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Communtiy Based Rural Tourism


Community Based Rural Tourism Development Project is initiated in Lushoto district Tanga region in partnership between The Network of Small-scale Farmers Groups in Tanzania (MVIWATA) with Collaboration with Friends of Usambara Society financially got assistance from Agriterra organization based in Netherlands.
Rural Tourism project is implemented in Kwekanga and Kwalei villages in Lushoto district where the project aims at enabling the farmers to start cultural/agricultural tourism project and become a source of income to the local community
Friends of is promoting the two initiative to achieve their objectives
• To contribute substantially to rural and economic development (income and employment), poverty alleviation and quality life of farmer communities in the villages of Kwalei and Kwekanga.
• To establish a viable and lucrative tourism business in four to five years that can run on its own without financial support of outsiders.
• To deliver a quality tourism product providing an authentic rural experience catered by farmers.
• To offer a new and innovative tourism product in the Usambara mountains and in Tanzania in general.
• ATo offer a unique possibility for cross cultural exchange between the tourist and Tanzania farmer culture.

Preservation of culture and environment



Time: ca 6 hours
Description: This tour leads through Kwekanga, up to Kuze Mountain, offering some interesting interactions along the way. The tour includes: a visit to the devil huts and the traditional healers; the sugar cane press that is used to produce the local “Boha” beer, which can be tasted in the “Bandi Boha” bar; and the opportunity to watch traditional dancing. Furthermore the tour includes a nice lunch at one of the local houses.
Mtumbi mountain *
Time: ca 7 hours
Description: A walk to Mtumbi Mountain, the highest mountain of the Lushoto district. From here beautiful views can be enjoyed and when the weather is clear, Kilimanjaro Mountain can be seen.
Kijelwa viewpoint *
Time: ca 4 hours
Description: This walk leads to Kijelwa viewpoint, from where the visitor has a nice view over the Usambaras. The hike to Kijelwa is charming and passes interesting rural settlements. Kijelwa viewpoint is a very interesting spiritual place. A local inhabitant will share his supernatural stories with the visitors.
Kuze viewpoint *
Time: ca 3 hours
Description: Mountain Kuze is a spiritual meeting point for the traditional healers in and around Kwekanga. Regularly these traditional healers come to the mountain top to heal sick people and make sacrifices for their gods. Furthermore mount Kuze offers a nice view over the surrounding villages and the Mkomazi plains.


Kwalei  tours
Day 1: Village tour
Time: ca 4 hours
Description: A walk around the village and the shambaas, including: a visit to the primary school; the opportunity to drink a cup of tea at one of the villager’s home; watch a traditional healing dance; a visit to the local corn-grinding machine; a look inside a house where women are cooking local dishes; see the boha-beer machine and visit a local bar for a drink. During this tour the guide will explain more about the local agro-farming and the village life. The tour ends with a nice lunch at one of the farmer’s house in your choice can participate in preparing the local dishes with family.

 Day 2:Tea plantation tour
Time: ca 4 hours

Description: A scenic walk through the local farmer fields and a nearby tea plantation. A visit to the tea factory is a possibility but a request in advance is necessary. The walk leads to Kianga view point, which gives a nice view over the eastern Usambara Mountains. Kianga Mountain used to be a place where people worshiped their Gods; nowadays it isstill an important place for the locals during celebrations such as Christmas and Easter.

 Day 3: Forest tour
Time: ca 4 hours

Description: A walk through the Baga forest where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen, including the Colubus monkeys (white and black). The tour can be extended to Kianga view point

 Description: Walk to the top of Kianga Mountain, a height of 2100 meters, and have a scenic view over the eastern Usambara Mountains and the tea plantations. Besides the beautiful view, Kianga Mountain is also used by the locals as a place for celebration, about which the guide will tell more at the location itself.

Day 4: End of the Program:
Price package for the above tour is $ 320 Per person more 4 pax $300 per person, the price include, accommodation at farmers home stay, Private transport to and fro to the Villages from Lushoto or Soni, Community Development fund CDF( based of achieving farmer goals and objectives, guides fee, Forest fees and food three meals a day served by the local farmers who are well trained.

 *(The mountain tours can be used as a first practice for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro


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Cell: +255 787 094 725
Tel: +255 27 266 0132


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