The Luhombero Peak, by merit, is the highest peak of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park which lies in central Tanzania, a narrow ridge in a little opening amidst the rain forest. It’s one among the mountain’s many hiking sites, accessible through most of the longer paths.

 

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Hike to it from the park’s outskirts, whether for the sake of getting closer to nature or for the spectacular views it offers. It provides the opportunity to go on a three- to five-day walking safari with the option of seeing wild animals and unique plant species along the way.

The Luhombero peak trail taskes the main Luhombero path (via Lualla), and takes a detour back along the same route as far as Lualla. Hikers can either return on the same way or head north to Chavemba mountain, then cut west across the forest to ‘Chui’ using ancient Frontier research paths. This trail’s exact course is still being investigated. The Luhombero peak region is beautiful in and of itself, and it might be part of a three- to four-day circle trek that starts at Chui camp. If this path is to be expanded north and east to investigate the high land of the Ndundulu Mts. and maybe connect with the Mbatwa trail, more studies are required.

Best time to visit Luhombero Peak?

You can visit the Luhombero Peak in Udzungwa any time of year, apart from the wet months of March to June which are not favourable.

Luhombero Peak’s location

The Ng’ung’umbi swamp, which separates it from the northern routes, is located on the western edge of Udzungwa Mountains National Park; nonetheless, it is more readily accessed by trails from the remainder of the park, with the shortest being the one from Udekwa village.

How to get there

Hiking from the park’s outskirts, which may be done from the west, south, east, or north if you can pass the Ng’ung’umbi swamp.

There are airports in the vicinity around the park, the largest of which being Nduli in Iringa, however, you would still need to travel by car to get there.

The same is true for passenger trains and buses.

The TAZARA train runs once a week from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi, passing through Selous wildlife reserve on both the eastern and southern boundaries. An alternative route to the park that is more picturesque.

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