The Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tanzania

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is one of Tanzania’s most outstanding and exciting wilderness areas, with unique wildlife species inhabiting this range of forests. Udzungwa is a primate park and there are currently 12 species of primate, including two found nowhere else in the world (the Sanje Mangabey and the Iringa Red Colobus). Udzungwa is home to approximately 400 species of bird, many of which are endemic to the area. The park is treasured for the high level of biodiversity of birds and animals.


The biodiversity of this park is by far one of Tanzania’s most special features. Habitats include mountain forests, tropical rain forests, Miombo woodlands, grasslands, and steppe. The Udzungwa Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains which are found in Kenya and Tanzania and were formed some 200 million years ago. Today they hold a unique collection of flora and fauna and cover only 2% of Tanzania’s area but hold between 30-40% of the country’s plant and mammal species.

The vertical height of the Udzungwa forests ranges from 250 m to 2,576 m and with numerous forest trails, offering different kinds of activities, the park is a true hikers’ paradise. A half-day tour to Sanje waterfall at a towering 170 m is definitely worth doing.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

The park is also home to 6 species of primates, 2 of which (Iringa red colobus and the Sanje crested Mangabey) occur nowhere else in the world.
Mammals found in the park include elephants, leopards, bushbucks, duikers, palm civets, Miombo genets, elephant shrews, and hyenas.
Bird watchers are also in for a treat as the park boasts over 400 species of birds. Some of them are endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains and four of them are found only in Udzungwa. Other common birds include ruppells vultures, marabous, crowned eagles, malachite kingfishers, woodland kingfishers, silvery cheeked hornbills, and trumpeter hornbills.
Over 2500 species of plants have been discovered in the park of which 25% are endemic to the area.

Research is still ongoing and as this park is so secretive it isn’t yet know what else can be found here. Recently a new species of snakes were found in the park and it is claimed to be endemic.

Tours Udzungwa Mountains National Park