Lake Eyasi is isolated and little visited, yet it is only about a 2 hour detour from the route between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is the very best place to stay here.
Set within a beautiful natural palm and acacia forest with a colossal rock as a backdrop, Kisima Ngeda is an intimate tented lodge on the shores of Lake Eyasi, with sweeping views towards the Rift. Across this huge, seasonal soda lake that stretches away in front of camp, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2000ft up into the Endulen area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning view.
There are just comfortable seven en-suite tents at Kisima Ngeda, each built under a wood and thatch structure. The excellent service at Kisima Ngeda Camp and its simple rustic style makes this camp very appealing. There is an open dining room and bar, and a platform hidden in the reeds near the spring which is ideal for a romantic dinner under the stars or for birdwatching.
From the tents there are superb views of the lake and its birdlife, including flamingos and Egyptian geese. A spring provides water for a beautiful swimming oasis where there are two huts equipped with beach-beds and lounging chairs, ideal for sunbathing
The camp offers an exclusive destination plus amazing scenery and a chance to visit the Hadzabe, one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes. You can also visit the Datoga blacksmith or the Datoga cultural boma before returning to the camp in time for sunset and sundowners overlooking the lake. You might even spot the two hippos that still live in the vicinity. You can also make use of the mountain bikes provided by the camp or go walking and bird watching on the premises. There are several trails across the palm and acacia forest and a whole lakeshore to explore at will and without the need of a guide. If you wish you can venture into the villages nearby.
Location: Kisima Ngeda is down by Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. It lies at the bottom of the escarpment to the south west of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the turnoff near Karatu Village (about halfway between Ngorongoro and Manyara) it is about a 2 hour drive.
Rooms: There are 7 spacious tented underneath and wood thatch structure. All are en-suite, and with great views over the lake.
Activities: You could simply come here to relax in a very quiet, remote and beautiful setting! However, you can also do some good hiking around here, possibly meet some of the Hadzabe tribes of hunter-gatherers, go mountain biking, and also visit some of the local Datoga people too.
Facilities: There is a restaurant, bar, and a lovely swimming pool.
Children: Children are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Youâ€™re not going to be communicating with the outside world from here!
Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is committed to making sure the village communities benefit from a direct income from tourism and in 2007 they set up the Eyasi Trust Foundation to formalise the support measures already in place for the village and the inhabitants of the region.
The camp itself pays a voluntary village fee to two villages, this contribution has become the highest single source of income for the villages and the money has allowed a payment of a salary to village employees, has contributed to the building of schools and public buildings, and the provision of food at village committee meetings.
Kisima Ngeda also uses locally sourced produce and materials, the mats in the tents are made by women from the village, the chairs in restaurant are made by a talented villager, and the decorations made by a local blacksmith. The camp itself is mostly built using local materials and its builders were all local too. Even plastic water bottles are given to and re-used by the local fishermen as floaters for their nets.
Besides an incredible view and amazing sunsets, you'll get delicious freshly cooked meals made with locally produced ingredients and you'll have become part of this productive relationship between the camp and the villagers.