|Irente Biodiversity Reserve (former Irente Farm) is situated in the western Usambara Mountains, 5 km from Lushoto.
It belongs to the north-eastern diocese of the Lutheran church in Tanzania. On the property there is an orphanage (Irente children’s home), a school for the blind (Irente school for the blind), and Rainbow school (a school for mentally retarded and autistic children).
|The farm is 200 ha with plantations of pines, eucalyptus, wattle and silver oak, interspersed with pastures and plots of maize and beans. There is a dairy herd, which supplies milk to a small-scale cheese, butter and quark production. Goat cheese is also produced. In addition rye bread, an assortment of jams and juices bring an income.|
|The farm has a policy of biodiversity restoration that is to replant the rainforest that once existed here.|
|The climate is mild since the farm lies at 1400 m with a rainfall between 1000 and 1200 mm.
|The Irente viewpoint with a view over the Masaai Steppe is only 2 km away.|