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.
- Also Known As:
- Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area