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How to Reach Usambara

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There is only one tarmac road into the Usambara Mountains, and this is the one that wends from Mombo to the small waterfall-focused town of Soni, and along a wonderfully lush and picturesque river valley to Lushoto, the centre of west Usambara mountains. This extraordinary District is tucked high in the hills, with a surprising local and colonial history. The District has an aura of sublime natural beauty, with deep valleys and rushing mountain streams at the foot of steep terraced hillsides that rise up to meet the misty morning. In their dense thicket an abundance of plant species has earned this often overlooked hidden corner of Tanzania a name as ‘the Galapagos of the plant world’. We would recommend you sit the left side seats on your bus when heading to Usambara, the moment your bus start ascending Usambara mountains at Mombo minor-settlement you’ll be able to view the stunning vistas of Usambara, some gorgeous cliffs, scary-steep drops and waterfalls its real marvelous and amazing.


LOCATION

DISTANCE

DRIVING HOURS

TRANSPORT TYPE

PRICE/FARE

Dar es Salaam to Lushoto

345km

6hrs

Bus

Tsh 15,000 = USD 7

DAR Airport to Ubungo bus terminal

14km

1.5hr (traffic)

Taxi

Tsh 50,000 = USD 24

DAR Airport to Lushoto

359km

5hrs

Private transfer

Tsh 500,000 = USD 250

Arusha to Lushoto

350km

6hrs

Bus

Tsh 15,000 = USD 7

JRO Airport to Moshi

45km

45min

Shuttle/Taxi

Tsh 100,000 = USD 50

JRO Airport to Lushoto

305km

4hrs

Private transfer

Tsh 500,000 = USD 250

Moshi to Lushoto

260km

4hrs

Bus

Tsh 15,000 = USD 7

Mombo to Lushoto

32km

45min

Bus/Daladala

Tsh 3,000 = USD 1.5


NB: The fare price may change anytime without our notice however we’ll try to update them frequently. Taxi and Car transfer remains negotiable may rise or decrease depending with negotiations.

DAR ES SALAAM BUSES TO LUSHOTO
Shambarai express
Maning Nice
Burudani Tosha

ARUSHA / MOSHI BUSES TO LUSHOTO
Chakito Long way
Fasaha
Mwambao Line

MOMBO DROPOFF
Whatever direction you’re traveling from whether from Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Tanga, Arusha and Moshi Mombo is the junction to great Usambara mountains/Lushoto. You’re to drop-off at Mombo and ask for the queuing Daladala sometimes called Noah positioned just behind few shops available from highway.
For more information regarding transportation to Usambara visit our pages on – Classified Categories > Services > Bus/Car Services



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