taxi back to Lushoto the last morning instead of taking the 5 am bus so we could linger in the mountains a little longer.

Overall I would highly recommend Richard as a guide. He taught me quite a bit of Swahili to help me interact with the local people, explained a lot about the culture in the mountains, patiently answered all of my questions, and came up with creative solutions to every small challenge. Richard is from one of the communities we walked through so he had a really interesting perspective on local life. He even runs a tree planting project in the region which was super cool to hear about.

I spent a couple nights in Lushoto doing hikes on my own before and after this trek. The guided trek was a much richer experience and the scenery was much more impressive than in the immediate Lushoto area. I found the Usambara Mountains to be super friendly and I don’t think I would have met as many locals, or gotten to see as much of local life on the small footpaths, If I’d tried to go without a guide.
Written 26 January 2023
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Sander F
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Unique experience. The hike leads you through the Usambara Mountains with amazing viewpoints. During the hike (3 days) you will learn about the nature and how people live. The organization is also protecting the Usambara society by giving back to nature (e.g. tree planting). Tour guide was very professional.
Written 11 December 2022
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Hui R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Friends of Usambara Society seems to be the most trustworthy angency in town and they contribute part of the revenue back to the local community! I like it!

I had an amazing tour with guide Rashidi to the forest and Irene View Point. We first passed through the villages to the forest. I was very lucky to see 7 chameleons along the way thanks to Rashidi, who is a great chameleons spotter! Then we had lunch in a beautiful farm and headed to the Irente View Point, the best part of the day!

I would highly recommend guide Rashidi, with whom you might have a higher chance to see chameleons! He’s also very knowledgeable about the plants and animals. You can text him for more info +255 717 732 361 ; )
Written 5 December 2022
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Cecilie G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Had a great day with the fantastic guide Rashidi visiting Magamba rainforest, Magamba peak and Irente View Point. Rashidi was great hiking company and a very pleasant guide. He explained about different plants, traditional medicine etc. Also had a lovely lunch at Irente Farm. Definitely recommend Friends of Usbara and guide Rashidi WA +255 717 732 361.
Written 19 September 2022
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Friederike
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We had a really great day with our very friendly and knowledgeable local guide Rashidi. He took us on a hike through the villages around Lushoto, the beautiful Magamba Rain Forest and up the Kigulu Hakwewa Peak, from where we had a breathtaking view over the mountains. Once we reached the top, he surprised us with an amazing lunch, that he had carried in his backpack all along: Samosas, Chapatis, cake, fresh fruit, veggies, juice, and all the ingredients for guacamole, which he freshly prepared for us. During our hike we could spot many chameleons, squirrels and even some monkeys. Rashidi explained to us interesting things about the animals and plants of usambara. We also asked many questions about everyday life in the usambara mountains and Rashidi was happy to share with us his experiences and more details of his life. When we come back one day, we would definitely book him again and maybe do an even longer tour. If you need information on what to do in the usambara mountains and check availability you can also contact Rashidi directly via WhatsApp +255 717 732 361 .
Written 15 September 2022
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Doris N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The 2 days hike was a really nice experience! I learned a lot about healing plants, traditional agriculture and pottery, the nature, history and lifestyle of the west usambara mountains. accomodations and food were good and the landscapes and views were magnificent! My guide Ommy is a master in botany and finding chameleons :)
I really enjoyed it!
Written 28 August 2022
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Celia P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
I had a really nice experience with my guide Rashidi. We did the 3 day hiking from Lushoto to Mtae. Food and accommodation were really good. The guide organized everything perfectly and showed and explained me a lot of things I wouldn't have seen without him, especially a lot of chamoleon wich was amazing.
I would totally recommend to do a tour with this guide! (+255717732361)
Written 23 February 2022
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Mohammed A
Bordeaux, France6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Did a wonderful day hiking in the Usambara mountain, magamba natural reserve. my guide Rashidi was very kind and knew a lot of things about the natural Ecosystem, he also taught me a lot of swahili during the hike !
If you go there, ask for Rashidi he's great.
Written 2 July 2021
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