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“The Ultimate Combination of Relaxation, Culture and Wildlife”

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Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“The Ultimate Combination of Relaxation, Culture and Wildlife”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Everyone already writes how comfortable this place is, and how amazingly nice the owners are (Chris and Nani). I'm sure everyone also writes about the exceptional quality of the food, the endless places to relax in the bar area, on the observation tower over the lake with the comfortable couches and tables to have drinks while enjoying the view, the evening bonfire circle or the relaxing pool.

So I'll write about something that most people probably don't know about, which is the opportunity to see rare wildlife otherwise usually not seen on a regular safari.
Since Kisima Ngeda is in a forested area, a fair share of interesting animals reside in the area. On top of the rocks behind the check-in area you can have beers while watching an amazing sunset, with an added bonus: There's a den of the otherwise uncommon Striped Hyenas right below, and they come out in the late afternoon or early evening. The common hyena seen on a safari is the spotted hyena, and the striped hyena is a much more interesting and photogenic animal. In the forest, Chris and Nani are building a raised hide overlooking a water hole, where several interesting animals come to drink late at night, including the elusive aardvark, bushpigs, African civets, marsh mongoose and sometimes servals or even honey badger. It's much more active during the dry season, and should be finished by June or July, 2013. Ask Nani about it - the interesting animals usually come around 2-4am so if you're a real hardcore wildlife enthusiast or a National Geographic-style photographer who wants to capture rare animals in photos, go for it. They will have decently comfortable beds on the hide and watchmen to wake you up when interesting animals come up. So this will make Kisima Ngeda even cooler than it already is.

Other than that, their rooms are very nicely organized and can be used for friends, families or for romantic vacations. Their beds are comfortable and are positioned so that when you wake up the first thing you see is the outdoors and the lake. The nearby Hadzabe is the most extreme non-safari-type activity in Tanzania, with one of the only genuine hunters and gatherers tribe left in Africa. Also the Datoga craftsmen tribe in the area makes for an interesting afternoon. All-in-all there are really not enough good things that can be said about the location, the service, the friendliness and the wildlife opportunities of the area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Kisma Ngeda is now one of my favorite places in Africa; I love it.

The location. The food. The service. I have no complaints about Kisma Ngeda at all, except perhaps how hard it is to get a room. ;-)

I am a frequent visitor with the Hadza people and Kisma Ngeda will now be my base of operations!!

Room Tip: I just don't think you can go wrong with any of the rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Manama
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Beautiful surrounding, and so peaceful. Tents are far from each other so you don't hear people talking or walking outside. So comfortable . Very safe. Amazing staff. Great food with 5 star service. And the visit to hadzabe tibe was the best experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had a great time at lake Eyasi: we were very much looking forward to Serengeti so the beauty of the lake took us by surprise. We saw there the most amazing sunset, and felt like reaching the edge of the world.
Delicious food, comfortable lodging, spectacular day with the bushmen. All in all is a place where you feel as secluded and far away from any sign of civilization as possible, without giving up comfort during the night.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

This is a very interesting break to the animal safari circuit.

The lodge itself is very comfortable with lovely little touches in the rooms like bushmen bow and arrows as shower curtain rails etc. The food good, the staff helpful and the pool lovely.

I particularly liked the short 5 minute walk up to the red rocks for sunset over the lake.

The camp is in an oasis, but once you get out towards the lake it gets pretty desolate fast, but it makes for interesting photography. The lake was there in January with a handful of flamingoes but they are hard to get close to.

The road down wasn't bad at all for us - not tarmac of course but pretty smooth and we made the trip in just over an hour from Karatu - we've driven our 2wd on far worse roads in Australia.

The trip down is interesting too, as you go down the road you can see things getting more remote, it gets hotter and drier and the catcus appear. The huts get more basic etc.

The bushmen trip and datoga visit are interesting, but be aware that there is a steady stream of visitors now so they have cottoned-on and will use the opportunity of your visit to try to sell you things (particularly the datoga)!

Still, the bushmen hunt was an interesting insight into their lifestyle and we saw a pretty intense hunt of a monkey and afterwards they let you have a go with the bow and arrow (aiming at things that are not alive!). The datoga's blacksmith demonstrations are also genuinely quite impressive. Worth going to both.

There is a very interesting back route short-cut from the lodge to Ndutu which is scenic and a little adventurous when climbing the mountain ridge behind the lake. Its a remote relatively untouristed way to approach Ndutu and actually quicker than going via Karatu and the Crater.

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Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

This has to be one of the best places I have stayed. The setting is idyllic, the attention to detail is second to none, the food is amazing, service excellent and everyone is friendly and helpful. It is the type of place I could easily spend a week relaxing, swimming and taking in the amazing surroundings.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

When I and my wife Elizabeth heard from our friend about the bushmen of Eyasi , we frankly were so exited, so we planned to visit them one day but where should we stay? that was our question. our friend stayed at one of public campsites but he recomended us to sta at Kisima Camp if we could afford, my wife said why not!! When we just arrived there, ooh my goodness!! the staff leading by Freddy as he introduce himself, came to meet us in warmlly wellcome and lead us to the reception.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
Address: Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Number of rooms: 7
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