Improved and secluded eco-camp opens in Tanzania

Improved and secluded eco-camp opens in Tanzania

Want something different on your honeymoon? Set the date for your safari hideaway in one of Tanzania’s most isolated spots

The Udzungwa Forest Camp is tucked away in the south of the country and with only 11 rooms available, it's sure to be a great secluded spot for a romantic safari break. A recent renovation of the camp means the area could open up to honeymooners.

However, Chris McIntyre the managing director of Expert Africa warned the new camp is not for those looking for luxury: "For visitors, this improved lodge represents the first reasonable place to stay in the area, so it means that Udzungwa can entice a bigger crowd than scientists and students who don't care where they sleep - people who are a bit more discerning, while still very adventurous.

"The Udzungwa Mountains are fascinating for wildlife enthusiasts." he added.

Some 300 endemic animals and 800 endemic plants can be found in the national park. Guests can also expect to see elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and lion while on a secluded game drive.

Previously, the camp was very basic and primarily used by researchers and students but now it has been renovated into six comfortable en-suite tents and five lodges.

Lighting is powered by solar energy, building materials were sourced sustainably and the project supported local community projects throughout the construction. The interior is a far cry from the trappings of packaged luxury; it's in keeping with local tradition, with bamboo and coconut wood, Ifakara throws and open-air bathrooms.

Honeymooners can shower in solar-heated rainwater while gazing over the luscious-green forests or have a drink in the Canopy Bar while spying nearby monkeys.

"Over the next few years they're planning on adding a swimming pool, some additional rooms and a new restaurant on top of the hill," the manager of the camp said.

The area is also perfect for mountain biking because of the flat floodplains; here guests will be able to glimpse local village life as well as spectacular wildlife.

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