Ndarakwai Camp is the brainchild of a famous Tanzanian safari guide, Peter Jones. Jones retired from guiding to buy a parcel of land on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, then collaborated with neighboring Maasai to form the private Kilimanjaro Conservancy now more than 11,000 acres large.
Jones is a trained archaeologist who first worked with Mary and Richard Leakey before growing passionate about safaris. His guiding company became specialized in outfitting film makers, and his keen eye for beauty led him to this spot on the western side of Kili.
The camp has 15 traditional safari tents with thatched roofs, a modest design by the luxury standards of the 2000s but completely private and functional. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom with bucket showers. The attractive public and dining area overlooks grand views of the veld.
In conjunction with local Maasai guides, a number of unusual safari activities are offered including night game drives and walks with the wild animals. The camp also partners with a neighboring horse farm and offers game viewing on horseback. Jones has owned the land since 1995 and has an intimate understanding of its fragile ecology and special beauties, and the camp is one of the most ecofriendly in Tanzania.