With the support and encouragement of Hondo Hondo and especially Jock, the camp manager, a small group of village farmers have formed a drumming group who perform a traditional “Ngoma” (meaning drum in KiSwahili) at Hondo Hondo on request. They also perform in the village at celebrations, weddings and at the end of the harvest. Some of the music is instrumental, with drums, percussion, whistles and some wind instruments and has a very energetic rhythm. The words to the songs are generally ad-lib (created live) and refer to current events and situations. This is a truly atmospheric experience beside a large log fire and burning torches.
We have a nature trail around our site, starting at the campsite/banda shower block. Take a guide, or pick up a map and info sheet from the bar/reception
Nocturnal Bug Spotting
In season we have a “bug lamp” set up at Hondo Hondo, which attracts all manner of moths and other nocturnal insects and bugs. In Udzungwa, there are many endemic insects and other arthropods that you can’t see anywhere else in the world. If you’d like to do some “bug spotting”, please ask the camp manger and we’ll turn on the special Mercury Vapour UV lights. You’ll be surprised at how quickly things home in to the bulb! Keep checking back throughout the evening because as time passes different species become active and are drawn in to the light.
Birding around Hondo Hondo
Just walking around the camp, and the surrounding fields you can see many species of bird. Take the enclosed bird checklist with you and see how many you can spot – and if you can add to the list! Please be careful not to trample our neighbours crops, but feel welcome to wander around the fields. All our neighbours are friendly.
Relaxing Around the Camp
Wander around the camp, and relax in our hammocks, forest seats, bar or your chosen spot. A kids pool can be set up on request, and some games can be found in the Lozenge Bar. Wherever you decide to settle, drinks and snacks can be brought to you throughout the day by our friendly staff.
Eco Power Tour
Our electrical power is generated in season by our micro hydro power plant. It was handmade in Tanzania. We are currently installing a solar power system and are looking into biogas generator for cooking from kitchen waste. We also have solar water heating which ensures that after a few hours sunshine in the morning, hot water is available throughout the afternoon. Please ask to have a look or find out more about any of these initiatives