Udzungwa Mountain National Park

Udzungwa Mountain National Park

Overview

Udzungwa Mountain National Park has a wide range of diverse endemic flora and fauna due to which it is known as the Galapagos Island of Africa.

Udzungwa is a part of the Eastern Arc Mountain range which extends from Taita Hills of Kenya to Udzungwa which is bordered by the Ruaha river on the north with Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve situated further to the north and east respectively.

World Wildlife Fund has recognized Udzungwa Mountain National Park an Ecoregion of Global Critical Importance and a World Biodiversity Hotspot.

Udzungwa Mountain National Park boasts of stunning mountains landscape, grasslands, rocks, rivers and waterfalls. Its major attraction is its biologically diverse forest, hosting a wide range of flora ranging from a tiny African violet to 30-metre high trees. You can also spot some plant species which are endemic to the park.

Apart from endemic plants species, it hosts 6 primate species of which 5 are endemic to the park including the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey. The park is also home to elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, African wild dogs, elands, waterbucks and sables.

It is one of the Top 10 birding destinations in Tanzania, with several bird species such as the Rufous-winged sunbird, the Udzungwa partridge, red-capped warbler and the dappled mountain forest robin.

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