Ndarakwai Lodge is a permanent tented lodge on an 11,000 acre privately owned ranch in West Kilimanjaro. The ranch dates back to 1994 and has been a great success in land and wildlife rehabilitation. There are now some 70 species of mammals and 350 species of birds, making this a great wildlife destination. With stunning scenery and views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this is also a wonderful place in which to relax. Ndarakwai is just 40 miles north of Kilimanjaro International Airport, so is easily accessible.
The lodge is built from local materials and is staffed by people from nearby villages and has close ties to the local communities. Accommodation is in 16 spacious tents with thatched roofs, en-suite bathrooms featuring safari-style showers and private verandas. The tents are set on raised wooden platforms and are spaced well apart. Food is a highlight and is served in the dedicated dining area or by the campfire. Bush breakfasts and picnic lunches can also arranged. In the evening guests can congregate around one of the two indoor fireplaces or the campfire, to enjoy snacks and sundowners before dinner.
This area is a combination of high long grass plains, acacia savannah and water courses and is home to a vast range of animal and bird life. Activities include game drives in open-sided vehicles both by day and night, guided walks and hikes on Kilimanjaro. It is possible to visit local Maasai villages and markets.
Open: Ndarakwai is open all year, though may close in April and/or November depending on bookings.
Location: Ndarakwai is located on the slopes of West Kilimanjaro at an altitude of 1,350 metres. It is set in a private concession (Ndarakwai Ranch) of 4,500 hectares. It can be reached from Arusha in about 2 hours in a 4x4 vehicle. There is an airstrip 5 minutes' drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 16 large tents with en-suite facilities comprising a shower, hand basin and flush toilet. Tents are set on raised wooden decks and have thatched roofs and net windows. There is a lockable trunk in each tent.
Activities: Ndarakwai offers game drive, night drives, guided walks, bird watching, forest walks to see colobus monkeys, Maasai village visits, hikes on Kilimanjaro and day trips to Arusha National Park.
Facilities: There is a large dining / bar / lounge area next to the river and 2 indoor fireplaces plus an outdoor campfire. Food is sourced from the ranch or grown nearby. There is a spacious pavilion for meetings, workshops, yoga etc. There is a massage service. The lodge has a treehouse overlooking a waterhole for game viewing and sundowners. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken communally. Much of the produce comes from the ranch or is grown nearby.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to Tanzania.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access at reception.
Notes: The lodge accepts major credit cards.
This remote camp supports an 11,000 acre ranch which is solely devoted to wildlife (i.e. no livestock). They run their own charity- The Kilimanjaro Conservancy - which gives funds from the lodge to wildlife & community work.
"Interesting site in the hilly country between Mt.Kilimanjaro and Mt.Meru, very friendly staff, also the manager couple, very personal to us. We felt secure, even on our first walking safari. Leopards, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland... around. Good food. Close contact to Maasai village! Impressive!"