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Southern Highlands Tanzania

Why Go?
Tanzania’s Southern Highlands officially begin at Makambako Gap, about halfway between Iringa and Mbeya, and extend southwards into Malawi. Here, the term encompasses the entire region along the mountainous chain running between Morogoro in the east and Lake Nyasa and the Zambian border in the west.

read more close The Highlands are a major transit route for travelers to Malawi or Zambia, and are an important agricultural area. They are also wonderfully scenic and a delight to explore, with rolling hills, lively markets, jacaranda-lined streets, lovely lodges and plenty of wildlife. Hike in the Udzungwa Mountains, watch wildlife in Mikumi or Ruaha National Parks, get to know the matrilineal Luguru people in the Uluguru Mountains, or head well off the beaten track to Tanzania’s southwestern most corners. Here, wild orchid’s carpet sections of Kitulo National Park and verdant mountains cascade down to the tranquil shores of Lake Nyasa.
  • Mikumi
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Iringa
  • Kalenga
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Lake Nyasa
  • Songea
  • Best for Nature
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Best for Culture
  • Lake Nyasa
  • Uluguru Mountains
  • Tukuyu
  • Iringa
  • Southern Highlands Highlights
  • Spotting elephants amid the baobabs in wild and rugged Ruaha National Park
  • Tracking snorting wildebeest, grazing buffaloes and skittish impalas in lovely and easy-to-access Mikumi National Park
  • Relaxing on the tranquil shores of Lake Nyasa with its verdant mountains cascading down to quiet coves
  • Getting acquainted with local life in and around colorful and bustling Iringa
  • Enjoying lush rolling hill panoramas dotted with orchards and stands of bananas around tiny Tukuyu.
  • Hiking past waterfalls and spotting birds and monkeys at Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Exploring off the beaten track in Kitulo National Park with its orchids, wildflowers and wide vistas.

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