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.
The lodge is replanting indigenous trees on their land. Tourism is managing to protect the remaining forest against demands for farmland & firewood. The income currently justifies the forest's protection in the eyes of the local people.
"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. "