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Ndarakwai Ranch Camp
Ranked #10 of 75 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Reviewed 22 April 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days the end of March at the beginning of our 3 week safari. Upon arrival, my first thought was "I never want to leave". It was the perfect place to recover from our jet lag and be introduced to the wonders of Tanzania. We saw so many animals including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, a group of 12 elephants, spring hare (a long-tailed rabbit, how remarkable!), warthog, baboon, and too many others to note along with many, many birds. The food was delicious and the portions too generous. The accommodations were lovely with the path lighted by lanterns to guide you at night. We were so spoiled by the staff who were always friendly and attentive. When I sent my slacks to be laundered and forgot to empty my pockets (due to my jet-lagged stupor) all cash and the credit card were returned to me intact.

March was a wonderful time to be there, the weather was perfect and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Hi LTT13,
Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure having you at Ndarakwai and we are glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay. Thats great you were able to see Spring Hare on your night game drive! All the best, and thank you for the recommendation!

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

My husband and I went to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro 9 days, and go on safari (8 days). At the end of our trip we stayed at Ndarakwai Ranch. We felt so lucky our outfitter had recommended it! The tents are beautifully decorated with antique wooden furniture, private showers and flush toilets. The animals wander through in a relaxed fashion. While we had a table for 2 in the dining room, it was natural to talk to all the other guests, all of whom had interesting stories about their journeys to and out of Africa. We met the owner, Peter Jones, and his son, Director, Eric Jones - they are so welcoming and creative. We listened to Peter speak with some expats from nearby Moshi about creating sustainable fishing habitat in the nearby community which would serve both the community and provide fish for the restaurant. We went to visit a Masai village (without the commercialism and greedy attitudes of those in Serengeti). We went on a night safari drive around the ranch. A walking safari was also a treat. The staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly. They have many areas available for sitting and reading, or having a glass of wine before dinner, or just chatting and soaking up the environment.
If you go to Tanzania - this is worth making part of your itinerary - we highly recommend it. Some start their trip to Kili by staying here, I recommend it as a respite after the climb as well. You will feel as though you really visited Africa.

Room Tip: All their tents are located at a comfortable distance from one another. We stayed in one and used an...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Hi Sally,
I am very glad you enjoyed your stay with us, i hope the rest of your trip went well! We are still working on creating a sustainable fish farm close by, and are also in the process of supplying people in the community with bee hives as a potential honey business too. Thanks again for you review and i hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Tanzania!

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Ndarakwai Ranch is one of those remarkable places you feel privileged to visit even once in your life. Straight out of a Hemingway novel, the property is distinctive in a variety of ways - raised platform "tents" provide more luxury than most brick-and-mortar hotel rooms, the surrounding lands are teeming with natural beauty and wildlife, and the staff is beyond amazing & helpful. My wife and I stayed here with our group that was going on to hike Kilimanjaro, so we only had one night at Ndarakwai, but we could have easily stayed 4 or 5 days. All guest needs are provided for on-property, with fantastic dining options and even wi-fi in the reception area. You are truly a part of the landscape while at Ndarakwai and we even got to watch baboons romp on the opposite stream bank from our lunch seats. We even got to take a nature walk in the afternoon and came upon herds of zebra, cape buffalo and wildebeest before venturing on to the "tree house" and watching more wildlife from an elevated perch. Truly an outstanding and memorable experience in the middle of wild Africa!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Hi Andrew,
I'm really glad you enjoyed your time with us! The afternoon game walk with sundowners at the treehouse is the perfect combination. Hope you all made it up the mountain!

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Ndarakwai is a special place in Tanzania and a special place in Africa. Well within an hours drive from Kilimanjaro international airport, I was astounded how quickly I felt myself stepping into Africa of old. The ranch sits amid seven hills between Kilimanjaro and her sister Mount Meru, and is picturesque and evocative to days gone by as one could imagine, yet firmly looks forward to the future of the wild spaces of Africa through tangibly effective environmental stewardship. The camp is lovely, organically laid out and constructed or natural materials and know how. All the spaces invite nature in, or rather do not attempt to stand apart. The spacious tents are supremely comfortable and well appointed with all amenities and comfortable, characterful beds. Unlike many luxury camps in Africa there was no shortage of hot water at any point during my stay, a feat accomplished by well engineered and maintained solar systems.
Every meal was delicious, prepared and presented by smiling staff the food of itself speaks of homesteads and country kitchens while still catering to all contemporary tastes and requirements.
For any nature lover, anyone taken by majestic trees and tiny jeweled orchids, Ndarakwai is a dream come true. The variety of bird life, of wild game and potential experiences, defy convention. Morning, daytime, evening and night all allow for an opportunity to see that one new species, that one moment of relaxed, natural behavior that all naturalists seek. One has only to keep their eyes open, and Mother Nature here provides such theatre on all scales.
Overall, I would, and shall, return to Ndarakwai, for the simple reason that I am certain what I will find in terms of welcome and hospitality, and yet tantalizingly, I do not know what I will find in terms of adventure. Anyone in this part of the world would be sore to miss it.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Ndarakwai, Owner at Ndarakwai Ranch Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2014

