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Ndarakwai Ranch Camp
Ranked #5 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
Certificate of Excellence
Arusha, Tanzania
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An extraordinary business trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Ndarakwai for 10 days while we were shooting scenes for a reality show. We didn't stay in the lodge, but had a beautiful campsite near the river. All catering was done by the head chef from the lodge, and as i am a vegetarian, i loved how they were able to cater to my needs. (Love the home made hummus and pesto!) During filming on the property we saw quite a bit of wildlife including, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Warthog, Bushbuck, Elephants and buffalo... to name a few! We shot a few scenes inside the rooms at the lodge and i was very impressed with how natural and sustainable they are. On arrival, we had our first lunch at the lodge. It was in a beautiful dining area near the river, and i loved hearing the sounds of the birds in the trees. Great place to relax!

Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Thanks Nym81!

It was great to have you here, and it was very interesting to watch you film the Reality Show here too. Please give my regards to the rest of the crew if you see them! Thanks for bringing us the copies of the show too. I'm glad you were able to come back in November as you wanted, to have more of a relaxing experience! Hope yo see you again sometime!

Eric
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

The tents are luxurious with en-suite bathrooms and showers. This is an excellent camp for the first stop on a safari. “First” because it offers a comfortable introduction and acclimatization location but if you go after the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro the number and variety of animals might be disappointing.  (The number and variety of animals may be seasonal so this observation is not a complaint.)  However the lack of animals is to some extent made up for by their proximity: bushbucks feeding right next to our tent; baboons and vervets very nearby; bushbabies at the dinning room in the evening and the fact that it is one of the few places where you can actually go for a walk (with guide and guard) and see animals, tracks, scat, all of which delighted our you granddaughter (and us). However, our night drive was a disappointment.  We realize that one cannot count on seeing any animals but the driver just drove fairly fast, never stopping. It seemed that his goal was just to get it done with   The staff of the camp are most welcoming; the dinning room, with lounge area, is inviting; the food   excellent; the history of the place interesting; the aims, and work already done, worthy of support.   Re: the security trunk mentioned in another review: there was no lock on the one in our tent; we used one of our luggage locks (which also means no one else could open the trunk)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

we came with 4 kids for two nights.
Great place for soft landing in Tanzania, If you have time to relax and stretch your legs before going into hard core safari.
The private game park gives a bit of idea to what expect, however it is not the real thing.

They also have a Massai village nearby in where you can visit, yet again it is not the real stuff.
Food is mediocre, however the team is great, the place is clean , and very pleasant.
If you have the time go for it, if you come for short week skip it,

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David B
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Hi Mi b, Thanks for your review! Ndarakwai is first and foremost a conservation project, with the aim to rehabilitate the land and wildlife to the state it was over 50 years ago. When we first arrived in West Kilimanjaro in 1995, there was no permanent wildlife at all, due to illegal hunting, and it took many years of conservation to create a safe environment for them. Now, with over 60 mammal species and over 300 bird species, we are happy with the progress we have made.

In regards to the Maasai village experience, i'm not quite sure what you mean by "not the real stuff". It is an extremely authentic Maasai village that has been in West Kilimanjaro since before the '50's, if not longer. They are extremely traditional and prefer to stay this way.

Our food is locally sourced and we have another property that supplies vegetables to our lodge daily. We only grow produce that is not locally available as we prefer not to undercut anyone in our community. If you have any ideas on what we could add to the menu it would be a great help! We love suggestions and often add dishes recommended by guests!

Hope you are well!
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

I stayed here in July prior to climbing Kilimanjaro and found it restful and beautiful. Only pity was that we were not accommodated there after our climb. It would have been such a lovely place to rest and recover. The accommodation in "tents" is superb- very large and clean and warm even on a cold night (hot water bottles were a treat). The staff were very helpful and friendly and food was excellent and the communal areas were pleasant and beautifully designed. At night the staff placed lots of lanterns along all the paths which made the place so magical. I have travelled in Africa on safari on many occasions and this was one of the nicest "safari-type" camps I have experienced and I'd love to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lilli95
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Hi Lilli95!

I wanted to say thank you very much for your review! I hope you had a great time climbing Kilimanjaro and that you made it to the top! Hope you are well back home and we would love to have you back anytime!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've spent the first few nights of our safari here and where immensely positively surprised - this is much more of a lodge than a camp, the tents are actually huge rooms with separate bathroom (hot water all the time!) and a veranda with just a canvas covering, and simply beautiful. I actually think this was the most luxurious place we've stayed at in Tanzania.

The service was amazing, always friendly and helpful, and they even put a thermos flask under our duvet while we were at dinner since the nights were quite cold. The bed itself was very comfortable, and it is great to fall asleep to the sounds of all kinds of wildlife.

Breakfast as well as the other meals were very delicious and always plentiful (I just wish that they would offer a more typically African cuisine instead of lots of 'international' and Italian food).

This camp is also really very eco-conscious, reusing bottles, recycling their own water etc.

One of the best things there is that the camp is in the middle of an conservancy, where you can make different tours as a guest. I really recommend you do a walking safari - it is quite another thing to be on the same level as the animals compared to watching them from a car (and we felt very safe all the time). I wish there were more walking safaris like those. Almost needless to say: we saw lots of animals on both the walking and the driving safari.

Hint: Around dusk, walk towards the camp exit - there are often monkeys there that you can observe quite closely.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Okay so i was based here for a week for work.
So on the flight I was told I would be in a tent :/ but arrived at the camp to discover an experience from one of those B/W movies with Hepburn on Safari.
Large specious tent veranda large bathroom area hot shower etc.
The whole camp is setup for minimum ecology impact.
In fact with out a safari jeep starting up you can see zebra giraffe monkeys gazelle buffalo antelope and warthogs by taking a stroll with the ranger. You've also got Mt. Kili peering down over you!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AJJ1976
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Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Ndarakwai Ranch was our last stop on a safari to Tanzania in the summer of 2012. It was absolutely amazing and I am so glad we stayed there. The service is impeccable - they cater to your every need. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. The accommodations were perfect. Every night they would put hot water bottles in our bed while we were at dinner. Dinner, too, was great. We went on walking safaris, night safaris, jeep safaris.... We actually saw a leopard and an aardvark on night safari. We would watch the sunset atop a treehouse viewing platform with a full service bar. We could watch the sunset as the zebras grabbed a quick drink of water. Ndarakwai is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and amazing places on earth. I truly cannot say enough about this incredible place. If you are ever in Tanzania you have to visit - it is not to be missed. I would live there if I could and go on safari everyday and watch the wildlife.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris L
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Property: Ndarakwai Ranch Camp
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 67 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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