Uluguru Mountains & Culture

The Uluguru Mountains are found within Morogoro District (majority), Mvomero District and Morogoro Municipality – all within Morogoro Region. The main Uluguru Mountains is a ridge running approximately north-south and rising to 2,630 m altitude at their highest point. The greater Ulugurus area also includes a number of isolated massifs surrounding the main block – Kitulangh’alo, Dindili, Mkumgwe, Mindu and Nguru ya Ndege. On the main Uluguru range, 50 villages touch the forest boundary and over 151,000 people are found within the mountain area, often at increasing densities at higher altitudes up to the forest boundary.

The Uluguru range contains one Nature Reserve (formed of Uluguru North, Uluguru South and Bunduki Forest Reserves with a corridor across the Bunduki Gap) that is found in both Morogoro and Mvomero districts and Morogoro Municipality. In addition there are five Forest Reserves supporting Eastern Arc forest habitats within Morogoro District (Kasanga, Mkangala, Mlaliwila, Ngambaula, and Tongeni River). Within the same district, Eastern Arc forest is also found in five outlier mountain block reserves (Mkungwe, Nguru ya Ndege, Dindili, Kitulang'halo, Mindu). In total these reserves cover 35,700 ha. Within Mvomero District there is an additional two Forest Reserves are found on the main Uluguru ridge (Shikurufumi), which covers around 280 ha.

The vegetation of the Uluguru main ridge and the outlying blocks is extremely variable. It ranges from drier lowland coastal forest habitats, to transitional rainforests, to sub-montane, montane and upper montane forest types. It also includes an area of afromontane grasslands on the Lukwangule plateau. All these habitats are rich in endemic species and are all of high conservation priority.

Cultural Tours in the Uluguru Mountains

The Uluguru Mountains will give you chance to experience and enjoy the culture of the Waluguru people the indigenous people from the mountains, using natural attraction and cultural heritage of the mountain people to earn substantial income, which can be used as an effective tool for enhancing these communities economical well being and mountain natural environment conservation.

Choma Village Tour

Meet the Waluguru people of Choma village. And  experience their hospitality, tradition food and see their pot and mat making skills. You may even get a chance to share a cultural talk over lunch and waterfalls visit. Enjoy the picnic to the waterfalls

Choma Village & Culture

The Waluguru people are indigenous to Choma village. They are a matriarchal society. After marriage a man must move to his wife’s land, while matters concerning their children handled by the uncles. The Waluguru people are farmers producing vegetables such as cabbages, carrots lettuce, pumpkins, cassava, yams, beetroot and mchicha (a green vegetable). They also grow fruits, including mangos, bananas, strawberry, blackberry, raspberries, jack fruit and soursop and other products such as corn/maize and beans. The Waluguru have a rich culture, and come together to celebrate weddings and special occasion like kunema mwali (when young girls become women).

Transport: Walking – steep terrain.

Duration: 6 hours return trip, excluding stopping and any activities.

Lupanga Peak

Visit the second highest peak of the Uluguru mountains about 2150m above the sea level, enjoy nature while walking on the way with the nice views, a beautiful seasonal water fall, colorful butterflies, black and white Columbus monkeys, birds, endemic flowers, two and three horn chameleons and a lot of endemic plants and grasses.

Morning Side tour

The tour starts from the Morogoro town via Towelo and Ruvuma village and walk to morning side, Old German Settlement. On the way back enjoy the beautiful scenery over the farming land and the view of Morogoro town. Also pass through the ports and cooker maker

The Uluguru Mountains are found within Morogoro District (majority), Mvomero District and Morogoro Municipality – all within Morogoro Region. The main Uluguru Mountains is a ridge running approximately north-south and rising to 2,630 m altitude at their highest point. The greater Ulugurus area also includes a number of isolated massifs surrounding the main block – Kitulangh’alo, Dindili, Mkumgwe, Mindu and Nguru ya Ndege. On the main Uluguru range, 50 villages touch the forest boundary and over 151,000 people are found within the mountain area, often at increasing densities at higher altitudes up to the forest boundary.

The Uluguru range contains one Nature Reserve (formed of Uluguru North, Uluguru South and Bunduki Forest Reserves with a corridor across the Bunduki Gap) that is found in both Morogoro and Mvomero districts and Morogoro Municipality. In addition there are five Forest Reserves supporting Eastern Arc forest habitats within Morogoro District (Kasanga, Mkangala, Mlaliwila, Ngambaula, and Tongeni River). Within the same district, Eastern Arc forest is also found in five outlier mountain block reserves (Mkungwe, Nguru ya Ndege, Dindili, Kitulang'halo, Mindu). In total these reserves cover 35,700 ha. Within Mvomero District there is an additional two Forest Reserves are found on the main Uluguru ridge (Shikurufumi), which covers around 280 ha.

The vegetation of the Uluguru main ridge and the outlying blocks is extremely variable. It ranges from drier lowland coastal forest habitats, to transitional rainforests, to sub-montane, montane and upper montane forest types. It also includes an area of afromontane grasslands on the Lukwangule plateau. All these habitats are rich in endemic species and are all of high conservation priority.

Cultural Tours in the Uluguru Mountains

The Uluguru Mountains will give you chance to experience and enjoy the culture of the Waluguru people the indigenous people from the mountains, using natural attraction and cultural heritage of the mountain people to earn substantial income, which can be used as an effective tool for enhancing these communities economical well being and mountain natural environment conservation.

Choma Village Tour

Meet the Waluguru people of Choma village. And  experience their hospitality, tradition food and see their pot and mat making skills. You may even get a chance to share a cultural talk over lunch and waterfalls visit. Enjoy the picnic to the waterfalls

Choma Village & Culture

The Waluguru people are indigenous to Choma village. They are a matriarchal society. After marriage a man must move to his wife’s land, while matters concerning their children handled by the uncles. The Waluguru people are farmers producing vegetables such as cabbages, carrots lettuce, pumpkins, cassava, yams, beetroot and mchicha (a green vegetable). They also grow fruits, including mangos, bananas, strawberry, blackberry, raspberries, jack fruit and soursop and other products such as corn/maize and beans. The Waluguru have a rich culture, and come together to celebrate weddings and special occasion like kunema mwali (when young girls become women).

Transport: Walking – steep terrain.

Duration: 6 hours return trip, excluding stopping and any activities.

Lupanga Peak

Visit the second highest peak of the Uluguru mountains about 2150m above the sea level, enjoy nature while walking on the way with the nice views, a beautiful seasonal water fall, colorful butterflies, black and white Columbus monkeys, birds, endemic flowers, two and three horn chameleons and a lot of endemic plants and grasses.

Morning Side tour

The tour starts from the Morogoro town via Towelo and Ruvuma village and walk to morning side, Old German Settlement. On the way back enjoy the beautiful scenery over the farming land and the view of Morogoro town. Also pass through the ports and cooker maker