4 Days Udzungwa Mountains Trekking

Udzungwa Mountains are the highest mountains in the Eastern Arc mountain range (a range of forest-clad mountains which stretches from Southern Kenya to South Tanzania, known as the 'Galapagos of Africa' due to the high degree of endemism). his is a place of beautiful forests and clear, sparkling streams where only walking is allowed.The Udzungwa Mountains are the largest block of the Eastern Arc with the range taking up over 10,000 square kilometers. About 3000 of these make up the national park.

The Udzungwas reach a maximum altitude of 2,576m at Luhomero Peak. The Udzungwa has the highest level of endemism in the Eastern Arc making it a Biodiversity Hotspot. It is possible to see up to 4 endemic species in just one day if you know where to look.

Dar-Udzungwa Mountains Sanje Waterfalls Campsite

Day 1. Pick up in Dar and transfer by road (visits to local craft centres and lunch along the way) to the village of Mang'ula, located at the foot of the mountains. Here you will make final preparations for your trek into the mountains. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls Campsite, where you will overnight, is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. This is the park's most popular attraction, although it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers. Once at Sanje there will be time to explore the forest and waterfalls, and even go for a swim in one of the plunge pools. Bushbabies can be heard calling through the night and there will be a night Walking safari looking for endemic chameleons.

Udzungwa Mountains Campsite (FB)

Day 2.Wake up for sunrise, an incredible sight from the natural viewing platform amongst the waterfalls. After breakfast you will descend back down to the road and to the starting point of the Mwanihana Trail, which at 38km is currently the longest existing hike in the Udzungwas. This is also the only trail that exposes visitors to the closed canopy montane forest and grassland habitats of the higher slopes. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger (there are elephants and buffalo in the forest!). Camp at an idyllically situated campsite, next to a clear mountain stream.

Udzungwa Mountains Campsite (FB)

Day 3. Breakfast at sunrise before you begin the climb through the montane forest to the 2150m Mwanihana Peak where the views across the Udzungwas are impressive on a clear day. Descend to camp for a well deserved lunch. In the afternoon walk down to a camp near a river in a location favoured by high primate abundance.

Udzungwa Mountains-Dar Es Salaam Departure

Day 4.After a leisurely breakfast there is a final short hike out of the forest and transfer back to Dar or continue on to your next safari location.

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