Mwanaluvele salt cave

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Altitude: 1100 m.a.m.s.l.

A small cave that is located near the road from Msosa ranger post to Mbatwa ruins, near the north eastern border of Udzungwa mountains national park. It serves a historical and cultural site, for the people who used to live in the area, many of whom are now in Msosa.

Among its past uses include a source of salt, a refuge during tribal wars and other folklore.

What to do there?Hike to the cave to explore it firsthand, with the possibility of sighting a multitude of plants, birds and animals along the way. For a list of other attractions in the area, please see the attractions page.

Best time to visit?Any time of the year not in the rainy season of march to June.

Location of Mwanaluvele salt caveMwanaluvele salt cave is located about a kilometre off the road from Msosa ranger post to Mbatwa ruins, and at the end of a short hiking trail. It is also in a remote area near the north eastern border of Udzungwa mountains national park, with the main form of accommodation in the area being campsites.

For more information on this location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By air, train or vehicle, with a multitude of airports in the area to use, the closest of which is Nduli in Iringa; However, you would still require to use a vehicle from there to the salt cave.

The TAZARA railway goes from Dar es Salaam through Selous game reserve and on to the south east of this park, passing through Iringa. From here you would have to use vehicular transport.

There are large passenger buses that ply the route from most regions of the country. Using these, one would have to get off at the Aljazeera restaurant or Mtandika village and use other transport means to get to the salt cave.

Either way, it is important to check with the TANAPA officials beforehand, and a registered guide or a ranger would be required to accompany you for hikes in the park.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the TANAPA website.

ReferencesTAZARA - Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority.

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