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Lemala Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Silver price level

Mango Opinion

This is a great little tented camp with a great location near the descent road. We like this property during the warmer months (DEC-MAR). We find camping at 6,000 feet to be quite chilly during the cooler months so warn potential guests accordingly.

Lemala Ngorongoro is an intimate, seasonal camp set in a delightful, ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater next to the quiet Lemala access route. The camp offers accommodation under canvas in only 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent. Each spacious tent is fitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. 

The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, book shelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before dining under chandeliers, which is hosted by the camp manager. The camp works closely with the local Masai community who often provide dances and talks on Masai life, their cultures, traditions and ceremonies. Guests enjoy the opportunity to interact with the Masai, learning more about their traditional lifestyles.

Game drives from the camp may start as early as 6:15am and it only takes 15 minutes to descend onto the crater floor, the scenery is breath-taking and the wildlife abundant. Due to the close location very often guests have an hours headstart over others and are on their own on the crater floor, enjoying the solitude and early morning light.