Udzungwa Mountains National Park

One of the best national parks located in Tanzania is Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Sized by 1,990 km squares, it includes a lot of national habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, steppe. and grassland. 

 

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is considered one of the most kept gems you can include while being on a Tanzania Safari. 

All You Need to Know About Udzungwa National Park

 

Location 

 

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is five hours (350 km/215 miles) from Dar es Salaam; 65 kms (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi.

 

Climate & Best Time to Visit

 

The best time to visit the park is during the dry season which lasts from the cooler June to the warmer October. 

 

Udzungwa Mountains National Park also has a rainy season. The rainy season takes place from March to May. The precipitation can make the roads quite slippery. 

 

During the rainy season is when visitors can spot the many delightful butterflies thriving within the park. Due to the effects of heavy rainfall on the woodland, your activities may be influenced. 

 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation within the park is only possible for camping basis as there are no lodges within the park borders, there is also a couple of guesthouses nearby providing a convenient budget option.

Flora and Fauna 

 

The park’s biodiversity is one of the most special features of Tanzania. . It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa. Udzungwa Mountains National Park has 2500 plant species and 6 primate species and more than 400 bird species. 

 

There were six unique species found in Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The Iringa red colobus and Sanje crested mangabey are only found in this park. 

 

Mammals in the park include leopards, elephants, bush bucks, duikers, palm civets, Miombo genets, elephant shrews and hyenas. 

 

Over 400 of bird species can be found in the park. Some of them are endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains and four of them are found only in Udzungwa. Some other common birds include  crowned eagles, malachite kingfishers, ruppell's vultures, marabous, woodland kingfishers, silvery cheeked hornbills and trumpeter hornbills.

Things to Do at Udzungwa Mountains National Park

 

1- Hiking 

 

The park is well known for its hiking activities, besides trekking, mountain climbing and forest walks. You can access the park only on your feet, giving you the chance to explore the mountain secrets and enjoy adventure. 

 

There you can enjoy the wildlife of the Udzungwa forest with the forest canopy shielding you from the sun heat. It is a great way to observe elephants, monkeys, birds, duikers and elephant shrews.  

 

2- Night at the Camp

 

Spend the night at the camp and enjoy music performances. The experience is truly atmospheric. With the support and encouragement of Hondo Hondo, a small group of farmers have formed a drumming group that performs a traditional “Ngoma,” meaning drum in KiSwahili. 

 

The group also performs at celebrations, the weddings and at the end of the harvest season. Some of the music performances are instrumental, whistles, percussion and some wind instruments with a very energetic rhythm. 

 

3- Local Activities

 

One of the local activities is cycling. Bring your own bike or rent a bike. There is a variety of bike sizes for all ages. Within the national park, there are no cycling trails, however, the valley provides a great deal of cycling terrain that is full of things to see.

 

You can combine other activities along with cycling such as rubber plantation, village tour. You can go with one of the guides to explore the local rural villages, and have a great chance for photography and interaction with the traditional Tanzanian life.

 

4- Overnight Adventure

 

Canoe down the Kilombero River, in a canoe bird, and hippo watching and exploring the real pleasures of remoteness. Located on the banks of the Kilombero River, 4 hours from the  Ifakara with the breathtaking Kilombero sunset and the river and dining in style.

Why Choose Us
  • Personalized Travel Services

    Whatever your travel dreams, together we can custom-design the perfect itinerary with highly personalized services just for you

  • We Speak Your Language

    A multilingual website offers content in 6 different languages English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German

  • Flexibility to Change

    We know how important it is for travellers to have the flexibility to change their itinerary due to some reasons or force majeure

  • Your Safety and Security

    A professional will accompany the guests to all of the places; they will never be left alone to fend for themselves

  • High Quality Service

    We do believe honestly that quality should come first and quantity would come later and our main objective focused on (Quality is our Top Priority)

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We offer Customer Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone and email for questions about our tours and services

  • Support Sustainable Tourism

    We are attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate future employment for local people

  • Secure Online Payment

    Our website is protected by the world′s most secure online payment system VeriSign Secure

  • Secure Website by MacAfee

    Memphis Tours website is a McAfee Secure site that helps keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud and spyware