Udzungwa rises from 250m to 2,576 m at the peak and is well known for its biologically diverse forest with approximately 20 – 30% out of 200 animals and plant species that grow here not found anywhere in the world.
Udzungwa is really beautiful place for hikers.
The major attraction of Udzungwa is bio-diversity and unique rain forest, where most rare plants are not found anywhere else in the world, have been identified, from a tiny African violet to 30 meter high trees.
There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species (25% of which are endemic and 6 primate species. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa.
Udzungwa plateau supports Iringa Red Colubus Monkey, Sanje Crested Mangabey Monkey, Buffalo, Yellow monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey, Red Duikers, Honey badgers, Squirrels, Mongoose, Sables and Blue Duiker’s as well rare species of birds.
Activities in Udzungwa:
Hiking safaris, bird watching safari, camping safari are the major activities, an excellent network in the forest trial through beautiful scenery, trials are maintained regularly. Also can visit local villages around and local Sugarcane farmers.
The most popular half day ramble to Sanje Water fall, which pledges 170 m through a misty spray in the forested below valley.
Dry Season in Udzungwa:
June – Mid November: Best time for hiking but be prepared for rain any time
December – February: Humid & Hot: Good time hiking.
Rainy Season in Udzungwa:
Mid November – Mid December: Short Rain : Slippery for hiking
April – May: Heavy rain: Slippery for hiking.
Getting to Udzungwa:
Road: 6 hours from Dar es salaam / 1 hr drive from Mikumi
Suggested Itineraries for Udzungwa : Minimum 3 Days / 2 Night Safari : Udzungwa can be combined with Ruaha, Mikumi, Saadani & Selous :Check for Itineraries
Accommodations in Udzungwa