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Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Forgotten Rainforest
Lush rainforest with endemic species, useful stopover on southern Tanzania Safaris and rainforest hiking.

BEST FOR

trekking

HIKING

Lush rainforest with endemic species, useful stopover on southern Tanzania Safaris and rainforest hiking.
Our Rating of Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Remoteness 65% 65%
  • Family 45% 45%
  • Animal Viewing 60% 60%
  • Landscape 80% 80%
  • Flora 100% 100%
  • Birding 95% 95%

Our Rating Of Udzungwa Mountains National Park

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Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Lush rainforest with endemic species, useful stopover on southern Tanzania Safaris and rainforest hiking.

BEST FOR

trekking

HIKING

Forgotten Rainforest

  • Remoteness 65% 65%
  • Family 45% 45%
  • Animal Viewing 60% 60%
  • Landscape 80% 80%
  • Flora 100% 100%
  • Birding 95% 95%

Our Rating Of Udzungwa Mountains National Park

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Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Together Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa Mountains National Park are two small gems of the Southern safari circuit.

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Beneath towering trees alive with spongy fungi, golden slants of sunlight and tumbling waterfalls you can discover a world straight from the pages of a primeval mythology book. There is a strange and enchanting aura in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park as delicate flowers burst to life, primates scream from trees and the landscape glows with a myriad of green and blue hues.

The mountain ranges that stretch over this piece of pristine paradise have gained it the reputation as being the Galapagos Islands of Africa. It is called this because of the tropical abundance of flora and fauna that populate the crystalline mountains whose history spans back to ancient times. Rainbow colored butterflies dance in the air, lizards pitter patter across the mossy ground and tremendous exotic flowers drip their sweet scent into the atmosphere.

For travelers who have had their fill of big game spotting this environment allows you a parallel viewpoint of Africa’s diverse landscape, from lush thick tropical forests damp with rain to dry woodlands bathed in hazy sunlight, this is a side of Tanzania that simply can’t be overlooked. That’s not to say that big game isn’t on offer as this is the location that has it all, you can still spot tall and proud eland antelope, elephants, lions and wild dogs. The highlight of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park is catching a glimpse of the two main native primate species; the Sanje crested mangabey and the Iringa red colobus.

Streams and waterfalls cut through the thick forest vegetation. Brooding and primeval, the forests of Udzungwa seem positively enchanted: a verdant refuge of sunshine-dappled glades enclosed by 30-metre high trees, their buttresses layered with fungi, lichens, mosses and ferns.

The intriguing aspect of The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is that the great forest has yet to reveal all its treasures: ongoing scientific exploration is expected to reveal further flora and fauna to be explored by avid hikers.

Our Top Tips For Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Sanje Waterfall short half day trail.
  • Mwanihana Trail: a challenging two night hike to spectacular viewpoints.
  • Combine with nearby Mikumi or en route to Ruaha National Parks.
  • Closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 metres to above 2,000 metres without interruption
  • Spot the Sanje crested Mangabey, one of the world’s endangered primates

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Flora & Fauna In Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Among the larger attractions at Udzungwa Mountains National Park are 10 species of primate, three of which are endemic: the Uhehe (aka Iringa) red colobus, the Matunda galago, and the Sanje crested Mangabey. The Angabey is amongst the world’s 25 most threatened primates. With a day to explore slowly, you’ll usually see the red colobus, along with the black and white Angola colobus. Blue and vervet monkeys and yellow baboons are also common.

More than 400 species of birds live in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, including many regional endemics like the Udzungwa forest partridge, which was new to science in 1991. Common species include the readily-located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc endemics.

A quarter of the plants here are endemic, including some Saitpaulia species, closely related to African violets. There are also endemic amphibians, reptiles, and butterflies. With more scientific research, further new species are bound to be discovered.

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Location Of Udzungwa Mountains National Park

The Udzungwa Mountains lie in the midst of the Tanzanian Southern safari circuit and are very accessible by surfaced road from Dar es Salaam. The Mountains are located just East of the city alongside the Mikumi National Park and the Selous Game Reserve to the South.

Safaris to Mikumi and the Udzungwa Mountains usually start from Dar es Salaam and your point of entry for the country is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

Mikumi and the Udzungwa Mountains are about a 4 hour drive away from Dar es Salaam and can easily be visited in solitude, especially as a weekend get-away. It is also possible to book a chartered flight from Arusha, Dar es Salaam or Selous and fly directly to the Mikumi National Park airstrip.

The best time of year for getting to Udzungwa Mountains is from late June to October (the dry season). At this time vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water resources at Mikumi National Park, and the mountains are more easily accessed as they can be slippery in the rains. However, rain can be expected at any time in the mountains.

Fun Facts About Udzungwa Mountains National Park

 

 Total Land Area

Elevation above sea level

Nearest Major City & Airport

When To Visit

1900 sq km About the same size as Mauritius

250-2600m

About 310 stacked giraffes

DAR
About 367 km East
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 

 

Fun Facts About Udzungwa Mountains National Park

 Total Land Area

1900 sq km About the same size as Mauritius

 

Elevation above sea level

250-2600m

About 310 stacked giraffes

Nearest Major City & Airport

DAR
About 367 km East

When To Visit

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 

 

Safaris In Udzungwa Mountains National Park

This is usually in a large vehicle with space for up to 8 guests.

  • Can decrease prices a lot especially for groups less than 3.
  • Great opportunity to meet other people from around the world.
  • You have separate rooms but the benefit of good company during transfers and meals.

View Shared Safaris

This is a private vehicle allowing you complete freedom.

  • You can decide on when you want to start & end your safari day.
  • Complete freedom – stop when & for how long you want.
  • Recommended for specialist photographers, honeymooners and families

View Private Safaris

Safaris In Udzungwa Mountains National Park

This is usually in a large vehicle with space for up to 8 guests.

  • Can decrease prices a lot especially for groups less than 3.
  • Great opportunity to meet other people from around the world.
  • You have separate rooms but the benefit of good company during transfers and meals.

View Shared Safaris

This is a private vehicle allowing you complete freedom.

  • You can decide on when you want to start & end your safari day.
  • Complete freedom – stop when & for how long you want.
  • Recommended for specialist photographers, honeymooners and families

View Private Safaris

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