Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp – Hondo Hondo

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.

Udzungwa Forest Tented Camps

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 food/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 excellent feeback 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 have solar panels so we are able to power all lights, fridges and other electrical equipment entirely through renewable sustainable energy sources.

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Ensuite Tented Rooms

Hondo Hondo Tented Camp offers six Forest ensuite tented rooms situated along or overlooking the forest boundary and providing a comfortable accommodation experience. With these rooms offering good facilities and great forest views, you can be sure of getting a good nights sleep and enjoying the relaxation of your stay in the surrounding shambaland and forest.
Each is well equipped, with all furniture made from locally available renewable sources such as coconut wood and bamboo.
All beds boast comfortable spring mattresses and feather pillows, and the soft throws over the beds are made by the local Ifakara Women Weavers group, who are one of the lodge’s community support projects.The open-air bathrooms offer views up into the nearby forest canopy while you shower, and are equipped with western-style flush toilets. huge solar hot water “rain” showers, sink and shaver socket.

All our hot water is heated using solar energy alone, and as a back up (in case of heavy rains and little sun) we use elevated bucket showers. Electric lighting is provided through the camp with low-energy LED bulbs, and each tent is equipped with lighting, personal solar reading lights, a solar fan and a socket for charging phones, cameras and so on.

These comfortable and well appointed canvas rooms make an excellent change from the usual range of places to stay, and as you fall asleep you can listen to the sound of elephants passing by in the night, or bushbabies calling in the trees.

Ensuite Tents:

 

Traditional Bandas

Set in a patch of trees bordering the forest of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Hondo Hondo offers five traditional thatched huts, providing a comfortable alternative to a camping tent. Homey and rustic, the huts are furnished with double and single beds and mosquito nets. This is a good budget accommodation option for those who are cash-conscious travelers and don’t have their own tent.

Camping in Udzungwa

The camping facilities at Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp’s Campsite are well maintained and provide for all the needs of the traveler/camper in Tanzania. The attractive campsite lies 300m away from the road with stunning views up across the Udzungwa Mountains forest canopy. Facilities include well-maintained showers with solar heated water, western-style toilets, access to the lodge bar and restaurant, simple self catering cooking area, a fire pit with comfortable natural seating for evening relaxation, and comfortable seating/dining areas with views over the Udzungwa Mountains and the Kilombero Valley.

Our Thatched Huts:

Special camping

Special camping can be arranged within the Udzungwa Mountains National Park itself. You have the option of the overnight Sanje hike, the longer two night Mwanihana hike, or the serious 4 night Lumemo Trail.You will trek into the rainforest where you will spend the night below the canopy, in a campsite high up in the mountains. We arrange everything for you, including all necessary equipment, all meals, porters, cook and so on, and all you have to do is enjoy the wildlife and nature and the magic of the forest night.

Conservation and Environment

Hondo Hondo lies on an area of previously farmed and cleared p arcel of land adjoining the Udzungwa Mountains National Park (for more information on the park please click here). One of our over-arching goals is to regenerate and replant the land to bring it back to its original rainforest habitat. This project is underway with (to date) 1000 indigenous trees having been planted across the site and more planting planned for next rainy season.
We consider efficient energy use to be a major priority and to this end have initiated a number of policies. All lighting in the camp is provided by LEDs or CFL bulbs, both energy efficient forms of lighting. All our electric power comes from our own specially designed solar system which supplies enough power to run the camp and charge a back up system of inverter and batteries. All our water is heated using a solar system, providing hot water on demand. We are thus entirely run from renewable energy.

Community

At Hondo Hondo we take our position in the local community seriously and we are a paid-up member of the village, contributing to all major decisions and a part of regular life in the valley. We work closely with the village chief (Mwanakiti translating from Swahili as Man of the Chair) and the committee of elders. Advice from these community leaders guides us on where we can best aid the community.
Education and schooling is always an area needing attention in rural Africa, and Mang’ula village is no exception. We work closely with the schools.
We have a number of additional policies which ensure we operate in a responsible and sustainable fashion. To download this document for viewing please click here.
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Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp lies on the border of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Southern Tanzania. These forested mountains form part of the Eastern Arc Mountain Range which are known as the ‘Galapagos of Africa’ owing to their high degree of endemism – they cover less than 2% of the land area but include more then 50% of the country’s plant and animal species. Over 300 endemic animals and over 800 endemic plants have been found in the Eastern Arc. The Udzungwa Mountains form one one of Africa’s most remarkable biodiversity hotspots and walking them is a memorable experience.
The Udzungwa Mountains are a primate hotspot with five Tanzanian endemics to be found; the newly discovered Highland Mangeby (found in Ndundulu Forest), the Sanje Crested Mangeby, the Udzungwa (Iringa) Red Colobus, the Matundu Dwarf Galago and the Mountain Dwarf Galago. Other primates include the Vervet Monkey, Sykes Monkey, Black and White Colobus, Yellow Baboon, Grant’s Galago, Small-eared Galago, and greater Galago.
Other mammal species are headed by the recently rediscovered Lowe’s Servaline Genet, which was photographed for the first time in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It was previously seen some 70 years ago and evidence was limited to a single skin. Other mammal species to be found in the Udzungwa Mountains include: Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Bushbuck, Sable, Greater Kudu, Harvey’s Red Duiker, Bush Duiker, Palm Civets, Miombo Genets, Hyena, Sun Squirrels, Climbing Mice, Spiny Mice, Pouched Rats, Elephants Shrews, Shrews and Hippo.
The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is among the top ten areas for bird conservation in Africa (IBA) with over 250 bird species. The Udzungwa Mountains are also home to several Tanzanian endemic birds including Rufous Winged Sunbird and the Udzungwa Partridge.
Within the Udzungwa Mountains National Park there is also a huge and diverse range of endemic butterflies, amphibians and reptiles including the Pygmy Bearded Chameleon. For more information on specialized trips with a particular focus please Contact Us and we can arrange an expert guide to join your group.

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