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Udzungwa National Park

Udzungwa is the largest mountain chain rising vividly out of typical East African scrubland. It is a part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, known commonly as the African Galapagos for being one of the most biodiverse places on earth. A thick blanket of canopy forest covers the mountains making it unique in Tanzania. The canopy forest begins at 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level and ascends straight to over 2,000 metres (6,560 feet).

The national park includes Udzungwa, the largest of the mountain chains and a wide range of endemic plant and animal species.

With its excellent network of forest trails and panoramic views, Udzungwa is a heaven for hikers as it has several trails, ranging from a few hours stroll to several night treks. The most popular trail is a half-day hike to Sanje Waterfall, where waters fall 550 feet through a misty spray into a thickly forested valley.

Udzungwa boasts of a rich avian wealth embracing more than 400 species and attracts bird lovers from all over the world. The birds vary from the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole to a dozen enigmatic Eastern Arc endemics including four bird species which are found only in the park.

Six primate species have been recorded in the park, of which five are endemic including the Iringa red colobus and Sanje crested mangabey which are only found in Udzungwa.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

50%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

70%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

0%

When to go

Udzungwa Mountain National Park is open all year round for tourist. However, during the wet

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Udzungwa Mountain National Park is open all year round for tourist. However, during the wet seasons, the roads become very slippery. The best time is to visit during the dry season, from June to October just before short rains. However, be prepared as it can rain at any time.

Art & Culture

The Udzungwa national park includes Udzungwa, the largest of the mountain chains

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The Udzungwa national park includes Udzungwa, the largest of the mountain chains and a wide range of endemic plant and animal species. The park derives its name from word "Wadzungwa" which means “he people who live on the sides of the mountains t" in the Kihehe language  The vast areas of the Udzungwa Mountains are pristine, untouched and unharmed by the human still now as the local communities still believe in taboos and cultural beliefs.

Culinary

The culinary same of the region is more or less similar with the rest of

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The culinary same of the region is more or less similar with the rest of Tanzania. However, you can relish the local food at local houses and bars, where you can try mishkaki (barbecued meat on a skewer), chips mayai (a chip omelette) or traditional ugali (maize flour cooked with water and eaten with your hands).

How to go

Udzungwa Mountain National Park is located 65 km west of Mikumi National Park.

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Udzungwa Mountain National Park is located 65 km west of Mikumi National Park. It well connected by roadways and also train services are also available.

Roadways

This national park also lies in the same stretch of road as Mikumi and Ruaha National Park. It is around 5 hours drive away from Dar Es Salaam. You also take buses from Mikumi and Dar Es Salaam to reach the Udzungwa Mountain National Park.

Train

The nearest railway station to the park is Mang’ula station which is 30 minutes walk from the park headquarters. There is an ordinary train from Dar Es Salaam daily. However there are also express trains but the halt at Ifakara, which 50 km further south.

Activites

Below are listed some of the activities which you can do.

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Below are listed some of the activities which you can do, during your visit to Udzungwa Mountain National Park:

  • Hiking
  • Trekking to Sanje falls
  • Birds and Butterflies watching
  • Primate sighting

What to see?

Udzungwa Mountain National Park is mainly known endemic plants and animals.

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Udzungwa Mountain National Park is mainly known endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the elusive African violet. It is also home to six primate species including the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey, which are not found anywhere else in the world.

The park has also 400 aviary species some of which are endemic to Udzungwa only.

You can also spot elephant, buffalo, hippopotamus, lion and leopard occasionally at the park.

The Uniqueness of Udzungwa National Park

  • Udzungwa National Park has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa with 400 bird species, 2500 plant species of which 25% are endemic.
  • The park has no road and is only accessible by foot.
  • You can spot Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey, two indigenous species of primates in the park.

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