Udzungwa Mountain National Park
Harboring one of East Africa’s great forests, Udzungwa Mountain National Park has an area of 1,990 square kilometers. It is bordered by the Great Ruaha River to the North, with Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve located further to the North and East.
Protected as a national forest reserve until 1992, when it was commissioned as a national park, Udzungwa Mountains is undoubtedly one of the few untouched forested lands remaining in the world.
The attraction of this destination comes down to its biologically diverse forest, harboring some plant species found nowhere else in the world. These species vary in size from a tiny African violet to 30-meter high trees.
The park has spectacular mountain landscapes, grasslands, rocks, rivers, and waterfalls.
What You’ll See
Udzungwa is home to one of Africa’s largest, lushest forests, with gorgeous views of the mountains rising in the distance.
This park is also home to a large number of endemic animal species. One of the most interesting sights is the presence of two indigenous species of primates – the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey, which was discovered in 1979.
Apart from providing habitat to about six species of primates, the plateau contains populations of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, African hunting dogs and several forest bird species.
Walking safaris to the Sanje River waterfalls (170 meters) is one of the most popular activities in this park.
The Udzungwa Mountains can easily be combined with game drives in nearby Mikumi National Park, an hour’s drive to the North, or be included in the Ruaha National Park or Selous Game Reserve itineraries, which are a 4-5 hour drive.
The park can be visited throughout the year, although it is a bit slippery during the wet rainy season. The dry season, which is the most conducive for visitors, extends from June to October.
Source: Tanzania Tourist Board
Header Image Source: Tanzania Tourist Board