The Udzungwa Mountains are the highest mountains in the Eastern Arc, mountain range which stretches from Southern Kenya to South Tanzania, known as the “Galapogos of Africa”. The Eastern Arc makes up only 2% of the land area in Tanzania however has around 40% of the plant and animal species living in the country. This is a place of beautiful tropical rainforests and sparkling streams of crystal clear water where only walking is allowed. Udzungwa Mountains National Park is one of Tanzania’s newest National Parks and is often described as a “Primate Park” due to the several species of primate living in it’s forests. Most of them are endemic including the Sanje Crested Mangabey and the Iringa Red Colobus. It is relatively easy to see there black and white Colobus Monkeys, Iringa Red Colobus and Sykes’ Monkeys. There are also more than 400 bird species living in the Park and over 2500 plant species of which 25 percent are endemics. One of the park’s main attractions are Sanje Waterfalls. There are no roads passable by vehicle in Udzungwa Mountains so as all the other trails it is accessible only by foot. A relatively short hike of about 2 hours took me to the third stage of Sanje Falls. Although, informally referred to as the Sanje Waterfall, it is in fact a series of waterfalls that plunge over 300m in three seperate stages. The largest section, with a drop of 170m can be seen from the road below, and it is where I enjoyed spectacular view of the Kilombero Valley. I also took a refreshing bath in one of the pools of the waterfall. Straight after trekking I visited nearby village called Mangula. The effect of this visit as well as of Sanje Falls hiking you can see in the gallery above.
The Udzungwa Mountains, Sanje Waterfall and Mangula Village