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 the remarkable birds which make the area home. The camp's lush green grounds are on the border of the pristine rain forest, 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 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 rain forest in large numbers every evening at sunset, and the valley echoes with their distinctive calls.
We offer 24 hour security, secure parking, a restaurant and bar, laundry service is available and wifi in the reception area
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.
In Room Facilities:
We have six Forest en-suite 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, enjoying the relaxation of your stay in the surrounding shambaland and forest. 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, solar hot water “rain” showers, sink and shaver socket. All our hot water is heated using solar energy alone. 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.
Activities offered from the camp:
* Guided bird walks around camp and "shamba",
* Hiking in the Udzungwa National Park (done through TANAPA),
* Bicycle hire,
* Guided village tour,
* Rubber plantation tour and
* Magombero Forest walk.
Day-trips can be arranged to do the following:
* Mikumi National Park Game Drives,
* Dug-out canoeing on the Kilombero River down at Ifakara and Ifakara market tour, with a visit to the Ifakara Women's Weavers.