Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp borders the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, in the Kilombero valley in southern Tanzania. The lodge is known locally as Hondo Hondo meaning "hornbill" in Swahili, due to the amazing number of these remarkable birds which make the area their home.
Hondo Hondo's lush green grounds are on the border of the pristine rainforest and offer excellent views of the forest canopy. The forest is home to a number of primate species, including the endemic Udzungwa Red Colobus, the remarkable Sanje Crested Mangebey, and the Black and White Colobus. A number of different hornbill species fly in over the forest edge and settle in trees along the borders of the rainforest in large numbers every evening at sunset, and the valley echoes with their distinctive calls.
Hondo Hondo provides a high standard of accommodation and great access to Tanzania's remarkable wildlife and landscapes through co-operation with the local community and provision of excellent facilities. Built by a local workforce and providing employment throughout both the construction and operational phases, the ultimate goal is to increase international awareness of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, bringing in more visitors to appreciate the remarkable diversity of wildlife here and to contribute to the improvement of local community livelihoods.
We are proud of our low-impact, eco-friendly ethos and we continue to find ways to improve our services to our guests while using recognised best practice methods of keeping our footprint on the earth as low as possible. All water is heated with solar water heaters, and we are currently installing a mini-hydro power generator so we will be able to power all lights, fridges and other electrical equipment entirely through renewable sustainable energy sources.
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