Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is an small tented camp set in a delightful ancient acacia forest on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
A key advantage of staying at Lemala Ngorongoro is the quick and easy access into the Crater floor. Game drives from the camp may start as early as 6.15 am and there is no time wasted at the gate as you can drive straight down to the floor within 10 to 15 minute. Lemala guests usually have an hour's head start over others in the morning, which is crucial for photographers who demand the best light conditions.
The Ngorongoro Crater is on many peoples 'wish list' of places to see and visit. This natural wonder is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.
Escorted walks are also available into the forest and along the crater rim with an armed ranger and a Masai guide.
The camp has 9 spacious canvas tents, ensuring intimacy and minimal impact on the pristine forest environment. The roomy en-suite bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. There is also one 2 bedroom family room.
The mess tent is beautifully furnished with comfy sofas, lamps, bookshelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire to exchange tales of the day's safari followed by a sumptuous hearty meal.
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Full Board Package: All Conservation Area/crater fees; all meals; selected house wines and spirits, local beers, soft drinks, juices and water; and Camping fees are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Game Package: All Conservation Area/crater fees; all meals; selected house wines and spirits, local beers, soft drinks, juices and water; return airstrip transfers; Camping fees; and one full day shared game drive into the crater with a Lemala guide are included.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request.
Tanzania has great appeal for families. Seeing animals is very exciting for children, and nothing can prepare a parent for the delight of watching their child’s reaction when they catch sight of a lion, giraffe or elephant for the very first time. But small kids can get bored and restless on long drives or around camp if they are not entertained. Lemala Cubs offers their little guests under the age of 12 a wide range of wonderful opportunities to experience and enjoy the magic of the Africa bush. These activities are fun, educational and interesting, show future generations the need for conservation of Africa’s wildlife, and keep kids well entertained while mum and dad relax.
Some of the Lemala Cubs activities may include identifying animals and birds, learning how to throw (blunt) spears and use bows and arrows like the Masai, being taught tracking and spoor identification techniques by our guides, walking with the Masai to hear stories about their culture and way of life in the bush, and even joining the chefs in the kitchen to prepare meals or roasting marshmallows over the campfire before bed.
General Information For Guests
The en-suite tents are spacious and comfortable, and have an outside deck with loungers offering views over the area. Each tent is fitted with 2 queensize beds with warm duvets, a flush WC, large safari-style shower with running water, wooden storage cabinets and wooden floors, tea/coffee making facilities, and 24 hour solar lighting. Two tents have one kingsize bed only.
The main area consists of a mess tent with an adjoining lounge, dining area and a well stocked bar. Charging facilities for devices ar provided in the lounge and bar.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in the public areas, and there is some mobile/cell phone coverage.
Credit card facilities are NOT available, but for any additional payments the camp will accept dollars, Euros and GB sterling.
The dress code is comfortable and casual.
A complimentary laundry service is available.
Private dinners can be arranged in your room or at another location within the camp - please enquire with the camp manager if you would like this to be arranged.
Smoking is allowed on the outside verandah of the main guest areas and on the privacy of your verandah of your room, but guests are asked that all inside main areas and bedrooms are non-smoking.
The property is not wheel-chair friendly.
Additional activities on request include a visit to a traditional Masai Boma to learn about the proud and fascinating Masai culture. A village chief will provide a tour of the Boma and explain their beliefs and way of life. You may watch or take part in a traditional dance, and you are welcome to take pictures whilst in the Boma. As part of this activity, you will also visit a Masai school where the children will give you a fabulous welcome.
Guests can also participate in an educational and interactive walk along the edge of the Crater with a ranger and Masai guide. You will learn about the uses of the flora and fauna in the daily lives of the local Masai, spot wildlife tracks and experience the fresh outdoors of the Ngorongoro Highlands. The walk lasts about 90 minutes and is available in the late afternoon from 16:00.
The management and staff are trained in basic First Aid, and the camp has a well-equipped First Aid Box. All rooms have air horns in the event of an emergency and there is a security guard during the day and at night to escort guests to their rooms and back.