Udzungwa Mountain National Park

Udzungwa is not a conventional game viewing destination but a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trail includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metre (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below. The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic view over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak the second highest point in the range. The park is heaven to primates and only national park in Tanzania having eleven primates species including Sanje Mangabey, Iringa Red Colobus, Matundu dwarf galago, Mountain dwarf galago and the recently discovered monkey Rungwecebus Kipunji. These five species are found no where else in the world except in the tropical rainforest of Udzungwa.

The park offer a number of spectacular waterfalls, including the biggest waterfall in national park system in Tanzania, the Sanje waterfall with three stages first with 170m, second with 30m, and the third 70m high. Other waterfalls include Prince Bernhard, Njokamoni, Mwaya, and Msolwa. Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for an avian wealth embracing more than 400 species, from the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc Endemics. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa including a Forest Partridge first discovered in 1991 and more closely related to an Asian Genus than to any other Africal fowl.

The park is located in Southern of Tanzania in Iringa region. 350km (215 miles) from Dar es Salaam, 65km (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi. It is only five hour drive from Dar es Salaam along the tarmac road. You can also charter flight from Dar es Salaam to near-by airstrips Msolwa and Kilombero Sugar Company.

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