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UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS TRAIL

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Mwanihana Trail

Day 1: to Mangula

Our Ata Travel driver guide will pick you up from your Dar es Salaam hotel in the morning after breakfast and drive you to Mangula. The drive will take you around 6 hours. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the campsite or have a village tour. Dinner and overnight at Hondo campsite or Hondo mud hut bandas.

Day 2:  to Sanje waterfall
In the morning after breakfast, walk to the park Headquarters. After briefing, transfer to the start of the Sanje Trail. Hike into the pristine Eastern Arc forest looking for endemic primates including the Sanje Crested Mangabey and the Iringa red Colobus. Arrive at the top of the 180m Sanje waterfall. Have the opportunity to relax at idyllic plunge pools and see endemic African violets growing in the spray zones. Enjoy a spectacular lunch; overlooking the Kilombero Valley, descend in the afternoon looking for primates and transfer to Hondo Campsite Hondo mud hut bandas for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Mwanihana trail

After breakfast you will transfer to the village of Sonjo and begin the Mwanihana trek. An armed park ranger will accompany you because there are numerous elephant and buffalo in the area. As you trek, study the tracks and signs in the forest and various medicinal plants. Reach Njia Ya Panda (the 'climbing path'). Check into the Campsite where you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Udzungwa Mountains

Early breakfast, trek through the changing forest until you reach the summit of Mwanihana. Encounter true montane vegetation amongst the Giant Ericas. Below you will view a spider’s web of elephant trails crisscrossing the park. Descend and trek through the forest until you reach your camp for the night.

Day 5: Ruaha

An early start, leaving the camp after breakfast. Hike whilst looking for red duiker and primates along the way. Exit the forest to rejoin your safari vehicle and drive to Ruaha (approx 6 hours) or Mikumi (approx 1 ½ hours).

END OF UDZUNGWA MOUNTAIN TRAIL

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