Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your Tanzania safari and visit the tranquil Mufindi Highlands. This peaceful retreat in the southern highlands offers you a much-needed break from the heat and dust of the safari route. The Mufindi Highlands are home to tea plantations, wild flowers and cool mountain air. Take a deep breath and relax in this picturesque and tranquil destination.
In Mufindi you are off the beaten track and that means you have time to enjoy the beautiful nature. This area has volcanic mountains, grassland, some forests, lakes and winding country lanes, tea and timber plantations and beautiful natural rainforest. Explore the area during the day and relax in the evening with a cosy open fire in a lodge.
Animals in Mufindi Highlands
Mufindi’s rainforest is home to monkeys and plenty of birdlife. Among the region’s specials is Livingstone’s turaco, a handsome blue-and-green feathery friend named after David Livingstone’s brother Charles. This species is hard to miss, due to its strident tones!
Things to do in Mufindi
There are various activities that you can enjoy in Mufindi Highlands. Horse riding trails offer a great way to explore the area on horseback with an experienced guide. Mountain biking is also a great way to explore the area. Fly fishing is possible, although rainbow trout stocks vary according to the season. Kayaking in the clear lakes is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Visits to tea plantations and a local village are also possible, even golf can be played here!
Travel time to Mufindi Highlands
Ruaha – Mufindi: 4 hrs drive
Selous – Mufindi: best to fly
Iringa – Mufindi: 2,5 hrs drive
Kitulo – Mufindi: 4,5 hrs drive
Travel Tips from our experts about Mufindi Highlands
This region is famed for two industries – timber and tea. In 1986 a working farm was developed from a parcel of land purchased by the Fox family. Over time the farm evolved into Mufindi Highland Lodge, effectively opening the area to tourism.
Best time to visit Mufindi Highlands
The Mufindi highlands can be visited all year round. The dry season lasts from May to November, followed by small rain until February and big rain until April. Warm clothing is recommended for the cool mornings and evenings, especially in the peak of winter (July).
Information and facts
In Mufindi you are off the beaten track and you have time to enjoy the beautiful nature. Volcanic mountains, grassland, rainforest, lakes and tea and timber plantations offer you a break from the heat and dust of the safari route. Take a deep breath and relax in this picturesque and tranquil destination.
Most common things to see
- tea and timber plantations
- natural rainforest
Facts about Mufindi Highlands
- located near the town of Iringa (about 100km)
- between the Ruaha and Nyerere (Selous) national parks
- Kitulo Plateau National Park in the south
- at an altitude of 1,830 m
Mufindi Highlands highlights
- crisp mountain air and beautiful views
- wild flowers
- bird watching
- outdoor activities
- local attractions to visit