We had a wonderful time with the Barbour family at Kisampa. We wanted a unique African experience that would immerse us in a rural environment where we would be close to everything African...the small village of Matipwili, the incredible landscapes complete with baobab trees, and of course the animals. We enjoyed every moment of our adventure right from the time we crossed the Wami River in a canoe to get to this Sanctuary. The guided walks with the knowledgable staff taught us how to recognize a poacher's snare, how certain plants and trees were used for their medicinal properties and how to interpret the tracks and signs of the different wildlife who frequented the area. We felt close to nature, but safe. Our banda was creatively crafted from local materials and offered us a comfortable,fresh air sleep as we were often seranaded by the sounds of the nocturnal wildlife, like the bushpigs. This is Africa. The food was plentiful, delicious and served by a friendly, attentive staff who lived in the local village. Each evening started with a social happy hour around a camp fire and ended with a fine dinner prepared from local ingredients and served outside the pavilion under the stars. The idea of staying in a lodge that leaves a minimal footprint and that respects the environment appealed to us. Kisampa was an experience unlike any other that we have had and was a restful but stimulating beginning to our time in Tanzania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kisampa is set in a pristine, wild area in eastern Tanzania. The region is filled with ox-bow lakes, riverine forests, open grassland, wild rolling hills and steep ridges that provide breath taking views of the surrounding areas. The diverse habitat makes it a birders paradise. Wildlife is shy but increasing with the protection now provided in the sanctuary. This is a private community conservation sanctuary adjacent to the unique coastal Saadani National Park. Situated on a remote hilltop with a vista of the plains below, Kisampa is a special place. So special, in fact, that some of the AfrikaAfrika team live here permanently! Kisampa is the ultimate bush retreat - a place where you can turn off from all the stress, pressure and noise. This place has been brilliant for yoga retreats, personal meditation and simply the ultimate place to wind down. This is furthermore a birders paradise and Kisampa has a few secluded birding platforms where you can spend the day relaxing and watching some of east Africa's finest bird life. We also pride ourselves here with divine "country style" lunches of freshly baked bread from our brick oven, hearty soups and salads along fresh seasonal fruit for desert. Here we offer you a personal journey, an experience full of meaning - not just another destination. We will lead you on a superb exploration that will take you into the heart of this amazing little piece of Africa. Because it's our own sanctuary, you won't bump into other safari-goers anywhere on Kisampa. We keep your experience intimate and personal. This is an adventure that will get you thinking. It will stretch your mind (just as much as your legs) and Africa will get under your skin. Welcome to Kisampa - Where Africa awakens your soul! ... more less
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