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The Usambara Mountains are a mountain range in Northeast Tanzania, approximately 90 km long and ranging from 30 to 50 km in width. They are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, which stretch from Kenya through Tanzania, and are one of the world's Biodiversity hotspots. Located in between the Kilimanjaro Mountain and the Indian Ocean, this mountain range is easily accessible from the towns of Lushoto in the West, and Amani in the East. With stretches of protected lush, virgin tropical rainforests, the winding ways of climbing, and the great hiking opportunity in both West Usambara and the East Usambara are some of the best attraction of it. In comparison to the West, the East Usambara is closer to the coast and receives significantly the more rainfall which support to the biodiversity of plants to grow. A visit to the hamlets perched terrifyingly on vertical cliffs would be an awe-inspiring experience of those travelling here.

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Mombasa is known to have the best beaches in Africa and the entire globe. Every year, thousands of tourists from different parts of the world throng the coastal Kenyan strip to enjoy the aura of white sandy beaches and exceptional weather. Mombasa is undoubtedly blessed when it comes to beach attractions; the long stretches of the beach, endless palm trees and cool breezes.

The top beaches of Mombasa have always been the top attraction for those planning a vacation in Kenyan coast. The beaches offer a lot of things to do and enjoy that include the Swimming, beach sports, diving, snorkeling as well as boat rides. The best part of it's beaches is it's clear crystal water that would clearly allow you to see the surface of the sea, where you can enjoy the spectacular rich marine life.

  • Forest Camp Shira Camp (11,000 ft)

After an early breakfast, you will start a 5 hours walk through the forest and up into the Hagenia zone. The vegetation begins to thin out as you approach the Shira Plateau, one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif. From Shira Camp there are exquisite views of the Shira Needles and far-off Mount Meru.

  • Itinerary Highlights:
  • 3 nights stay in Mombasa

Arrival and departure private meet, greet and transfer service from/to the Mombasa International Airport or closest hotel airstrip.

3 nights stay in Mombasa. Overnights at Alfajiri Villas.

Activities: transport to snorkeling at reef using traditional swahili boats, local sightseeing close to hotel radius and to nearby villages.

Optional day tours to include Mombasa City & Cultural Tour, Day safari to Tsavo East Park and Shimba Hills Reserve, Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park Snorkeling and other Mombasa sites of interest.

This itinerary can further be combined with other Professional Safari Africa tour itineraries and locations in Eastern Africa or to include parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

  • Shira Plateau Lava Tower Camp (14.300 ft)

Follow the trail through the sparse vegetation of the Alpine Desert Zone, where few plants survive and temperatures can reach the freezing point. Today you will hike for approximately 4 hours to reach Lava Tower, an imposing relic from Kilimanjaro volcanic past and your shelter for tonight.

  • Lava Tower – Barranco (13,000 ft)

This morning you will awake to find the entire Shira Plateau at your feet, with superb views across to Meru and the Shira Needles. A steady walk brings you up to the pass at Lava Tower looming at 15,000 ft. The Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is around 5 p.m. You would descend through the immense canyon called Grand Barranco, to reach at the Barranco Camp. Encountering the water bodies along your way such as various waterfalls supplied by the streams which together form the Umbwe River is awe-exciting. Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is around 5 p.m.

  • Barranco Karanga Camp (13,000 ft)

Begin your hike to Karanga Camp (which is at the same altitude as Barranco Camp so you should be well acclimatized by now to this elevation). After a scramble at Barranco Cliff, the rest of the trek is spent climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain for most of the way to camp. This section of the trail is not considered difficult and takes only about four hours. After lunch, you have an opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley, where giant senecios and lobelia grow.

  • Karanga Camp Barafu Camp (15,200 ft)

The climb to Barafu is mostly on Alpine Desert terrain; a mostly mineral environment with just a few lichens and mosses. Mawenzi Peak towers majestically to the right and Kibo Peak seems just a stone throw away. Climbers usually arrive at Barafu Camp sometime before 3 p.m. Those who wish to attempt the summit should retire early this might, as the next day is the longest of the whole climb.

  • Barafu Camp Ascent to Summit Mweka Camp (10,200 ft)

It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and hikers should carry as little as possible for this stage. Temperatures range from -4 degrees to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. You would start ascending in a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers and it would take 6 hours for you to reach the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Meyer points.

One more hour of climbing brings you to the summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent. The track around the edge of the crater is icy and rocky, so concentrate on your feet and follow your guide very closely for this section of the climb.

Enjoy your scramble down the scree and carry on to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night. Arriving into camp at around 5 p.m. you will look back and realize that, today, you have trekked a total of thirteen hours!

  • Mweka Camp to the Gate

The descent to Mweka gate takes approximately five hours and climbers usually reach there around noon. Upon arrival at the gate, wrapped in the warmth of your great achievement, you will be given a certificate attesting your success before joining your driver and vehicle for the return to Arusha.


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