The caveat: I was staying at the camp while on a video shoot and going to stay there regardless of reviews. I'd seen pictures and knew the owners through production work...but this was my first visit.
The camp: Wow. Having traveled all over God's green Earth and stayed in hundreds of properties, Ndarakwai stands out as one of my top ten most memorable properties. Excellent staff and accommodations. Owners are committed to making as little environmental impact as possible and all power is solar (with generator backups). You're not going to have power in your tent...but that was no big deal. (and this from a guy who had to charge camera/monitor/lights/laptop batteries each day after shooting)
My only complaint is that I didn't get to stay longer.
- 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