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Ndarakwai Ranch Camp
Ranked #9 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
Reviewed August 6, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Rooms are simple, tents under thatch with bag showers, heated upon request. An experience but if yo...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

My famiy was climbing Kili so I was alone in the camp for 5 days. This is one of the few places where walking safaris (short ones) can occur so I could see hundreds of different animals up close with my trusted guide Thomas with me at all times. Night drives were also a huge plus. Though the accomodations are "tents" it is far from roughing it. Hot coffee is brought to my porch every morning by warm and pleasant staff, and the camp managers Steve and Lynn where always available for any special needs. Meals were also great. At of my 3 weeks in Africa this was my favorite!!

Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

We stayed here for 2 days at the start of our trip in Tanzania. This tented camp is in a private conservation area, with plenty of widlife around. The biggest plus of staying here is that you can go on walking and horseback safaris and night game drives- something you cannot do in most of the bigger national parks. We saw plenty of zebra, giraffe and different types of antelopes and birds.

The tented rooms are big, with comfortable beds. It has an authentic safari camp feel. Food was good and the staff are very attentive. The managers, Steve and Lynn are a wonderful couple. They made us feel welcome and spent time with us, to tell us about the conservation and the animals.

They also arranged for us to visit a Masai village with one of their Masai guides- Thomas. That visit was very informative and one of the highlights of our trip.

Would definitely recommend it, if you want something a little different from the regular safari circuit and away from the tourist crowds.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

We stayed here at the start of the season for two nights. Overall the experience was wonderful and certainly a lovely way to start our trip to Tanzania. The managers, Lynn and Steve, were charming and as we were the only guests at the time, joined us for meals and drinks in the evenings. They are a friendly welcoming couple and gave us a tremendous amount of information and advice which served us well for our whole trip.
The camp accommodations are excellent - very clean, comfortable and with an excellent balance of "roughing it - in luxury style" (....I know that sounds like an oxymoron...but go there and you'll see what we mean). The food was excellent and the entire staff were really friendly and accommodating. Special mention is due to Lanoy....who took us on walking tours of the area and took us out for a special treat...a night drive in the bush! Bouncing along in the pitch dark (with a mounted searchlight for spotting the animals) was a special experience!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

We stayed here with a photography workshop and it felt like our own private camp. The camp has been designed to take full advantage of the outdoors while still providing all possible civilized comforts. The food was exceptionally fresh and wonderul which was an unexpected treat. The staff were there for us at all times, plus we had very knowledgeable guides to the area's wild life. The owner, Peter Jones, is a knowledgeable man of africa with a background in paleoanthropology and archaeology and a dedication to conservation.
I would recommend this highly to someone wanting a special African vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

I recently spent 2 weeks in Tanzania, of which 6 nights were at the Ndarakwai Ranch Camp. These 6 nights were split in two, 4 nights at the beginning of my trip and 2 at the end. When returning to Ndarakwai for the final 2 nights I felt like I was returning home. The whole experience was far more than I hoped for, from the morning coffee brought to our tent to be enjoyed on our private porch while watching the monkeys play; delicious meals served in the beautiful outdoor pavilion; evening cocktails in the tree house while quietly watching the different animals gather at the creek; to falling asleep in our clean, comfortable 4 room tent in the cool quiet of the evening. Peter Jones and his staff certainly made me want to return, I feel like I left a piece of my heart in Ndarakwai. This was definitely great value for dollars spent!

Room Tip: All tents are slightly unique and lovely!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

I was lucky enough to spend almost two weeks in Tanzania and had the good fortune to call Ndarakwai "home" during that time. Not only were the surroundings comfortable, clean, and soothing after a long day on safari - the staff were superbly accommodating, friendly, and lovely to be around.
Peter Jones' vast knowledge of the African world anthropologically, ecologically, and scientifically balanced with a strong understanding of African culture brought my experience more than I expected from a trip of a lifetime.

Room Tip: All the cabins are wonderful!
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  • Stayed: May 2011
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Address: | On the slopes of West Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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