What Animals Are In Udzungwa Mountains National Park? Udzungwa mountains national park is located in the central region of Tanzania a and it was established as a national park in 1992 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands  who is known as the founder of world wide fund covering a total surface of about 1,990 square kilometers. Udzungwa mountains national park is a wildlife sanctuary, which is situated between Iringa and Morogoro regions within the eastern arc mountains, and it is found in about 60 kilometers from the south of Mikumi national park along the Mikumi ifakara road. More so, this national park is known to have been named after Wasungwa which is kihehe word  that means people who stay along the sides of the mountains and it is dominated by a good vegetation cover which consists of Miombo woodland, tropical rain forests, savannah grasslands, mountain forests which all act as good natural habitat to many wildlife species.

Wildlife in Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Udzungwa Mountains national park is a good destination where one can choose to travel to while on their adventurous safari in Tanzania because it is a home to large numbers of wildlife species which include; elephants, leopards, duikers, bushbucks, palm civets, buffalos, hunting dogs, lions, African wild dogs and some of the primate species such as; sanje mangabey, Iringa red colobus monkeys, crested mangabey monkeys and many others.


Udzungwa Mountains national park harbours around 400 bird species hence making it a favorite destination for bird lovers to visit due to the fact that they will be able to sight see at many birds like; marabou stork, green headed oriole, woodland king fisher, crowned eagle, ruppells vultures, silvery checked hornbill, crowned eagle, African hobby, white tailed cisticola, black and white shrike flycatcher, livingstone turaco, palm nut vulture, ulunguru violet backed sunbird, kilombero weaver, trumpeter hornbill, fork tailed drongo, grey cuckoo shrike, green backed woodpecker, dark baked weaver, retz helmet shrike among others.

Activities done in Udzungwa Mountains National park.

There are so many exciting activities that tourists exploring within Udzungwa Mountains National park can do as they gain and enjoy new experiences such as; game viewing, bird watching and many others which include the following below;


Hiking is one of the commonly done activity within Udzungwa mountains national park because there are no roads where tourists can go for game drives, therefore hiking is seen as the best option because there are various trails that individuals can go through. However, before the hiking tourists are always encouraged to arrive at the park headquarters where they are given short briefings about what rules to follow and how they should handle themselves. More so, they are assigned too with an armed park ranger whose role is to lead through different trails and ensure the safety of both individuals and the animals. In addition, some of the hiking trails include the following below;

  • Sonje waterfalls trail: this is the most popular trail and hiking to this trail always takes tourists about 4 hours and tourists are always granted chances to capture the classic views of the stunning 170 meters waterfall where they can go for swimming from the plunge pools and also see species like; monkeys along their way.

    What Animals Are In Udzungwa Mountains National Park?
    Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Sonjo waterfall trail: this is a good hiking trail which is short with a path which is not steep hence it only takes individuals about only 35 minutes to go through the pristine rain forest. More so, going through this hiking trail gives you chances to see birds, plant species and more primate species along their way.
  • Hidden valleys trail: this is considered as the longest hiking trail within the park and it takes individuals a full one day to be hike to this trail. In addition, during this trail, they always go through Moyer Rivers, Njokamoni river and the grassy valleys where they overlook at wildlife species like; buffalos, elephants among others.
  • More so, there are so many other hiking trails such as; Prince Bernhard’s waterfall which is famously known to have been named after Prince Bernhard of Netherlands, Mwanihana peek trail and to hike to this trail, tourists always begin from the Sonjo village and they are bale to pass through the grassy plateaus, bamboo forests, miombo woodlands, various habitats and Njonkamoni waterfalls trail which is about 6.5 meters among others.

Apart from the above mentioned activities, there are so many things that tourists can do while they tour around Udzungwa mountains national park such as; mountain climbing, cylcling, trekking, guided nature walks where individuals will walk around the park on foot while they get a good experience as they discover more of the mountain secrets and enjoy the adventure and they always accompanied with park guides and many others.

Contact our trusted tour operators for more information about what animals are there to see in Udzungwa Mountains national park and Book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global Safaris ho offer the best tour packages while on your safari in Tanzania.

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