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Udzugwa MountainsUdzugwa Mountains

The Udzungwa Mountains National Park houses the endemic species of the southern Tanzania and access to the Ifakara area and the Kilombero Flood plains with its own rarities and specialities.

It has the greatest altitudinal range of forests in East African region. The escarpment on the eastern territory is the only place in East Africa that has unbroken forest cover starting from 250 meters above sea level, through intermediate types, to mountain regions located at an altitude of 2,000 meters.

Forest rich in forest: the plant species that are found in Udzungwa are not found anywhere else in the world.  

Large number of primate fauna: The park in total accommodates six primate species. Two of them -- the Iringa red colobus monkey and Sanje Crested Mangabey -- are endemic to this region, discovered in 1979

Diverse mammal concentration: The plateaus is a prominent accommodating place for resident populations of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, sable antelope, eland, and waterbuck. The plateau also accommodates a rich small bovid community and fair number of red, blue and abbot duikers and bushbucks can be seen here.

Richest forest bird habitat in Tanzania with several endemics. Recent studies have added several new species the park's bird list (including a new species of francolin.) This gives the Udzungwa forests a ranking in the top three areas important for bird conservation in mainland Africa.

Spectacular mountain scenery with rainforest, wooded grasslands, rock faces, rivers and waterfalls: The falls on the Sanje River drop some 170m through the forest to the valley below. The mountain plateau allows views of over 100km.

Forest Wonderland
The park is situated in the south-central Tanzania in the Iringa and Morogoro regions. The Great Ruaha River borders with the park from the northern side, and the Mikumi-Ifakara road from the eastern side. Covering an area of 1,900 sq km, the headquarters is located at Mang’ula which is 60 km from Mikumi.

The biologically diversity and the unique forest that accommodate endemic plant species not found anywhere else in the world are the major attraction of this park. The endemic botanical species range from tiny African violets to 30 meters tall giant trees..Besides the six primate species, the plateau is home to populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hunting dog, and several hundreds of bird species

To accommodate tourists coming into the park, there are two modest yet comfortable lodges which are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. Also some camping areas have been established inside the park.