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Ruaha Bush Camp & Zanzibar Beach Houses

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Behind every great venture there are interesting people.

Born and raised in East Africa, Julia is a world traveler, once a global corporate executive, and now returned to her home in East Africa to live the dream.

The Bishop family in Africa started out on the coast of Mombasa in the late ‘40’s, so the beach is very much a natural habitat – and Julia is the designer, creator, owner and manager of HODI HODI Beach Houses in Zanzibar.

As childhoods in Africa inevitably also include adventures in the African bush, and after many years of family safaris and training as a professional guide, it was a natural development for Julia to expand HODI HODI from the beach into her favourite part of the Tanzanian bush, building the HODI HODI Bush Camp in on the edge of the Ruaha National Park. With friends and family involved, including brother Jake, and business partner Rex, they now offer a two-centre BUSH AND BEACH experience in two family-owned, casual, private and stunning locations.

Julia lives in Tanzania, sharing her time between Hodi Hodi Beach Houses in Zanzibar and Hodi Hodi Bush Camp in Ruaha.

A holiday that contrasts the mud, dust & excitement of an African safari adventure with a relaxing stay in tropical paradise, on the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar.

Watch the sun set in the African Bush and see it rise from the Indian Ocean.

“We rounded up our three week holiday at Hodi Hodi. After climbing Kilimanjaro, Safari game drives and diving at Mafia Island, we didn't expect that our trip could become any better. It did... Hodi Hodi lies next to a beautiful white beach where you can stroll around for hours (lots of beautiful sea shells). They also arranged a diving trip, where we swam with dolphins!! Besides that, the rooms are great and the food was wonderful. Very friendly staff and the owner Julia is wonderful. We would certainly recommend staying in this hotel!”


“Our family of four (Mum, Dad and two teens) came here for four days to chill after 10 days of Safari. it is the perfect place to do so. Very low key, relaxed and picture-perfect. We have the upstairs family suite of the Poa House...”

– ANON, Bedford, Massachusetts. (SEPTEMBER 2018)

“We had a truly wonderful visit. The hotel is relaxed and calm with the constant sound of the waves. The beach is stunning, the food is delicious and plentiful and the accommodation is stylish and very comfortable. Julia, the centre of it all, made sure everyone was happy”

– LISA (MARCH 2018)

“We had a magical week at Hodi Hodi and were spoiled by our hostess Julia. Every day there was a surprise! The week went too fast. Hope to be back in the near future.”


“Everything about Hodi Hodi is perfect. Overlooking the ocean from our wonderful balcony was bliss. Walking on the pristine sand and swimming in the clear blue water was heaven. And at night over a superlative dinner we could explore the rich night sky with Julia and enjoy fascinating conversations. Julia is the most fantastic host – everything about Hodi Hodi is so well organized yet is also relaxing and welcoming. We left Hodi Hodi inspired and hoping we would be able to return one day.”


“Really quiet, very well managed small resort. Rooted in the community, which is supported.  Friendly, clean, uses local resources. Good network of trustworthy people for activities. Exactly what we needed after a long trip through Tanzania. Thank you Julia!”

– EMILE (JUNE 2017)


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