Thank you for these amazing days at MamboViewPoint! We were immediately stunned by the beauty of MamboViewPoint. The view, the weather, the food, the hospitality, the hiking, all spectacular!! What an amazing delight to find you at the top of the mountain. We were very happy to stay in one of the most beautiful places of Tanzania.      
         
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MamboViewPoint Kideghe peak hike

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Suddenly we see a huge square rock with a small road around. The rock has a shallow side which makes a kind of cave for shelter or making a campfire. We reached the Kideghe peak, the second highest peak of the Usambara mountains at a altitude of 2228m!

Early in the morning we started at Mpanga, a small picturesque village on a steep slope near Mtae. We were lucky to see the sunrise over the northern mountains from the Usambaras. At Mpanga we picked up Juma, a tuff seventy plusser who should show us the road to the peak. He was a kind of surprised to see us there at that time because the ranger who accompanied us had forgotten to inform him. We waited until he arranged a woman to look after his goat before we continued in the direction of the Shagayu forest.
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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.

 
Check out the map with the route to the Kideghe peak
Check out the Shagayu photo album
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Walk to the Kideghe peak. (also known as Shagayu peak)

Altitude:           2228m
Distance:         7.8 Km via forest mountain foothtrails from 1700m up to 2228m
Walking time:   6 hours including rest. (one way)
                        Guide and porters: essential 
Options:           camping on the Kideghe peak (some flat area and toilet available)               
Tours:              organized by MamboViewPoint
 
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