Lemala Ngorongoro: The Lowdown

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If you come to Lemala Ngorongoro, it’s because you want a tented camp, and you want to be right on the crater rim. The location here is really second to none- right by a lesser-used entrance road to the Ngorongoro Crater, so you can nip down for an early morning game drive an hour or so before the crowds, and catch the mist as it tumbles over the crater rim.

What’s Lemala Ngorongoro like?

Lemala Ngorongoro has just 12 tents, tucked under the spreading branches of the acacia forest. When we stayed, we did notice that the site wasn’t huge, so the other tents were visible, but this didn’t detract one bit from our experience. Beds at Lemala Ngorongoro are either vast doubles or twins and bathrooms are ensuite with a bucket shower- hot water heated on your request. This last bit is important as it does get pretty chilly at night up here on the Ngorongoro Crater rim- the in-room heater and evening campfire are essentials rather than luxuries in our book.  Meals were great fun, and staff were hugely helpful and keen to please. Just don’t ask them to play bao against you in the mess. They’ll win. At least they did against us. But we’re fine with that.

In all, this is a delightful camp- not as remote as many of the bush camps, but still fantastically located, and for tent-lovers like us, absolutely worth it.

What can I do at Lemala Ngorongoro?

The great attraction of a stay at Lemala Ngorongoro is doing game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater. Depending on how you’ve arrived in camp, you will either do private game drives with your own guide, or fly into the camp and do shared game drives using the camp vehicles.

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