Mt Namuli, at a height of 2,419 metres, rises up from the hills around 15 kilometres northeast of Gurue. It is here that the Licungo and Malema Rivers run. The mountain makes for a picturesque, but rather challenging hike. The mountain is considered a sacred site by the local Makua folk, so while climbing is allowed, you will still need to take local traditions into consideration. Guides can be organised in Gurue, and the trek begins about 6 kilometres outside of Gurue near an old tea factory. The views seen during this route are spectacular, and most certainly worth the amount of effort put in. Approximately two-thirds of the way from the village is a spring where you can refill your water bottles. Just after the spring, the trek steepens with some crumbling rock areas where you’ll need to use your hands to make your way up. Once close to the summit, the path evens out and then slowly ascends for another 1.5 kilometres to the peak of the mountain. The top of Mt Namuli is frequently covered in clouds, so often the views you experience on your way up are the most rewarding.
Cascata is a popular destination for more lengthy hikes in through the northern town’s hills. It is around 45 minutes to reach theUP4 tea factory, from which you will trek for another hour and a half through overgrown tea plantations and forest to the falls. On the way, you will notice numerous detours that offer exquisite views of Gurue. You can even go for a swim in the pools above the falls.