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Usambara Mountains

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Usambara Mountains
is an upland area which lies to the south-east of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Northeast.

These mountains are part of the Eastern Arc, an ancient range which runs from the Shimba Hills in Kenya down to the Udzungwa Mountains in southern Tanzania.

They are ecologically very important since they massively pre-date the more recent volcanic landscapes of this region and host a prodigious number of endemic species, leading them to be known as 'the Galapagos of Africa'.

The range is divide into two by the north-south Lwengera Valley. To the west, walking trails in the mountains are generally accessed from the historic village of Lushoto. To the east the Amani Nature Reserve contains some of the most bio-diverse rainforest in Africa.


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