The Irente Viewpoint is located at the top of an 800 metres vertical drop, overlooking the Maasai plains, the village of Mazinde and craggy rugged cliffs. To get there through the rolling hills of Tanzania’s beautiful Usambara mountains is an experience to be lived.
Watching the farway cliffs in the warm glow of the setting sun, the pleasant sounds of inquisitive children from the villages of the Usambara, cool breezes, smoke billowing from chimneys of houses far away yonder on the neighbouring hills and some raucous tourists, yes, there are those types too, all of this amalgamates into a serene finale of a long weekend away from the hustle-bustle of the city of Dar es Salaam.
Lushoto is one of the eight districts of the Tanga region in Tanzania. Pleasant mountainous climate rendered it an attractive location for early German settlers in the region. It is also home to the Usambaras which represent the highest degree of biodiversity on the African subcontinent.
The Irente viewpoint is an hour to an hour and a half hike from Lushoto city but we decided to drive, considering the long strenuous hike to the waterfall earlier in the day and also the shopping we had planned to do at the Irente farm. This lovely establishment has a supply of goat cheeses as well as other cheese and delicious fruit conserves.
As you sit high up in the mountains, feeling yourself spirited away , with the locale inspiring and inscribing imaginative stories of mystic lands on your impressionable psyche, inquisitive children tugging at your binoculars, while you sit watching the sheer vertical drop that creates a knot in the belly, you feel pleasantly removed from your self watching the sun set over the Usambaras.