Entering the primeval forest of Udzungwa Mountains National Park you find yourself in an enchanted world. The mountain is part of the Eastern Arc Mountains and it is unique within the country with its closed-canopy forest spanning altitudes of 250 meters to over 2,000 meters without interruption.
It has a varied wildlife but is not a conventional game viewing park as such. It lacks road infrastructure and instead attracts hikers who explore it on foot, guided by park rangers. An excellent network of forest trails include a two-night hike leading past the high plateau with its panoramic scenery, over surrounding sugar plantations and on to Mwanihana peak, the second highest point in the range. A less challenging, but popular, half-day walk will take you to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metres through a misty spray into the forested valley below.
There are six species of primates recorded, of which two exist nowhere else in the world - the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey. The latter was only discovered in 1979. Of the over 400 species of birds there is a peculiar Asian-related forest partridge that was first discovered in 1991.
What other treasures may be found over the years in this magical forest?