|Size||1,990 km2 ( 770 mi2 )|
|Location||Five hours (350 km/215 miles) from Dar es Salaam; 65 kms (40 miles) southwest of Mikumi.|
|Getting There||Drive from Dar es Salaam or Mikumi National Park.|
Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most notably the delicate African violet. Among the ancient ranges of the Eastern Arc, Udzungwa alone has been accorded national park status. It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 metres (820 feet) to above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) without interruption.
Not a conventional game-viewing destination, Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metres (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa. Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey both occur nowhere else in the world.