Ndarakwai is a 10,000 acre (4,000 hectare) private wildlife conservation area located in the foothills west of Mt. Kilimanjaro, between Amboseli and about one and a half hours’ drive from Arusha. The area is dominated by acacia woodlands. There is permanent water – a key element in making it a haven for wildlife – especially in the dry season. Over 60 species of mammals and over 340 species of birds have been recorded on the reserve.
Ndarakwai Ranch features 15 tents under thatch with private verandahs and en suite bathrooms. The authentic charm of the camp extends to the staff with an attention to detail and service. The chef makes use of the extensive vegetable garden for the delicious home-style cuisine. In the evening join other guests around the camp fire for a nightcap and to hear about the history and sustainability of the camp.
A percentage of every guest’s overnight charge goes to The Kilimanjaro Conservancy, a locally registered non-profit organization, which undertakes community anti-poaching activities on and around Ndarakwai, supports local schools, and generally promotes any initiative to reduce human/wildlife conflict.
You can participate in guided full or half-day walks, longer hikes, day and night game drives, or just relax at the camp. The tree house is a favorite destination where, during the dry seasons, guests are likely to gaze down at a herd of elephants at the waterhole.
A wide variety of cultural activities are offered, including meeting and walking with Ranch game scouts, who protect the wildlife; or visiting local Maasai villages set in classic African acacia landscape, and buying authentic beaded jewelry. (Please request information on voluntourism opportunities in the community and on game counts).
An optional activity offered is the elephant interaction to meet the ranch’s two habituated elephants (additional fees apply – please pre-arrange prior to arrival). This exclusive activity is limited to two guests in the morning and afternoon.