Southern Highlands

Southern Highlands

The southern highlands are great for hiking off the beaten track and are the home of the Kipunji monkey. This a new genus discovered in 2003 on Mount Rungwe. These remote highlands cover an area between Lake Malawi and Tanganyika. The Ruaha River has its source in the Southern Highlands.

  • Birding & Primate Viewing:Good
  • Best time to visit the southern highlands: June - December
  • How to get to the southern highlands: you can drive, fly or take the train.
  • Safari types available: Walking Safari

Amongst the primates, as well as the Kipunji, the isolated Red Dilepis Colobus occurs in Mbisi, and a unique race of Black and White Colobus is found in forests around Mt Rungwe.

The Southern Highlands is made of a progression of mountain ranges and volcanoes covered by a mosaic of forest, grassland and Miombo Woodland. It includes the two highest peaks in southern Tanzania, Mt Mtorwi at 2,961m and Mt Rungwe 2,960m. The Ngozi crater lake and Mbozi Meteorite are also sites of interest to be found in this area.

There are a range of hotels in the towns but most of the hiking is over several days so you need to be prepared to camp.


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  • How to get there: Drive, Fly
Where to go in Southern Highlands

Other Places: Deep South
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    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013

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    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

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    United Kingdom, Aug 2013

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    United States of America, Sept 2013

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    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

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    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

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    Australia, Oct 2013