USAMBARA MOUNTAINS

Historically the Usambara Mountains have been inhabited by the Bantu, Shambaa, and Maasai people who were a mix of agriculturalists and pastoralists. Situated in the north-east of Tanzania, with their wide vistas, cool climate, winding paths and picturesque villages, the Usambaras are one of Tanzania’s highlights. The Usambaras are a part of the ancient Eastern Arc chain of mountains which 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.

Human habitation in this area goes back to at least 1, 5 million years. Traces of these settlements, which are unique in world history, were found near Mambo and can still be seen today.

Usambara waterfall Tanzania
Usambara mountains Tanzania

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