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.
The selection of lodging was superb. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, and congenial. The sequencing of the parks was like a symphony, each part flowing and building with the next, with the finale being the Mountain Gorillas.
Machweo Wellness Retreat: Beautiful location, outstanding service. Unfortunately, none of us were there long enough to fully appreciate the amenities.
Ndarakwai Ranch: Rustic, natural, inviting accommodations. Eric, our host, and his entire staff were friendly, helpful, inviting, entertaining, and professional. Really liked this location because the staff was so great. Great way to start our safari adventure.
Olakira Mara: What a beautiful site for a camp. The staff was friendly, interested, attentive, professional. From the top management down everyone made us feel at home. Tents, food, service were all top notch.
Kigali Serena Hotel: Outstanding hotel and staff. Attentive to our every need or want, eager to please. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, food delicious, service excellent, location perfect.
Jack Hanna's House: Beautiful location. Felt like being home. Staff was exceptionally efficient, friendly, professional. Probably more than we needed since our group had shrunk to 3, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.Read More
- Liz and Mike Lang
Ndarakwai Ranchi: It was the perfect first stop. The place is stunningly beautiful. The tents are sublime, with just what you want for comfort, but not over the top and all in a tent. The central area has the same feel with it's open space and overall comfort. There is a simplicity, but also a kind of elegance to the whole place…
The Serengeti Mobile Camp: Amazing! Again, the people were so incredibly sweet! They clearly work hard! They also went out of their way to make sure our mother was comfortable and at ease. They were so joyful, helpful, and fun. We instantly felt at home. And of course it is such an experience to live so close to the natural environment of Tanzania. This is a must experience!!
Lemala Kuria Hills: This was far more luxury than we are used to, and at first we thought we were going to be uncomfortable. But this place is out of this world. It is stunningly beautiful. Every detail is done tastefully and thoughtfully. It is such luxury, but has managed to create a design that still fits with the landscape. And, again, the people were amazing. They are the reason we felt so at ease. Every person there was joyful and helpful. Again, we felt like we could make real relationships. It was blissful.
School Visit: I also want to mention how meaningful it was to us to be able to visit a school. We asked Ephata if it might be possible since I am a teacher, and he made it happen. The kids were spirited, singing us a song, and the teachers were so committed. It was illuminating and deeply moving. It felt like one of the most important moments of our trip.Read More
- Susan McCray, Yvette Pratt, Collette Pratt, & Jean Pratt Beuoy