Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Eyasi, 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 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 Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
Sitting on a small forest of acacias on the edge of the spring, the camp is designed to blend in woth 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 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 it’s always interesting to visit the local blacksmith or a Datoga boma. And of course spending a day with the waHadzabe, hunter-gatherers that speak the language of the first human inhabitants of the continent, is like taking a trip back far into our own past.