I've just about figured out what I want to do for my first visit to Tanzania this October but I am having trouble with one piece of the itinerary.
I want to spend 3 nights in the Usambaras between our 10 nights in the Northern circuit and 4 nights in the Pangani area. I'm fascinated by the whole area - East and West and am torn between staying in Lushoto or Mtae (at the Mambo Viewpoint EcoLodge) and using it as a base for day hikes or doing a short 2 or 3 day overnight hike. I want to experience the countryside, local villages, flora and fauna. I'm also interested in Amani.
It is not clear to me how to work it logistically. I will be coming from Arusha and going to Pangani afterwards.
My two main questions:
If you only have 3 nights is it better to stay in one place as a base or do a several day trek?
Is there a good, logistically realistic route to travel through the East and/or West Usambaras and end up in Pangani? I'm figuring that the answer to this question may determine where I visit in the Usambaras. I can afford to pay for private transportation if this works best.
Thank you for any advice or opinions you can offer