Usambara Mountains

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The Usambara Mountains are located northwest of Dar es Salaam and East of Arusha, being part of an ancient necklace of mountains called the Eastern Arc

The Usambara's are a part of the ancient Eastern Arc chain which mountains stretch in a broken crescent from the Taita hills in southern Kenya down to Morogoro and the southern highlands. They are estimated to be at least 100 million years old and the rocks forming them may be as much as 600 million years old. The mountains are home to an exceptional assortment of plants and animals and represent one of the highest degrees of biodiversity on the continent.