Udzungwa National Park

Udzungwa National Park

The park can be accessed by road network from Dar es Salaam (380km) as well as Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya. From Mbeya the country is connected to the Neighboring countries of Malawi, Zambia and DRC whereas in Arusha the park can be connected to Kenya and Uganda. It can also be accessed by train from Dar es Salaam and Mbeya/Zambia - Kapirimposhi up to a small/local town of Mang'ula which is close to the main national park's gate. There are two airstripsMsolwa and Kilombero which can be used by tourist through air transport before they connect using hired vehicles to the park's main gate.

Map

Udzungwa National Park Map

Uniqueness of Park

  • Natural trails for hiking.
  • A magnificent view of a natural Tropical Rainforest with 2500 different plant communities/species of cultural, ecological, economical, historical, educational and medicinal values.
  • A number of waterfalls with the famous Sanje waterfalls being most conspicuous and the highest waterfalls (170m) in the national parks system in Tanzania.
  • A number of Reptiles and Amphibians with the endemic Udzungwa lizards (CnemaspisUdzungwae) and PhrynobatrachusUdzungwensis together with Endemic chameleons.
  • A variety of butterflies including the endemicCharaxesLucyaeMwanihanae, PapiliohornimaniiMwanihanae and Baliochilla Mwanihanae.
  • Natural springs on the upper stream of the catchment forest forming various permanent rivers (Lofia, Msosa, Mwaya, Mkula, Rumemo, Sonjo, Ruipato mention just a few) that flow and pour water to the famous Kilombero Valley.
  • Cultural and Historical sites comprising of the Mountain of God (Bokela), Nyumbanitu and Ndundulu mountains as well as Mwanaluvelecaves,which explain the lives of some of Southern Tanzanian tribes which once lived in the park.

Best Time to Visit

Possible all year round although slippery during rainy seasons. The dry season is June-October before the short rains however be prepared for rain anytime.

Dry Season

June - October

Wet Season

June - October

Rain Season

June - October

Getting There

  • Hiking to the waterfalls and forest
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photographing
  • Filming
  • Camping
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Picnicking

Wildlife

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%

Activities

  • Walking safaris
  • Forest walks
  • Game drive
  • Canoeing
  • Mt MeruTrekking
  • Cultural village tour

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