Udzungwa National Park
UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK
Undzungwa is not like the other National Parks. The Udzungwa Mountains are almost supernatural and possess a remote, and exceptional natural beauty.
Everything is done on foot: armed rangers and certificated guides accompany visitors, who observe wildlife from another viewpoint. Furthermore, this represents a unique opportunity to observe the “Small Five”, the smaller, less noticed, but still enigmatic, animals of the savanna (called bushveld in South Africa). A safari in this Park is more like the expeditions of the early explorers than an organised tour safari. Longer safaris require porters and it has even more of the “feel” of those expeditions.
This large Park (1,990 km ²) is full of surprises: for instance, the Iringa Red Colobus, a new breed of monkey was discovered recently, bringing to ten the number of species of primates living in the Park. There is also a very rare bird, the Udzungwa Partridge also recently discovered and classified. There are superb views from shorter but quite hard day walks. The Park has many scientific research projects and is well monitored.
The best season is from June to October but the Park has a pleasant climate throughout the year, even though it can be warm and humid.
There are wooden boards stepped into parts of the most popular tracks but these can become slippery when it rains.
Easy access from Mikumi National Park off the Ifakara Road (60 km, of which 40 km are paved)
Like other southern Parks and Reserves, the entry point can be Dar es Salaam.
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