My wife had stayed before with some friends, so she thought it would be the perfect mini break for some rest and relaxation, and also to see the wonderful Udzungwa Falls, and to climb to the top to see across the savannah. We were greeted by Derek the manager, who guided us to the hut at our leisure, everything was done at the pace that suited us. It was a great change to be engaged as we arrived and it allowed us to meet the staff who were intent on looking after us and making our stay as pleasurable as possible. The hut was big and airy, and we were placed at the top of the camp, literally on the border of the rainforest, where the landscape changed very dramatically. The rooms and washrooms were all spotlessly clean, and perfect after a days driving through Mikumi National Park.
After all the power outages in Dar, the fact that the beer was kept ice-cold all the time was fantastic, and that you are not aware of any problem whatsoever, not that there were any during our stay, due to the relaxed but efficient nature of the management and staff of the camp. The food was delicious and varied every day, and consideration was offered to us by Simon and Swego asking if what was on the menu was ok with us. Service a lot of the restaurants in the bigger cities would do well to learn.
I am definitely going back, it was a wonderful weekend away in the most beautiful and tranquil of settings, and relaxing even with the thought of an inquisitive elephant wanting to trundle though the camp. Thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hondo Hondo (Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp) is on the border of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. We offer comfortable accommodation in well equipped en-suite tented rooms in our atmospheric grounds. For those on a budget, there are traditional thatched huts or a campsite. Our restaurant serves good quality meals catering to all tastes, and ice-cold drinks are available from the comfortable bar. The lodge grounds are often visited by troops of colobus monkeys and up to 86 species on birds have been identified onsite. A great base from which to explore the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and the little visited Kilombero Valley. ... more less
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