The Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania features a great variety of mammals and birds but also a diverse range of endemic butterflies, amphibians and reptiles including the Pygmy Bearded Chameleon.
Udzungwa Forest Camp is situated right on the border of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania, close to the National Park Headquarters and main gate at Mangula. Part of the Southern Circuit of Tanzania, Udzungwa ties in very well with traditional safari destinations and provides a unique forest and mountain aspect.
This Tanzania safari lodge is proud of its eco-friendly ethos. It is powered entirely by a hydro generator and all water is heated by solar power. The energy for the camp is completely provided by sustainable sources. Local community development projects include work with the local junior and senior schools, support for orphaned children in the village, and nearby women’s groups.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania is well placed on the Southern Safari Circuit. Excellent combination itineraries can be put together making use of road transfers and airstrips in the major parks - Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve. Guests can fly in and out of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar to connect everything together. Flights between the airstrips are frequent and provided by a number of operators.
Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp (Hondo Hondo) is about 360km (224 miles) almost due west of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, not far after Mikumi National Park. To drive, take the Morogoro road out of Dar es Salaam, and continue for around 4 hours through Chalinze, Morogoro and Mikumi National Park to Mikumi town.
In Mikumi town, just before the steep hill heading to Iringa, you will see a left turning, where there are signposts for Ifakara and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Take this turning and drive towards Ifakara and Kilombero. This road descends 700m through a gorge to the Kilombero floodplain and the Ilovo sugar plantation.
The road runs along the edge of the Udzungwa escarpment. There are many people living along this road so take care of pedestrians and cyclists. After 34km (21 miles) on the tarmac road, you pass through the town of Kilombero and cross the mighty Ruaha River to Kidatu, with its hydroelectric power station and Ilovo headquarters.
Here the tarmac road ends, and you continue along on a graded dirt road for 24km (15 miles). Look out for Sanje waterfall on your right when you pass through Sanje Village (home of Udzungwa Mountain spring water). You'll see the signs for Hondo Hondo on your right after the road swings away from the forest edge, and before you reach Mangula village and the Park Headquarters. Turn up our drive and after 300m, you'll reach the camp.