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Introducing Lushoto

This leafy highland town is nestled in a fertile valley at about 1200m, surrounded by pines and eucalyptus mixed with banana plants and other tropical foliage. It’s the centre of the western Usambaras and makes an ideal base for hikes into the surrounding hills.

Lushoto is also the heartland of the Wasambaa people (the name ‘Usambara’ is a corruption of Wasambaa or Washambala, meaning ‘scattered’) and local culture is strong. Unlike in Muheza and other parts of Tanga region closer to the coast, where Swahili is used almost exclusively, the local Sambaa is the language of choice for most residents.