Udzungwa National Park

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is the tropical Rainforest Mountains in Tanzania. Udzungwa Mountain is the part of the Eastern Arc Mountains with a size of 1,990 sq km and was established as National Park in 1992. The highest peak of the mountain is 2576 meters above sea level (Rumemo peak).

There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species (25 percents are endemic) and six primate species have been recorded in this park. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa.

Six primate species have been recorded, five of which are endemic. The Iringa red colobus and Sanje crested mangabey are only found in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Its plateau contains populations of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, antelopes and several forest bird species.

Hiking and trekking is the popular Tourism activities in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, as the park has no roads and is accessible only on foot. The hiking trails range in difficulty from the short one-hour Sonjo trek to the extremely challenging 6-day camping trek the Lumemo Trail. The most common walk is the Sanje waterfalls trail which takes approximately four hours to complete and allows the visitor access to the stunning 170 m waterfall and includes swimming in the waterfall plunge pools as part of the activity.

Accommodation for visitors within the park is only possible on a camping basis. The park provides accommodation in Twiga hotel. There is one lodge and one tented camp near the park borders. Within the nearby village of Mang'ula there are also a couple of local guesthouses providing a budget option.

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