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Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Lake Eyasi, Tanzania

1/2 Lake Eyasi
© Kisima Ndega Lake Eyasi
2/2 Lake Eyasi
© Kisima Ndega Lake Eyasi

Not a game experience, but interesting cultural goings-on

Guide Price: From: $200 To: $225

Kisima Ngeda is a small tented camp on the shore of Lake Eyasi, a large soda lake that lies in the floor of the rift valley under the Ngorongoro Highlands. It's a great example of a well-run, owner-operated camp, set in the shade of a grove of doum palms, on the eastern shore of the lake. Views across the soda lake to the 3000 ft escarpment on the other side are magnificent.

The camp belongs to Chris Schmelling - whose family have been farming in the area for many years - and George Mavroudis. The camp is supplied at least in part by the superb food - including smoked tilapia fillet and black forest smoked ham -that they themselves produce on the farm. This area is where the Wahadzabe hunter-gatherers live. Having grown up in the area, Chris knows many of the tribe well and it's fascinating to spend some time with them seeing the way they live.

There are only seven tents, each of which is built under a thatched structure, ingeniously made almost entirely of palm (thatch and poles) and with scrupulous attention to the use of ecologically sound materials. There are no pretensions here (no sign of rose petals on the pillow) and the excellent service combined with a simple elegance, makes this camp very appealing for a night or two. 

The recent addition of a swimming pool makes this a great place to be able to kick back and do nothing fow a while.  The location of this camp is scenically stunning with great views to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands with Lemagrut and Ol Deani mountains (both extinct volcanoes and close to 10,000 ft) in the foreground.

Accommodation:

Guide Price:

From: 200 To: 225

Experience:

Not a game experience, but interesting cultural goings-on

Inclusions / Exclusions:

price includes all food and drinks and accomodation, laundry and activities.

Age Restrictions:
all ages welcome
Electricity:
generator power
Rooms:
5
Bathroom:
all ensuite with hot showers and flushing loos
Open/Closed
closed mid april to mid may

About Lake Eyasi and Tanzania

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Lake Eyasi
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Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi

Though not really a game destination, Lake Eyasi, just south of the Serengeti, is a wild, scenically stunning area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of some of Tanzania's fascinating tribes, most notably the Wahadzabe and Datoga peoples. Lake Eyasi is about ninety miles to the south west of Arusha and a drive of around five hours on some fairly rough sections of road.  This is the same road you take to get to the Ngorongoro Crater and Highlands, but divides in Karatu, just below the Crater rim after which it can often be horrific, from the pounding at the hands of the 'onion lorries' that service the increasing number of farms in the area . The north-eastern tip of the lake lies in the shadow of Oldeani Mountain on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Lake Eyasi lies in one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley, it runs northeast - southwest for a distance of about fifty miles below the impressive three thousand foot escarpment, which forms the south-eastern boundary of the Serengeti National Park and Maswa game reserve. To the southeast of the lake is the Yaida valley, home to the Wahadzabe tribe of hunter-gatherers.  Eyasi isnt somewhere to come in search of game, but it is an interesting part of Tanzania to see if you're prepared for a bit of slow time.  Flamingos, pelicans and plenty of other waders frequent the shallow soda lake and there is some good walking to be had in the form of expeditions from the Ngorongoro Highlands down to the lake shore. Read more?

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