Tours to Udzungwa Mountains National Park will offer you a great opportunity to visit and see species that are only found in Udzungwa Mountain National Park
Day 1 – Pick up in Dar and transfer by road (visits to local craft centres and lunch along the way) to the village of Mang’ula, located at the foot of the mountains. Here you will make final preparations for your trek into the mountains. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls Campsite, where you will overnight, is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. This is the park’s most popular attraction, although it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers. Once at Sanje there will be time to explore the forest and waterfalls, and even go for a swim in one of the plunge pools. Bush babies can be heard calling through the night and there will be a night walking safari looking chameleons.
Day 2 – Wake up for sunrise, an incredible sight from the natural viewing platform amongst the waterfalls. After breakfast you will descend back down to the road and to the starting point of the Mwanihana Trail, which at 38km is currently the longest existing hike in the Udzungwas. This is also the only trail that exposes visitors to the closed canopy Montane forest and grassland habitats of the higher slopes. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger (there are elephants and buffalo in the forest!). Camp at a campsite idyllically situated next to a clear mountain stream.
Day 3 – Breakfast at sunrise before you begin the climb through the Montane forest to the 2150m Mwanihana Peak where the views across the Udzungwas are impressive on a clear day. Descend down to camp for a well deserved lunch. In the afternoon walk down to a camp near a river in a location favoured by high primate abundance.
Day 4 – After a leisurely breakfast there is a final short hike out of the forest and transfer back to Dar or continue on to your next safari location.
There are several optional add-ons to this safari: visit out Locations page for some inspiration. It may be possible to arrange a visit to the Baboon Research Project in Mikumi National Park, 1.5 hours from the Udzungwas, please contact us for further details. There is currently a project underway to add new hiking trails in the Udzungwas. We will keep our site updated.
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