Udzungwa Mountain National Park
This tropical mountain forest offers a unique ecosystem of its own - trapping and effectively recycling its rainful to maintain a lush forest landscape and rich soil. Its size is 1990km2.
Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a number of large forest-clad mountains that rise magnificently from the flat coastal undergrowth of eastern Tanzania. They are known collectively as the "Eastern Arc Mountains", and have been known to be called the African Galapagos due to the discovery of plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world. Perhaps most well known is the delicate African Violet plant.
As well as being home to about six types of primates, it is the only place you will find the Iringa Red Colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey (monkey). You will also find populations of Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Another primate is the lesser galago - also known as 'Bush Baby'. Its cries, being considered synonymous with that of a human baby could explain the reasoning behind its other name! These primates are considered 'cute' with their large eyes which are very useful for night vision as they are nocturnal creatures. In terms of bird life, you can find the Rufous Winged Sunbird and Udzungwa Partridge.
This area is accessible via Dar-Es-Salaam or Mikumi National Park but is not well known for game drives, more for hiking/walking safari, with camping and basic lodge accommodation. The Sanje waterfall is well worth a visit, following a network of beautiful, fresh forest trails. A visit here can perhaps be combined with a visit to Mikumi or on route to Ruaha National Park.
There is ongoing conservation and research in this wilderness environment, making it an unknown exporatory environment.