Approaching Kisima Ngeda is one of the most depressing experiences. You will drive through the country where hardly anything grows (at least visibly), and people's dwellings are definitely one of the worst one can find on this globe (do not confuse it with poverty though, you will see them driving motorbikes and even small 4x4!).
By the end of this journuey you will enter a village, which is clearly more neat, and is situated among small oasis of half dried palm trees. Voila, the very entrance to the camp. Honestly, it is dificult to beleive anything reasonalbe can be located here.
Then things change at a very fast pace. You are met by the staff with eagerness one can only dream of. You feel secure and safe and taken a very good care of, at your literally every step. Nice, serene setting, with no attempt to deceive you (that is what is good is good, what may be not is left as is). There is a hell lot of attention invested in every tiny detail of the camp, like wooden plank floors, covered with weaved rug (very compfortable to walk over), most tasteful furniture and other details of interior. Your every wish is fulfilled (for example, you can have your tea/coffee any time you want, from 0530 hrs in the morning till late night). You have a very useful guidance printouts left in your room. Quite obviolsy, the staff is treated fairly, which wins the management/owners their loyalty.
Food is just great. Mind you are dealing with a very difficult to please person, really.
Views on the lake and suronding are stunning, especially if you invest in a short climb over the cliff at the sunset.
Indeed, like it has been said by many other reviewers, hunting with the Hadzaba is The experience, since this is no touristy thing (like infamous Maasai villages).
Similarly, visiting a family of the blacksmith was quite an experience. You feel instant respect for the people who mastered the trade, no matter how imperfect and primitive it may appear to you, manage their affairs with lots of dignity, are genuinely happy (to an extent of displaying sense of humour).
Owners are passionate about their business, and are doing their level best.
One of the bext experiences in East Africa during our 6+ years.
- Also Known As:
- Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area