Today you will visit Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is 1990 km2 in size and has various habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo forest, grassland and steppe. There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species and 6 primate species.
Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers as the park has no paved roads and is only accessible on foot. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day hike to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 meters through a misty fog into the wooded valley below.
Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for its rich bird life, which includes more than 400 species. Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including the partridge, first discovered in 1991, which is more closely related to an Asian species than to any other African bird.
Of six registered primate species, the red Iringa colobus and Sanje Crested mangabey are found nowhere else in the world – the latter remained remarkably undiscovered by biologists before 1979.