Pick up at 5am from your hotel in Dar es salaam, Drive to Lushoto Town. On arrival, Hike to the Kisasa waterfall. Head to Irente view point, then Hike to the Farm house at the Paradise Eco Farm where you will be accommodated for the 2 nights. From the Farm house we shall hike to the Kambe Peak for an evening view of Lushoto with a panoramic view at the peak before coming back to the farm house for dinner and overnight.
Full Day Hike about 7 hrs of complete Hike through villages and Magamba Forest with various experiences such as meeting the locals.
Morning Hike to Uwe’s Peak which is 15 minutes from the farm house before hiking bck to irente view lodge where our transfer will be waiting. Drive back to Dar es salaam. Be dropped at the Airport, hotel or ferry.
Lushoto, known as Wilhelmstal during the German colonial rule, is one of the eight districts of Tanga Region in Tanzania. It is bordered to the northeast by Kenya, to the east by the Muheza District, to the northwest by the Kilimanjaro Region and to the south by the Korogwe District.
Magamba Nature Forest Reserve (MNFR) is a state owned forest reserve in Lushoto District managed by Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) under Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and it has been designated as Nature Forest Reserve since March 2016. It covers a total of 9,283 ha. This Reserve has remained unspoiled due to the conservation efforts of the Lushoto people and Government.
Reserve is located in Lushoto district at 4°40’S and 38°15’E. The reserve altitude varies between 1650 and 2300 m.a.s.l where Kwehondo peak being the highest peak of the reserve rising to about 2300 m.a.s.l.
Magamba Nature Forest Reserve Head office is about 10 km from Lushoto town driving through Lushoto-Magamba-Mlalo road. The estimated distance from Lushoto-Mombo is 30 km and from Lushoto-Magamba Nature Forest Reserve is 9 km.
Magamba Nature Forest Reserve has high biological diversity with high richness of flora and fauna due to the varied altitudinal and climatic conditions present in the area. The reserve is managed for biodiversity conservation, water sources, ecotourism activities and research purposes. Dominant tree species include: Ocotea usambarensis, Tabernaemontana pachysiphon, Macaranga conglomerata, Albizia gummifera, Vepris nobilis, Syzgium guineense, Aphloia theiformis, Dasylepis integra, Flacourtia indica and Psychotria goetzei. Shrub species include: Chassalia discolour, Dodonea viscosa, Dracaena afromontana, Erica benguelensis, Grewia similis, Gymnanthemum myrianthum, Lijndenia procteri, Lobelia giberroa, Memecylon deminutum and Pavetta abyssinica. Other plants include: Toddalia asiatica (climber), Landolphia kirkii (climber) and Cyathea manniana (fern).
Animals include bush-pig, black and white Colobus monkeys, rabbits, antelope sand squirrels whereas; reptiles include chameleons, lizards and snakes. The forest also has varieties of birds species including owls, swifts, Caprimulgus guttifer (Usambara nightjar) Bubo vosseleri (Usambara eagle owl), Neocossyehus poensis (White tailed ant-thrush), Turdus pelios (African thrush), Turdus roehli (Usambara thrush), Sheppardia Montana (Usambara akalat), Nectarinia usambaricus (Usambara sunbird), Ploceus melanogaster (Black billed weaver) and Pachyphates supperciliosus (Compact weaver) and a number of insects such as butterflies, ants, beetles, millipedes and centipede species.
Visitors can experience the flora and fauna of the reserve through sights seeing, walking and hiking through beautiful mountain forest.
Various attractive sites for ecotourism are found within and outside the reserve and these include historical/cultural and natural sites such as viewpoints (Jiwe la Mungu, Kigulu Hakwewa Kwehondo and Skyline ), Old German cave, Sungwi waterfalls, Mkussu waterfalls, Hambalawei, Kibohelo and Grewal dams and Old Grewal saw mill.