If you like peace and quiet or need constant stimulation, this is the place for you!
I had arrived with three other friends from Arusha, Tanzania, Africa, to this most outstanding ranch that I have honestly speaking, ever seen in my entire years of living.
I have been to other lodges and ranches but this one, this one was something special.
As soon as we got to the camp, we were served with a cold refreshing drink, which was just what we needed. Excellent greeting! :)
We had come with tents because we decided to camp "out in the wild" so they say. :)
We did get a look at the rooms, and I would love to share that the rooms are all tented rooms and surrounded by beautiful bush, filled with bush animals. That when you closed your eyes, you could hear the sound of nature wriggle and animals echoing. Astonishing sounds, relaxing sounds, vacation sounds, most of all I think, therapeutic sounds for sure.
"Mother nature sure has a way of surprising you. :)"
We were taken on a game drive by Eric Jones, where we saw a whole bunch of zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, all sorts of different birds, bush bucks, impalas, etc..
It was the most beautiful experience.
Especially driving back to camp after the game drive with the view of mountains and the sunset in the background!
It was just so fascinating that we didn't want the sun to set and go back to camp! :(
Later on that evening, we went for a relaxing social hang out on the porch of the dining area, where there you were given cut up bananas and the Bush Babies would come, and eat bananas from your hand. Amazing experience, such soft animals that nibble on your hand as they eat. They were so cute I wanted to take one home soooo bad.
Adorable little creature.
That night we had head back to our tents, passed out as soon as our heads hit the pillow, had an amazing day and a good night of sleep. But the most magical part of it all, was waking up to a beautiful sunrise, hear the birds chirping and the animals ranting...
"Ndarakwai.. You're overwhelming with happiness in my soul! :)"
Now don't get me started about the food!
One main thing I have to mention before I start! I'm usually not a soup eater, but... I couldn't resist the most outrageous taste of the soups I was served, incredible!
First night we had a fixed menu of green banana soup, beef lasagne, boiled veggies, home grown green salad, fresh baked bread, followed by the sweet taste of crème caramel.
The following morning for breakfast, we had home made granola, extremely good. Pancakes, toppings, fresh bread, fresh fruits, coffee, tea... A choice of eggs, bacon, hash browns, etc.. Was a great pampered morning. :)
We had a BBQ with goat making it's way into our belly's, followed by a side table of delicious side dishes, to go along with your goat. Cold avocado soup, pasta, hummus, greens, green salad, coleslaw salad, aubergine salad, sauces, fresh peta bread, etc..
Was an amazing, tummy filling lunch!
The food was out of this world, delicious, filling, cooked with a full heart.
Service was excellent, royalty felt at 100% I must say.
Sad part of it all, we had come for one night, which was very short.
We wished we could have stayed longer, but some of us had to get back to work.
Ndarakwai Ranch was an experience I will cherish and never forget!
PS: Ndarakwai... Is an extremely romantic honeymoon spot, for those of you who are looking for a location. :)
Thank you Eric Jones for an incredible experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Started in 1994, Ndarakwai is a unique success story of land and wildlife rehabilitation, the first of its kind in Tanzania. With about 70 mammal species and over 350 bird species in a combination of high long grass plains, classic Acacia savannah, Commiphora thickets, and riparian habitats, a stay at Ndarakwai is a great addition to any safari itinerary. Ndarakwai Camp, with 14 large comfortable and individually decorated tents, is set at 4200 feet in the midst of an 11,000 acre privately-owned ranch in Siha District, West Kilimanjaro. Ndarakwai offers a high degree of personalized service, attention to detail, great food, as well as a wide variety of excellent wildlife related activities, cultural experiences, and excursions. What really sets us apart from National parks is our ability to offer half and full day walks with an experienced guide, as well as night game drives. These are two things you are not able to do in the parks. If it is birding on foot, or searching for nocturnal animals by spotlight, Ndarakwai is for you! Ndarakwai strives to be the best in luxury tented camping while maintaining the principles of responsible environmental stewardship. Extensive use of solar power (for electricity and hot water), the use of clay ovens for cooking, preference for local produce, combined with 11,000 protected acres of bush and woodland give confidence the camp is being established as carbon neutral. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ndarakwai Ranch Camp Hotel Moshi
- Ndarakwai Ranch Camp Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro