We spent 2 days in Arusha National Park, staying in this idyllic 100 year old farm house - which we had entirely to ourselves. From the back door we looked to the rocky peak of Mt Meru - the second highest mountain in Tanzania, and from the front steps we had a completely clear view
From there we drove south east through very hot, almost desert like plains before taking the winding road up into the Usambara mountains. Here we have enjoyed staying at over 5000 feet where the air is cool and fresh. We have had some wonderful, all day walks through the mountain villages and remaining natural rain forests, accompanied by helpful and knowledgeable local guides. I couldn't resist a cooling swim in the pool at the base of a 100 ft waterfall. Next stop Dar es salam for various bits of business and then to Zanzibar.