Recently we spent a few night at Ndarakwai Ranch as part of a 12 day Safari trip in Tanzania that we booked through Africa Adventure Company. What a special place. Ndarakwai is rustic. The tents under thatch are very comfortable, don't expect luxury accommodations, expect simple eco friendly lodging. What makes Ndarakwai special are the people. They are warm and friendly. Steve and Lynne who manage the ranch will spend lots of time with you. They take an interest in you and that is also the case with the rest of the staff. Thomas will take you on a hike through the bush or a game drive, he explains the land, about the animals (of which there are many) and teaches you about the Massai and other local tribes. This is more than an opportunity to experience wildlife in it's own habitat, it's a chance to learn about the eco-system and share the passion of these people. It's also an opportunity to do it outside the national parks, so you can go on a night drive and you can take an accompanied walk. The animals are wild, nothing has been domesticated and there are no "set ups" so you get to see certain things. This place is wonderfully natural. You can enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand at the top of an observation tower overlooking a watering hole followed by a good meal and fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Started in 1994, Ndarakwai is a unique success story of land and wildlife rehabilitation, the first of its kind in Tanzania. With about 70 mammal species and over 350 bird species in a combination of high long grass plains, classic Acacia savannah, Commiphora thickets, and riparian habitats, a stay at Ndarakwai is a great addition to any safari itinerary. Ndarakwai Camp, with 14 large comfortable and individually decorated tents, is set at 4200 feet in the midst of an 11,000 acre privately-owned ranch in Siha District, West Kilimanjaro. Ndarakwai offers a high degree of personalized service, attention to detail, great food, as well as a wide variety of excellent wildlife related activities, cultural experiences, and excursions. What really sets us apart from National parks is our ability to offer half and full day walks with an experienced guide, as well as night game drives. These are two things you are not able to do in the parks. If it is birding on foot, or searching for nocturnal animals by spotlight, Ndarakwai is for you! Ndarakwai strives to be the best in luxury tented camping while maintaining the principles of responsible environmental stewardship. Extensive use of solar power (for electricity and hot water), the use of clay ovens for cooking, preference for local produce, combined with 11,000 protected acres of bush and woodland give confidence the camp is being established as carbon neutral. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ndarakwai Ranch Camp Hotel Moshi