Hi Neil,

Thanks for the review! It was great meeting you during your visit and i'm glad you enjoyed your stay. You are most welcome anytime!

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed at Ndarakwai the night before starting a Kilimanjaro climb. It was wonderfully relaxing - we had everything we needed or wanted and at the same time felt part of the natural habitat. The dining area and reception area are all open buildings so you could hear and see the wildlife and the luxury tents were amazing. So simple and eco friendly - yet elegant. Our afternoon hike was great and dinner excellent. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms - each guest house (tent) is tucked away in the trees.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Some friends and I came here for a day trip to go on a game drive and have a delicious lunch. The ranch is amazing, stunning views in every direction. And while on the game drive we got to see plenty of game, there was definitely no shortage of animals for our up close and personal viewing pleasure. Not to mention one of the highlights - we got to meet a couple of beautiful and friendly resident elephants of the ranch. What an unforgettable experience! Aside from being a naturally beautiful place, the rooms and facilities were amazing. Although we didn't stay the night this time, we will definitely be back to experience a stay in one of the beautiful luxury tent rooms. The staff was also great - friendly, helpful, and everyone had a great attitude. We also had a very tasty buffet lunch to top off a great day. Basically everything about this place is high quality and it's obvious the people in charge pride themselves on this and providing the best experience for their guests.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Ndarakwai was the first stop on our African adventure. We stayed there about a year ago and had an amazing time. Upon arriving we were warmly welcomed by the staff and made to feel like we were at a home away from home. From the open welcome area to the majestic open air dining area to the unique tented villas, we loved every corner.

The food was wonderful and had a splendid rotation throughout our stay. The staff was eager to teach us what everything was and throw in vocabulary to get you accustom to the region. One highlight was the bush babies coming out in the evening, be sure to ask the bartender for some bananas so you can get a chance to feed them, they're adorable.

The tents are unlike anything I've ever seen. You wander down wondrous paths that make you feel like you're a little kid on a secret adventure. Once at your tent you feel as if you are the only person on earth, they are comfortable secluded but at the same time you feel as if you needed someone they would be there within a few minutes. We had a wonderful view of the forest where we woke up to a view of monkeys playing a game of tag every morning. I loved the coffee service, we would sit on the back porch and take in the morning air before our days adventures. The beds are amazingly comfortable, and the addition of the hot water bottle in the evening made you fall asleep in no time. The showers and bathrooms are modern, with an open air feel. You'll love the showers, trust me!

The activities are comfortably planned by the staff. The game drives are all unique and each take you on a different adventure through the reserve. We were so lucky to have Thomas as our guide throughout our stay. He was so knowledgeable. He opened the door to a apart of the world you can't get a fraction of a glimpse of through books or TV. You truly have to be here to experience the beauty of the land and passion of people like Thomas, who have lived here and seem to recognize every nuance. One of our fondest memories was visiting the Masai village, he thought us how to interact with the tribe and showed us how his beautiful people live. We brought school supplies we collected before our trip and Thomas took us to a local school to drop them off and meet the school children and teachers. That was a lovely experience. We learned so much about the local wildlife and have a greater appreciation for how crucial their survival is to the ranch, Tanzania and the world. We had the opertunity to do a night drive, I've never seen so many stars in my life. You can see the Milky Way galaxy light up! We also loved the sunset tree-house experience, so magical.

The stories I have from these few days could fill a lifetime of tales to tell. Thank you, Ndarkwai, for the wonderful stay. I love following your updates online, they always provide a nice pause during the day to reflect on our life-altering stay at your ranch.

Room Tip: All are wonderful, let them choose for you.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Address: | On the slopes of West Kilimanjaro, Moshi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 75 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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