+255 769 488 488 info@safaribase.co.tz
+255 769 488 488 info@safaribase.co.tz

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a beautiful wooded park and the habitat of various monkeys, including the rare Iringa Red colobus and the Sanje crested manga bush.
Because of the villages, markets and plantations, this is a pleasant change when combined with other safari areas.

Udzungwa (also known as the Eastern Arc Mountains) is the largest and most bio-diverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise from eastern Tanzania. It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 meters (820 feet) to above 2,000 meters (6,560ft) without interruption.

Udzungwa is respectively famous for hikers rather than sightseers. The popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 meters (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below is one of Udzungwa’s many forest trails. The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic views over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak, the second-highest point in the range.

Udzungwa also attracts a number of researchers due to its 400+ bird species and rich plant biodiversity.


Hiking and waterfalls;

Right from the entrance of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, you can take impressive and instructive walks, a great area for hikers and lovers of pure nature.

Because the park has no roads and is accessible only by foot, everything in Udzungwa Mountains National Park revolves around hiking, trekking and mountaineering. You can take beautiful walks in the park, varying in time and difficulty: from one hour to multi-day and challenging tours, deep into the mountains.

The Udzungwa Mountains are a must for lovers of pure nature, birds, butterflies and dense forest. Along the way, the guide tells interesting stories about the (medicinal) use of trees and plants. 

The most popular hike is the 4 hour climb to the top of the breathtaking Sanje waterfalls (170 m). Swimming in the waterfall plunge pools is allowed. 

Animals in the area

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is home to the largest population of rare monkey species plus many bird species around the Kilombero valley. Common animals include the Mangabey monkey and the hornbill.

Accommodations in Udzungwa Mountains National Park are simple, but charming lodges on the edge of the park. 

The Hondo Hondo lodge offers fantastic views towards the fresh green wooded slopes of the park and is a good start to spot rare monkeys while walking.


Activities can be; 

Hiking and waterfalls

Village walk

Mountain biking