On the edge of the forest live some lucky people who diverted a stream
trough their garden and managed to have clear running water, straight
from the forest.
We followed the “German road”, named after the Germans who lived in the
caves near by and used this road. Every now and then we stopped to get
some explanation about the huge forest trees or other interesting plants
we see. The natural forests of the Usambaras are known from the high
biodiversity and indeed a lot of different plants are showing us their
beauty. One of them, in Swahili called the Bumbe is a medical plant our
guide explained a bit giggling. When we asked a bit more it appeared it
was for men only and has a Viagra effect. People here knew it long
before Viagra existed.
Then we noticed the sound of water. We are at the Kideghe falls. Hidden
in the thick forest it shows up and we see the water falling from about
30 meter high, a nice place to take a rest with the songs of the birds
around. We were not the only ones interested in the falls. A whole
family of Colobus monkeys, beautiful black and white coloured hairy
animals were enjoying the water also.
After the falls the road follows a cliff with steep slopes on both
sides. It looks not very dangerous because both slopes are densely
grown. The landscape changes from thick forest into an unexpected
cultivated park-like scenery and back to thick forest again.
We take a rest on an open spot along the path which offers a wide view
over the mountains in the direction of Kenya and follow the track which
leads over a few peaks, up and down but steady over 2000 meter. At last
we see the Kideghe peak trough the trees and reach finally the rock. The
top of the rock is on the same level as the top of the trees and offers
some views through to the Indian ocean and Mlalo. Unfortunately the
outlook tower which was there has collapsed and only some old shelves
remain. One of us however climbed in a tree and from there he had a 360
degree view around. The forest ranger is planning to rebuild the tower
because more explorers can be expected.