New eco-camp to bring attention to overlooked southern Tanzania
With the famous Serengeti National Park and the spice island of Zanzibar among the many things to do and see in northern Tanzania, the southern part of the county is often overlooked by visitors.
But thanks to being off the beaten track and less developed than other parts of Tanzania, the southern region of the country is an excellent destination for an adventure holiday.
The south is home to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, which despite covering a far smaller area than the Serengeti boasts more than 50 per cent of the countries plant and animal species, including 300 endemic animals, and 800 endemic plants.
Just a two-hour drive away is the bigger Mikumi National Park where visitors can spot elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes and lions for the full safari experience.
Now, four British researchers have set up new eco-friendly lodgings in Udzungwa Mountains National Park, which they hope will this part of Tanzania receive the recognition it deserves.
"They started by setting up a very simple campsite and have gradually built up the camp bit by bit over the past few years - with more plans in the pipeline," the camp's manager explained to wanderlust.co.uk.
"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 added.
Originally, the extremely basic camp was used primarily by researchers and students, but significant renovations have taken place to get it ready for tourists, with the construction of six en-suite tents and five lodges.
Lighting and hot water is powered by solar energy, building materials were sourced sustainably and the development supported local community projects throughout the construction.
In the surrounds of the camp, travellers can also partake in mountain biking, canoeing, walking, as well as excursions to rubber plantations.