Hondo Hondo – Udzungwa Forest Camp is located on the border of Udzungwa Mountains National Park, in the Kilombero valley in southern Tanzania. The name Hondo Hondo is the Swahili word for “Hornbill” of which there are many of these remarkable birds in the area. Hondo Hondo strives to be eco-friendly by using locally available renewable resources such as coconut wood and bamboo, as well as using solar power and micro-hydro power generator, to heat water and power the camp. It has panoramic views of the rain forest, which is home to some primate species including the endemic Udzungwa Red Colobus, the remarkable Sanje Crested Mangebey, and the Black and White Colobus. Different hornbill species reside in the rain forest.
Hondo Hondo – Udzungwa Forest Camp has various types of accommodation ranging from:
- 6 Tented Rooms – Comfortable beds, pillows, with en suite bathroom: equipped with western-style flush toilets, huge solar hot water “rain” showers, sink and shaver socket.
- 5 Traditional Bandas – These rustic thatched huts have beds with mosquito nets.
- Camping – There is a well maintained campsite with solar heated showers and western style toilet facilities
Bar, Lounge and Restaurant
The main building houses the lounge, bar and restaurant. For the campers there is a 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.
At Hondo Hondo special camping can be arranged within the Udzungwa Mountains National Park itself. The options are as follows:
- Overnight Sanje hike
- 2 night Mwanihana hike
- 4 night Lumemo Trail
Trek into the rain forest and spend the night at a campsite high in the mountains. All arrangements are arranged by Hondo Hondo and they include: all necessary equipment, all meals, porters, guides, et cetera.
Equipment can be hired from Hondo Hondo – Udzungwa Forest Camp.
All hot water is heated using solar energy alone, and as a back up (in case of heavy rains and little sun) they 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 and a socket for charging phones, cameras and so on. They have a back up system of inverter and batteries.
Hondo Hondo – Udzungwa Forest Camp co-operates with the local community. The camp was built using local man-power. The day to day running of the camp is also run using local labour. A local women’s group provides the throws that are used on the camp beds.
Education and schooling is always a challenge in rural Africa, and Mang’ula village is no exception. Hondo Hondo works closely with the schools.
Conservation and Environment
There is a project underway that has seen 400 indigenous trees being planted across the site and more planting planned for next rainy season.
Water at Hondo Hondo is drawn from a stream in the mountains, providing a clean perennial source of fresh water. This is under agreement with the National Water Authorities, the National Park and the local village community.
- Traditional Ngoma Drumming
- Nature Trail
- Nocturnal Bug Spotting
- Bird watching
- Village Tours
- Rock Climbing
- Fly Camping
- Tiger Fishing