Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Udzungwa Mountains National Park (Kidayi) – located 6 hours (338 km) west of the capital, this park is a hikers mecca, complete with breathtaking forests, waterfall and hiking trails. One of the most popular hikes is the half-day route to the 170-meter Sanje Waterfall, where kids can see monkeys, various birds and butterflies on the way through the forest. Mammals found in the park include elephants, leopards, bush bucks, duikers, palm civets, Miombo genets, elephant shrews and hyenas.
Bird watchers are also in for a treat as the park boasts with over 400 species of birds. Some of them are endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains and four of them are found only in Udzungwa. Other common birds include vultures, marabous, crowned eagles, malachite kingfishers, woodland kingfishers, silvery cheeked hornbills and trumpeter hornbills. Over 2500 species of plants have been discovered in the park of which 25% are endemic to the area.