Udzugwa Mountains National Park
UDZUGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
One of Tanzania’s newest national parks, Udzungwa mountain national park is of particular interest for is 10 or so species of primates among which are the rare Iringa red colobus and the Sanje crested taxa mangabey as well as the bizarre giant elephant shrew and numerous localized birds. Like the Usambaras in the north the udzungwa’s relative isolation and constant climate over millions of years has given rise to a range of endemic flora and fauna sometimes dubbed the African Galapagos. It also indicates the paucity of research that took place there until the 1990?s Despite its carrying altitude (200m -2,500m) the forest cover is almost continuous, forming one of the world’s key biodiversity hot spots an added extra for the adventurous visitor.
Six hours (350 km/215 miles) from Dar es Salaam; 65 kms (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi Village.
How to get there:
Drive from Dar es Salaam or Mikumi National Park.
What to do:
From a two-hour hike to the waterfall to camping safaris. Combine with nearby Mikumi National Park, or en route to Ruaha National Park.
When to go:
Possible year around although slippery during the rainy season. The dry season is June to October before the short rains, but be prepared for rain anytime.
- Udzungwa Forest Lodge
- Twiga Hotel