Ndarakwai Ranch is the base for our host, Tanganyika Film and Safari Outfitters (TFSO). The privately owned ranch is over 11,000 acres in size and located in West Kilimanjaro. The ranch is an experiment in self-sustaining conservation preserving a variety of habitats that are home to over 65 mammal species, and at least 350 bird species.
Ndarakwai Camp was built by, and is staffed by people from the local villages. Materials, such as canvas for tents, poles for construction, and grass for thatching, were obtained locally, and all of the tents were made onsite. The camps unique design grew out of the available local raw materials and the skills of craftsmen that live in the area.
The camp includes 12 spacious tents with thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms and safari-style showers with hot water provided at any time of day upon request. Meals are prepared on propane stoves or in a huge clay oven and are served in the large dining lodge. Vegetables are grown at Ndarakwai or bought from farmers at nearby Ngare Nairobi village. Trees felled by elephants provide all of the firewood. Candlelight and kerosene lanterns provide romantic evening light. No electricity is used in the camp, except in the reception area to charge camera batteries and power the wireless Internet.
The exclusive TFSO employs trained drivers who understand “light” and how to accommodate the best photographic opportunities, “the shot”. Adequate vehicles are provided to ensure that everyone has a 360º view of Africa’s classic landscape and wildlife.