Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp is an intimate property offering great value and exceptionally good game viewing. It’s one of our favourite camps in the Nasikia portfolio, which features the amazing Mobile Migration Camp in the Serengeti! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via an hour’s road transfer from Kuro Airstrip. It’s situated on Central Tarangire’s sprawling plains, surrounded by acacia and baobab trees.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of a maximum of ten tented suites, including one honeymoon suite, spaced well apart on the grasslands. Each tent is very spacious – 12 metres long by 4 metres wide! As the tents are Meru in style they feature an outer layer of canvas, which extends over the inner layer to form a shady veranda. This is set with a couple of chairs and a table as well as a sofa, so it’s perfect for relaxing and enjoying a drink while gazing over the plains. A canvas entrance at the front of every tent unzips into a large bedroom, with single, double, twin, triple, or even quad beds, depending on your requirements. Other furnishings include a writing desk and chair, a storage chest containing extra blankets, and a wardrobe. Netted windows let in plenty of light, while mosquito netting keeps the biters out! Bathrobes and slippers are provided, as are luggage racks, a laundry bag, a torch, and a whistle. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin with mirror over, and classic bucket shower. This space also offers an additional clothes rack, which is particularly useful for sharers. Free toiletries are supplied.
Ndovu Camp’s lounge and dining areas occupy a large mess tent just a short distance from the guest accommodation. This too is a spacious canvas structure, with a pleasant veranda where you can take a comfy seat and marvel at the scenery! Inside, the lounge area offers plenty of well-cushioned chairs around an explorer’s chest cum coffee table, and a good selection of reading material. The dining space features one long table where everyone eats together – this is flanked by campaign-style chairs, for a very authentic feel. Ndovu’s chef uses fresh produce from all over Tanzania, rustling up some delicious fare. The camp’s bar is adjacent to the dining area, and it’s well stocked with alcoholic and soft drinks alike. Additionally, a number of al fresco dining spots are available. The welcoming fire-pit is usually the venue for pre-dinner drinks and other social gatherings. At night, kerosene lanterns are positioned between the mess tent and the guest tents, so no one loses their way!
The camp offers expertly guided game drives, setting off in early morning and late afternoon into evening. The rippling plains, open woodlands, riverine forests, and various water sources within Tarangire support a real wealth of wildlife! Four of the Big Five are in residence – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. If you visit the park from June to October, you can enjoy sightings of the famous elephant migration, when huge herds of the grey giants come stomping through in search of water! Throughout the year smaller predators and herbivores abound, including cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, and hippo. There are hundreds of bird species too, not least ostrich, great white pelican, tawny eagle, vulturine guineafowl, and yellow-collared lovebird. Ndovu’s walking safaris provide exciting opportunities to get really close to some of the animals, and you can scrutinise the insect life and plant life too. And anyone keen for a bird’s-eye view of the national park can take to the skies in a hot air balloon – staff members are happy to book guests on to this activities, and generally to advise on the best way to spend your time here.