Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet. Udzungwa alone among the ancient ranges of the Eastern Arc has been accorded national park status.
It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 metres (820 feet) to above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) without interruption. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including a forest partridge first discovered in 1991 and more closely related to an Asian genus than to any other African fowl. Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey both occur nowhere else in the world – the latter, remarkably, remained undetected by biologists prior to 1979. Undoubtedly, this great forest has yet to reveal all its treasures: ongoing scientific exploration will surely add to its diverse catalogue of endemics
- Udzungwa Mountains National Park is the largest and most bio-diverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal area of eastern Tanzania.
- Udzungwa has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its collection of endemic plants and animals.
- Beautiful forest and waterfalls called Sanje Waterfalls.
- A well known paradise for hikers.
- Over 400 species of birds, some of which are endemic to Udzungwa only.
- Iringa Red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey both occur nowhere else in the world.
- Continuous Scientific exploration still going on.
- Very dense rain forest
- One of the world ten forests for Bird conservation in Africa.
WHEN TO GO
Tropical Rain Forest where temperatures range from 9 – 24 C.
Can be visited possibly all year round although it gets very slippery in the rains.
- Hiking/ trekking within the numerous trails set out within the forest.
- Trekking to Sanje Falls which plunges 170 metres (550 feet) into the forested valley below.
- Bird, butterflies and primate watching.
- Visit nearby Mikumi National Park.