Udzungwa Mountain National Park

 

With an area of 1,990 square kilometers the park is bordered to the eastern by Kilombero valley and Selous game reserve, Mikumi town to the north and the continuing Udzungwa Mountains to the south which makes the total range of 10,000 square kilometers.

The park is known for its waterfalls cascading down fromMwanihama peak which itself can be climbed in three days. Hiking to Udzungwa requires a high level of fitness as it is a very steep climb. The north western side has deciduous trees dominated by acacia while in eastern side of the park has evergreen moist forest of both lowland and montane forest.

Udzungwa forests provides shelter for a number of rare endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna including the two diurnal primate species that are found no where else in the world namely the Iringa and the Sanje mangabey colobus. A walking safari will take you through ordinary woodland, Miombo woodland then montane rain forest while giving you the chance to spot red, black and white colobus monkeys, different coloured butterflies and of course buffaloes, leopards and elephants. An armed ranger is required for walking safaris.

The Udzungwa National Park
A buffalo in the Udzungwa National Park
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