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Best time to go
  • J  
    Great time to come to the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha. Hot and humid.
  • F  
    Great time to come to the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha. Hot and humid.
  • M  
    Good first half of the month, but rains can start towards mid-month.
  • A  
  • M  
  • J  
    Rains ending. Increasingly good place to be as the ground dries out.
  • J  
    Best time for wildlife viewing in the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha.
  • A  
    Best time for wildlife viewing in the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha.
  • S  
    Best time for wildlife viewing in the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha.
  • O  
    Best time for wildlife viewing in the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha.
  • N  
    Short rains. Still good wildlife, but more difficult to travel around.
  • D  
    Travelling can still be difficult in the parks until mid-late December.

Udzungwa Forest Camp

Rating: Simple   
A friendly, rustic place to stay on the edge of Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Udzungwa Forest Camp, also known as Hondo Hondo (which means hornbill) sits on the forest edge at Udzungwa Mountains National Park, in a very beautiful part of southern Tanzania. Silvery-cheeked, crowned and trumpeter hornbills are often in the trees near camp and primates found here regularly include the black and white colobus monkey and the endemic Iringa colobus monkey.

Udzungwa Forest Camp has 6 tented en-suite rooms (as well as has 5 basically furnished traditional Swahili-style huts with shared ablutions). The tented rooms have spring mattresses & feather pillows and local fabrics and furnishings (such as bed throws made by the local women's weavers group). They have open air bathrooms with flush toilets and hot water, so you have views up to the forest canopy while you shower! These 'forest en-suite tents' are in the forest boundary and are made from renewable resources such as bamboo and coconut wood. Each has one plug socket in the tents.

Meals can be served on tent verandahs or in the Lozenge bBar & dining Area. Cold drinks and supplies can be purchased from the canopy bar, which is also a great place to enjoy a sundowner and watch the colobus monkeys and hornbills in the trees. 

There is a cozy fire pit to sit around at night and local drummers can visit in the evening on request. Sometimes if there are enough people in camp a pig spit roast can be done. Snacks and picnics can be arranged for hiking and day trips.

Local guides from the camp can take guests on hiking trails in to the mountains and hiking and camping equipment can be provided.



Customer rating
 
85% from 2 reviews
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"The camp was the most basic I went to, and could possibly do with a quick Health and Hygiene visit, but was perfectly nice, and the staff absolutely lovely. I suspect that they obviously struggle with the heat and humidity (as did I), and mould stuck the pages of books together and pervaded the tents. "
Accommodation review from: MR - 28/01/2015
"Fantastic lodge with brilliant manager and staff"
Accommodation review from: Paul Rosier - 11/09/2011
Eco Rating 5 globes

Hondo Hondo, Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp

Hondo Hondo, Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp completed Tribes' audit on their social and environmental responsibility. Water usage, pollution, land use, ownership, commitment to conservation, links with local communities, and staff welfare are all researched.

We awarded them the eco-rating seen here. You can use these eco-ratings to tell whether a property has their heart in the right place or not. Places which care about the impact they have on the people and environment around them will usually go the extra mile for you too!

5/5 = One of the real heroes of the travel industry! This place makes a real difference.
4/5 = Caring for their people and environment is very important to them.
3/5 = Making a real effort in some important areas.

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Tracy Edwards
Africa Travel Co-ordinator
Born and raised in South Africa, it’s perhaps not surprising that Tracy’s first love in travel is Africa. She is generous with her wide knowledge of this continent.
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