Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is a small tented camp on the shore of Lake Eyasi, a large soda lake that lies on the floor of the rift valley under the Ngorongoro Highlands. 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 Llala 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 Hadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
Kisima Ngeda is located on the north-eastern shores of Lake Eyasi at an altitude of 3,400 feet (1,040 m). About 4 1/2 hours drive from Arusha, the camp is 2 hours away from the Ngorongoro Crater and about a half day’s drive to the Serengeti.
Kisima Ngeda has just seven tents, each built under a thatched structure, skillfully made almost entirely of palm (thatch and poles) and built with scrupulous attention to the use of ecologically sound materials. The stems of the leaves provide a unique and very attractive building material and the leaves themselves are ideal for thatching. Only dead or fallen palm trees have been used to support the structures. Each tent is very comfortably furnished, and has an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water. Views from the tents of the lake and its birdlife, including flamingos and Egyptian geese, are superb.
The natural spring supplies water to the beautiful swimming oasis and there are two huts equipped with beach-beds and lounging chairs, ideal for sunbathing. There is an open dining room and bar, and a platform hidden in the reeds by the spring; ideal for a romantic dinner under the stars or for bird-watching. The outstanding service at Kisima Ngeda Camp, combined with a simple elegance, makes this camp very appealing.
Kisima Ngeda offers a different experience from the more popular safari; they offer interesting cultural tours. Here, you can actually get out of the car — you can explore the trails around the lake, canoe along the shore, mountain bike by baobabs and acacias, walk on the trails or 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 wildlife, what makes Kisima Ngeda truly unique is the opportunity to visit with the local tribes. The Datoga are a pastoral group like the Maasai, and it’s always interesting to visit the local blacksmith or a Datoga ‘boma’ (homestead). Spend a day with the Hadzabe, hunter-gatherers that speak the language of the first human inhabitants on the continent.