FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Tanzania Wildlife Tour Greentours.Great Flowers Butterflies and Endemic Primates
This tour focuses on two of Tanzania’s most beautiful national parks, the rainforests of Udzungwa and the flower-filled highland grasslands of Kitulo, renowned for their orchids. Both offer a rich and beautiful flora as well as a fascinating and diverse fauna, this including an impressive array of primates and smaller mammals as well as Africa’s better known species. Birds, Butterflies and reptiles will also feature strongly – in short, a celebration of Southern Tanzania’s fantastically varied natural history, the big and the small, the brilliant and the bizarre.
A sweeping landscape reminiscent of the Scottish highlands, Kitulo is referred to by the locals as ‘Bustani ya Mungu’ meaning the ‘Garden of God’. The endangered Blue Swallow hawks over grassland plateaux perched at 2600m where rare Denham’s Bustards tread among many beautiful blooms including Gladiolus dalenii, canary-yellow Moraea tanzanica and the nodding heads of Clematoptis villosa. The rocky Matamba ridge supports rare and beautiful species including white and purple Moraea callista, Protea humifusa, Impatiens rosulata and the striking pink orchid Disa ukingensis. A long list of orchids include many Disas, Satyriums and Habenarias, whilst Buff-shouldered Widowbirds perch on the striking red-hot poker Kniphofia paludosa, endemic to the area.
Udzungwa forms part of the Eastern Arc Mountain chain, recognized as one of 24 globally important “hot spots” for forest biodiversity. Around a quarter of the flora here is endemic including several African Violets and Bizzy-lizzies. The park contains vast tracts of lowland and montane forest which still harbour large populations of Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion and numerous ungulate species including the rare Abbot’s Duiker. Among over 400 species of bird are the endemic Udzungwa Forest Partridge and Rufous-winged Sunbird whilst a staggering 539 species of butterfly found to date include the endemics Papilio hornimani mwanihanae, Celaenorrhinus sanjeensis and Axiocerses kiellandi. Udzungwa is one of the most important areas in Africa for primate diversity and conservation, boasting 13 species including two endemic monkeys, the Udzungwa Red Colobus and Sanje Mangabey, as well as the near-endemic ‘Kipunji’, a new genus and species discovered in 2004. We’ll also have time to enjoy a little of the coastal habitats off the shores of Dar-es-Salaam as well as the game-rich lowland miombo woodlands of Mikumi National Park.
Flowers and Mammals, especially Primates. Also Birds, Butterflies, Reptiles and Landscapes.
In East African national parks one is normally restricted to vehicles seeing the wildlife on morning and evening game drives. This tour is different. We use 4wd landcruisers merely to get us to the best parts of these national parks, and in them all, except Mikumi, we can walk as much as we require. The walking is easy and we cover three or four miles on most days, occasionally up to six or seven, always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to photographers. Occasionally steep and sometimes muddy paths.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation in Tanzania. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.
The minimum is 5 and the maximum is 10. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
We start in the Hotel Mediterraneo in Dar-es-Salaam which has lovely one story cottage style rooms set in delightful gardens next to the ocean. After a night at Mikumi’s excellent Vuma Hills Lodge we’ve three nights at Udzungwa in the wonderfully situated Hondo Hondo. Accommodation is in luxury tents, with electricity, and en suite bathrooms open to the stars. Next is a night at Crocodile Camp in simple cottage style chalets on the edge of the mighty Ruaha River in the heart of Baobab Valley. We’ll be well looked after in the luxury cottages in Kisolanza’s fine gardens for two nights then we’ve a three night stay at Kitulo Gods Garden on the Kitulo Plateau, a new hotel with clean, spacious but basic rooms, set around an attractive courtyard in the lovely village of Matamba. The last two nights of the tour are at the fine Utengule Coffee Lodge situated on the slopes of the Mbeya Range, a bastion of comfort and elegance, with lovely rooms and a great restaurant. All rooms/luxury tents on this tour have en suite facilities.
UK return flights are from Heathrow and other regional airports* to Dar-es-Salaam via Amsterdam or Istanbul.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Pleasantly warm for the most part though it can become quite hot in the middle of the day so relaxing siestas are certainly in order! Evenings are cool at higher altitudes. Rain can be expected during some of the afternoons and is sometimes prolonged.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information. Flower, butterfly, bird and mammal checklists are available.