The Southern highland regions of Iringa and Mbeya possess unique tourists attractions. There are scenic features, including waterfalls , the rift valley escarpment, natural bridges and various volcanic features. These regions also posses rare birds and plant species, attractive scenery and a vibrant local culture.
The Udzungwa mountain ranges that straddle morogoro and Iringa regions and the Kitulo plateau in Iringa region are particularly impressive. Ruaha and Udzungwa mountains National Parks are the leading parks in Iringa .RuahaNationalkpark is the largest national park in Tanzania and Africa, covering 20,380 square kilometers and is part of the 30,000 square kilometers Rungwa – kisigo – Ruaha ecosystem. The Ruaha protected area is an enormous expense of land, most of it in saba Game Reserve, established by early German Colonial administrators. It has a variety of wildlife species and boast an elephant population of over 15,000.
KALENGA – IRINGA:
Kalenga is another important historical site near Iringa municipality. It is the place where the great chief MkwawaMwamnyika fought the German Colonial forces for seven (7) years before shooting himself in 1898 to avoid the humiliation of defeat and capture by the advancing Germans.The skull of this great fighter, who led his Hehe tribesmen in the anti- colonialist war of resistance, has been preserved at Kalenga.
The entire town of Kalenga has been a growing tourist attraction. Kalenga museum is where Mkwawa’s skull is preserved together with the Hehe battle weapons. On the Iringa – Mbeya road, about 13 from Iringa Municipality, lies the Isimila archaeological site, where early stone Age tools dating back 60,000 years have been discovered. In the same area, there are picturesque canyons which, according to some tourism experts, are comparable to the grand Canyon of Arizona in the USA.
Other attractions in Iringa:
Include the Lulanda natural forest, which harbours a number of rare animal and bird species. Chief Mkwawa’s shrine is also located under a sacred tree in the Lulanda forest. Lake Nyasa (Malawi), which is on the Tanzania Malawi border, could be among leading tourism attractions in the southern highlands.
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Where to go:
Visiting Ruaha National Park, currently the largest national park in Tanzania and Africa, after Kruger National Park in South Africa. It covers an area of 20,226 square kilometers and was established by early German colonial administrators.
Visiting Udzungwa Mountains National Park that borders Morogoro and Iringa regions. 80 percent of this park is found in Iringa region while 20 percent is found in Morogoro region
Visiting Kalenga historical site near Iringa Municipality. It is the place where the great chief MkwawawaMwanyika fought the German Colonial forces for seven years before shooting himself in 1898 to avoid the humiliation of defeat and capture by the advancing Germans. the skull of this great fighter, who led his Hehe tribesmen in the anti colonialist war of resistance , has been preserved at Kalenga town.
Visiting the Isimila archaeological site, where early stone Age tools dating back 60,000 years ago. this site is located on the IringaMbeya road; approximately 13 Kilometres.
Visiting the Lulanda natural forest which harbours a number of rare animal and bird species.
Visiting chief Mkwawa’s shrine located under a scred tree in the Lulanda forest.
Visiting the Great Ruaha River