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Tindiga Tented Camp
Ranked #31 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
New York City, New York
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117 reviews
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“Great staff, peaceful, private, great food and a great experience!”
Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed at Tindiga Tented Camp for 2 nights while we were in the area visiting the Habzebe and Datoga tribes. The location was very remote but it was nice to enjoy some real peace and quiet (which may be too quite it you like busy surroundings!). They did a great job given how remote it is, and there is no electricity in the tents or the main area! The tents were spacious and comfortable with the nice place to lay out the front of the tent to read a book. They could look to sew up some of the holes on their mosquito nets though! Also it would have been nice if the back bathroom area was also covered by the mosquito net/tent area as well. The beds was comfortable and the place was clean given it was a tent and there was hot water showers! At night they would put lanterns in the tents for light.

When we arrived we were greeted with juice and a towel. In general the staff were amazingly attentive (maybe as we were the only guests on one night!) and the food was the best we had the entire trip (better than food at the serena and sopa lodges) though they were set menus. Food quantity was generous and all the courses were delicious including the coffee. The pool wasn't filled when we went in late March which may have been nice to have a dip. You get used to not having electricity - remember you're in the middle of nowhere in Africa so don't expect too much and enjoy the nature surroundings! We actually enjoyed the lantern lit pathways at night as it created such a nice ambiance with nature around! Bring mosquito repellent! Would definitely recommend a stay here for something different to regular lodge/hotel stays!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2010

We spent one night at Tindiga during February 2010 and had a wonderful experience. First of all I'd like to clarify a few things from the last review. They have apparently made some upgrades since his stay. We had a hotwater shower....of course when the staff showed it to us...they were looking VERY proud of it, so I think this is a new addition to the camp. And I don't remember the drain specifically, but our water didn't run onto the bathroom floor, so apparently drains are now present. There was also electricity in the tents, so no Kerosene lamps. The restaurant/bar/reception area was small and cozy. We loved it. The rooms were spacious and the beds very comfortable. The whole staff was exceptionally nice. We almost wished we had time to stay here for another night. There is a pool, but its very small and wasn't functioning when we were there. He wasn't lieing about the warriors around the tents...startled the heck out of me...I swear they come up out of nowhere to walk you to your tents!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

We stayed here as part of a safari with Roy Safaris (excellent) for 2 nights late December. Considering the remote area & what we had been expecting as far as accommodation went Tindiga was something of a pleasant surprise.

Tourism is in it's absolute infancy in this area so you have to remember that before you are too critical. We came to Lake Eyasi not to see wildlife but to meet some of the Hadzabe & Datoga people. In the case of the Hadzabe they are some of the last Hunter - Gatherers left on Earth & to spend time with them hunting & watching them is an experience we will never forget. No glossy tourism here - just the real thing.

The lodge has a small reception area which also serves as the Restaurant / Bar area, from this a gravel path winds off to the tents. The tents are surprisingly large & the beds very comfortable, actually the tents haven't been placed too close together so there is a degree of privacy.

There are effectively 2 "rooms" in the tents divided by canvas flaps. The sleeping area is large & there is a huge chest with a massive padlock on it you can put your valuables in just inside the entrance. The bathroom at the rear of the tent consists of a flush toilet with a hanging canvas door. I think flush toilets would be something of a rarity here & there was a problem with it flushing so you had to remove the porcelain lid & fiddle most times to get it to flush, I never quite figured out why but wonder if it hadn't been put together quite right. Sometimes you could be lucky & it would flush by just pushing the button. At the opposite side of the bathroom was a shower again with a hanging canvas door. It was a cold shower only and strangely enough there was a concrete rim around the concrete base but no drain exit at all so it just overflowed and took the quickest way downhill which was right through the middle of the bathroom and toilet area. So we learned to wait until the thirsty ground had absorbed the water before going back into the bathroom area. There was a bucket placed in the shower & apparantly they would fill it with hot water if required but we preferred a proper shower, cold & messy as it was! We discovered during the night the security men turned off the water as it apparantly leaked somewhere on the property so if you rose during the night and used the bathroom you couldn't wash your hands afterwards.

There is no electricity in the tents so you have kerosene lighting. We removed the lanterns & placed them outside as we don't like the smell of kerosene & we had our own LED lighting with us.

You will be thinking by now this place sounds like hell!, however its redeeming feature was the food - it was surprisingly good home cooked food. There wasn't a choice but every meal we had here was very very good indeed. On the second afternoon we drank a bottle of Cab Sav whilst sitting outside the tent in the comfy chairs & a young man delivered it to us with fresh popcorn which we hadn't asked for & didn't have to pay for - now that was style.

If you can tolerate these sort of conditions it is worth a side trip to Lake Eyasi to meet these wonderful people. The staff at Tindiga are very special indeed and provided us with some of the best service we had in Africa. We came here not expecting much & despite some problems enjoyed every minute of it. Even arriving back at our tent one night & finding a Datoga warrior guarding it for us complete with his Bow & Arrow! If you are adventurous an amazing experience awaits you at Tindiga.

If you want to read a trip report of our time in Tanzania you can find it by looking at my contributions.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tindiga Tented Camp
Address: Qaund_ded Village | Lake Eyasi, Karatu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Karatu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Tindiga Tented Camp 1*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud to present our Tindiga Tented Camp: a beautiful and smalltraditional camp, ideally situated only 1,5 kilometers from the stunning Lake Eyasi. This great landscape is home to the indigenous bushman, the Hadzabe, and the nomadic Datoga tribe. This is the only place in Africa where you can go hunting with the Hadzabe, the last known tribe that lives by hunting and gathering honey and fruit.Tindiga Tented Camp is situated on a hill overlooking the shrubland of the Eyasi Ecosystem, with Mount Masumbuku in the west and the hills of the Ngorongoro area in the north, offering a magnificent view. The camp has 10 spacious tents with en-suite bathroom, containing a shower and flush toilet.With only 10 tents the camp is small and offers a personalized service and quality. The camp blends in beautifully with the natural environment and is run with an eco-friendly approach; protecting and preserving the natural resources. The camps restaurant is built by Datoga women, reflecting their culture and lifestyle. Staying at Tindiga Tented Camp offers a unique and ultimate “Africa experience.” ... more   less 
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