Kisima Ngeda Camp is located on the eastern shore of Lake Eyasi. The camp has seven permanent tents set in the shade of a grove of doum palms, with magnificent views across the soda lake to the 3,000 ft escarpment on the other side. To the north are the Ngorongoro Highlands. Scenically, this area is stunning.
The tents, each of which is built under a thatched structure, are ingeniously made almost entirely of palm (thatch and poles) and with scrupulous attention to the use of ecologically sound materials. The camp is run by Chris and Nani Schmelling, who have been farming in the area for many years. Having grown up in the area, Chris knows many of the tribe well.
Let me say first that I realize, in order to stay within our budget, we had to stay at some of the larger places in order to be able to stay at the preferred tented camps as well as Tarangire Treetops.
Karen Blixen Cottages - VERY GOOD. The room was quite beautiful. However, the staff wasn't ready with our breakfast at 6 the next morning so we had to just grab something and run to head off for our flight.
Tortilis Camp - EXCELLENT. I loved everything about it: managers and staff, accommodations, and the food was great. We also enjoyed a nature walk with Jonathan (one of the Maasai). It was hard to say "goodbye" and move on!
Mara Serena Safari Lodge - GOOD. Not too crazy about this place. The view was fabulous, but there are SO many children that it was quite noisy. The room was nice, but the food was just okay.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp - VERY GOOD. Liked this one better because it was smaller. The food was good.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - VERY GOOD. Although this was a large hotel, it was well managed and the guests were mainly adults so it was a much calmer atmosphere than the Mara Serena. The room was nice and the food was very good.
Kisima Ngeda Camp - EXCELLENT. Just like Tortilis - I loved everything about it. The managers and the staff were fabulous. The tent was very nice and the food was great. I hated to leave! Also, the local guide, Elihakim, was a welcome addition to our group!
Tarangire Treetops Camp - EXCELLENT. Loved this place as well. Everything was fabulous: the managers, the staff, the food. I felt like I was really in a tree house. It was fantastic! We had a very enjoyable nature walk with John and a Maasai and had two great night game drives as well. I actually had tears in my eyes as we were leaving!Read More
- Cheryl Hillery
As far as the accommodations went I was really pleasantly surprised. The view at the Tarangire Safari Lodge was like no other. We sat there for countless hours watching all types of animals. Kisima Ngeda Camp was paradise! (Kyle, I remember calling you asking why I would want to stay on a lake when there was no water and you assured me it was worth it -thank you!) Chris and Nani were the most welcoming, gracious hosts and the place and food were amazing! The Ngorongoro Farm house was beautiful and my son fell in love with the four security guards dogs the roam around the premises. Finally the Serengeti Shared camp was an experience , and it was great meeting and talking to all of your other clients! Every night my son would help the staff get the fire going while we enjoyed the most incredible sunset. The service and staff everywhere was excellent.Read More