Udzungwa Mountain National Park
The Udzungwa Mountains are the almost unearthly. An enchanted forest of leafy glades, freckled with sunshine, where fungus, lichen, moss and ferns ingratiate themselves into every damp crevice. An excellent network of forest trails include the popular half day ramble to Sanje waterfalls, which plunges more than 170 metres through a misty spray into the forested valley below. A new variety of African violet was discovered in the shelter of 30m high tree. It is a hothouse , nurturing species found nowhere else on earth , a secret bank account of precious genetic stock. Of six types of primates, two are endemic-the Iringa Red colobus monkey and the Sanje –crested Mangabey not discovered until 1979. Four previous unknown bird species, including the Rufous-winged sunbird and a new species of the partridge-like francolin , make the this Tanzania’s richest forest bird habitat and among the three most important bird conservation areas in the continent.
Located south of Mikumi, about 350 km south west of Dar Es salaam, and about 60km (37 miles) south of Mikumi.
Walking and trekking safari, bird watching
Best time to visit
All the year round, although it can get slippery during rains.
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