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Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Eyasi, a seasonal soda lake in northern Tanzania. From the lake one has sweeping views toward the Rift Valley, which was formed by volcanic activity in ancient times. With the lake as stunning backdrop, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The camp is close to the shores of the lake in a Llala palm and acacia forest. The area is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes. Another local tribe is the waDatoga, a pastoral group like the Maasai. Kisima Ngeda is approximately 4 1/2 hours by road from Arusha, two hours from the Ngorongoro Crater, and half a day’s drive to the Serengeti.

A visit here is not about the wildlife particularly, but rater the opportunity to encounter the culture of an extraordinary part of Tanzania. In addition, the appeal of the camp is apparent given its position near the lake. The waterfowl is a particular attraction. This is especially true of the huge flocks of Flamingo, with their strange head-down feeding stance, pink undershirts, and stork-like thin legs.

Kisima Ngeda has seven tents under a thatched canopy made from the very Llala palm in which the camp rests. The building materials have not been harvested from living palms trees but from dead or fallen palms. The tents are well furnished and have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

Both the service and food at Kisima Ngeda are very good, and much of the food is produced on the farm, including meat and fish. The latter is from a fish farm on the property, courtesy of a natural spring. This same spring also feeds a wonderful swimming “pool,” on whose edge sit two huts with beach-beds and sun-lounging chairs. An open dining room and bar are ideal for relaxation, bird watching, or dinner under the stars.

Favorite activities include spending a day visiting the Wahadzabe and waDatoga, seeing what crafts the local silversmiths produce, walking the trails, mountain biking, and canoeing the lake shores while bird-watching.

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