Location: Ndarakwai Camp is situated in West Kilimanjaro on the 11,000 acres Ndarakwai Ranch, nestled in a lush forest of towering fig, and yellow-barked acacias that line the seasonal Ngare Nairobi River with views of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. The privately owned ranch is an experiment in self-sustaining conservation preserving a variety of habitats that are home to over 65 mammal species, and 350 bird species, and is part of the Amboseli / Ngasurai basin ecosystem and helps to preserve important seasonal elephant routes.
Accommodation: The camp has 12 spacious tents built of materials obtained locally, all with thatched roof and net windows, en suite bathrooms with safari-style showers. Hot showers are provided at any time of day, but keep water impact low through collecting rainwater and using compost toilets. Water is heated with twigs and camp waste in fuel-efficient boilers. Candlelight and kerosene lanterns provide romantic evening light. No electricity is used in the camp except in the reception area to charge camera batteries and power the wireless internet.
Facilities & Services: Meals are prepared on propane stoves and in an insulated clay oven, and served in a separate dining area catering to a maximum of 24 guests. Mealtimes are flexible and picnic lunches, bush breakfasts, and a bush campfire & bar can easily be arranged with your guide and the camp Manager. In the evening guests can gather around either of 2 indoor fireplaces, or an outdoor campfire for snacks and sundowners. Other activities include guided full or half day walks with emphasis on game or bird watching, day and night game drives, visit to local Maasai villages and buy authentic beaded jewelry, visit the tree house where you can watch game at the waterhole and with prior arrangement you can go for half or full day horse rides.