Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the north eastern shores of Lake Eyasi at an altitude of 3,400 feet (1,040M), with sweeping views toward the Rift. Across this seasonal soda lake, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning backdrop. The camp is beautifully set in a date palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.

Sitting in a small forest of acacias on the edge of a spring the camp is designed to blend in with the natural environment. Constructed almost entirely with palms and trees from the family’s property, each of Kisima Ngeda’s seven tents are built on a permanent wooden platform with a palm thatched roof, a hand carved bed, and an enclosed bathroom and shower with hot water, the tents are carefully created to be low-impact, spacious, and totally comfortable, each has a stunning view of the lake.

A melting pot of culture, Kisima Ngeda offers a different experience from what you’ll find on a traditional safari. Here, you can actually get out of the car — you can explore the trails around the lake, canoe along the shore, mountain bike by baobobs and acacias, walk through nearby tribal villages, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful lake views (especially at sunset on top of the rock). While it’s possible to see some wildlife, what makes Kisima Ngeda truly special is the opportunity to visit with the local tribes. The waDatoga are a pastoral group like the Maasai, and its interesting to visit their local blacksmith or a Datoga boma. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.

About 4 1/2 hours driving time from Arusha, the camp is 2 hours away from the Ngorongoro Crater and about a half day’s drive to the Serengeti

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All our tents are built on a permanant platform with a palm thatched roof. Each tent is spacious and comfortable with an enclosed bathroom and shower with hot water. The tents are carefully created to be low impact and blend in with the natural environment. Each has a stunning view of the lake.

Reviews

Jane and Peter Little

Thank you David for helping us organize a wonderful trip. We stayed two nights Pom Pom Camp which was outstanding. The welcoming atmosphere was perfect after two days of air travel from Canada. The peaceful setting, delicious food, luxurious accommodation and wonderful hosts, Balou and Tessa, made our stay exceptional. We even saw a leopard stretched out on a tree limb over her kill. Thank you Rams for the great guided tours.

Moremi Crossing was very enjoyable with several mokoro and boat rides and also walks which were most informative. Thanks to EB our very informative guide. The food here was also very good and the deck open to the Delta waters with elephants grazing was very relaxing. In both lodges we had our own private decks and soaked up the peaceful atmosphere, bird calls, animals in the distance (and up close!) and expansive views. From there three nights at Chobe Safari Lodge which is quite different - less intimate - but very nice in its own way. The food was excellent, a beautiful swimming pool to relax by, family of wart hogs kneeling about on the lawns.

Very friendly management and excellent game drives, large boat excursions, small boat excursions and a walk to Namibian village made for a super stay. Land and boat transfers took us to Zambia where we stayed at the Bush Buck Lodge with wonderful hosts, Oriel and Allan. We enjoyed the peaceful setting and lovely dinners near the creek. The highlight was the Lion Encounter which was an experience of a lifetime. Victoria Falls were beautiful although less dramatic than from the Zimbabwe side as the water levels were low. Still awesome! From there transfers back to Kasane airport where we flew on to Cape Town and a completely different type of holiday. Would love to come back to the Okavanga Delta and would certainly book with ATI again. Thank you, David.