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Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

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#14 of 17 campgrounds in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Simba Campsite
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oznewbie wrote a review Sep 2023
Wollongong, Australia196 contributions77 helpful votes
It's a weird feeling to be camping at 2400mtrs, just a degree away from the equator, and needing to be wearing thermals to stay warm. Simba is a large campground, with 2 lots of amenities. The area we camped at, as part of a tour group, had communal kitchens and dining spaces. The toilets worked, they even had toilet paper, and there were 2 showers (at least in the men's block). As with many other sites we visited, be prepared for low water pressure and often a cold shower as the hot water units are small and totally inadequate for the number of campers. They do have staff who regularly clean the amenity blocks, so that was good. There was plenty of space for all the various groups. Being located on the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater the views are spectacular! Based on the scat around the tents zebras were the nocturnal visitors we could hear munching on the grass. Our guide even had to make some noise at dusk, to encourage the browsing bull elephant to go around our camp rather than through it. So, measured against other camp sites we visited, Simba is not too bad. If you're planning on travelling down into the crater, it is a good spot to set up camp.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Claire A wrote a review Aug 2023
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Stayed 1 night there. A little shop sends beers and drinks, there is a great room to have dinner as the temperatures can be chilly there. The bathrooms are ok, hot water available if you shower early ! The wifi is a bit hectic but plenty of plugs to charge your phones. The zebras came very close at night which was nice. All in all a good place !!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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shenn09 wrote a review Jul 2023
County Meath, Ireland315 contributions156 helpful votes
This place is well set up but basic- as it says in the description. It has hot water, toilets showers, kitchen and dining room. It has some wifi. It’s cold so pack appropriately. Wild animals will most likely greet you, which we loved. Woke up to zebras at our door. We also met some baboons. You can stroll around the grounds but dont venture too far. I would have loved an open fire, which some people had but not sure it’s allowed. Amazing views
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Guide48822446354 wrote a review Jun 2023
Stockholm, Sweden11 contributions5 helpful votes
Beautiful campsite in ngorongoro.we stayed for one night and we really loved it.its just right on ngorongoro crater Rim. this camp has best services thats why its very crowded.most tour companies accomodate their guests here.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Kathryn B wrote a review Jun 2023
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Beautiful campsite right on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater! Showers and toilets were clean. There is hot water but it will run out quickly. Campsite seems to have a herd of resident buffalo. Hearing one graze outside our tent at night was a lovely experience.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Felicia wrote a review May 2023
United Kingdom140 contributions75 helpful votes
Basic camping grounds. There is hot water. It could be a little cleaner and there are also huge dung beetles which fly into the bathroom attracted to the light. A mix of western and squat toilets are available but no hand soap so bring your own. I heard a lion in the night and there were some water bucks chilling outside my tent in the morning.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas wrote a review Mar 2023
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Without mentioning any names of other camp sites, this place is far better than them. We were shocked to know that our travel agent arranged us a tented camp in here. Nothing provided other than the land and the washrooms. Good to find hot/cold water as well as soaps. Had to make our tents, prepare our food, load/unload stuff from the truck. Wi-Fi is very weak. Canteen prices is like airport. Cola is 5000 while in the city it’s 1000 only.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Danimal2007 wrote a review Jan 2023
Berkeley, California478 contributions395 helpful votes
Camped for one night while visiting Ngorongoro. This is a basic budget camp on top of the crater wall. There is a dining hall where they sell cold beer and have an espresso machine. The toilets were not in the best condition. The best thing about this camp was the visits from wild animals. There was a herd of zebras and buffalo grazing around the campground. When it got dark, the buffalo were sitting near the entrance to the dining area. They were not aggressive. This camp has a guard on duty. Overall, I enjoyed the "wild" camping here.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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J_Peeters wrote a review Nov 2022
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Of all the campsites we visited during our self-drive in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, this was by far the most disappointing Campsite. Very old and damaged toilets/showers, animal poop all over the Campsite, still don’t understand why you pay so much money for such a Campsite.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jessica M wrote a review Oct 2022
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It was a horrible experience. I was told there would be warm water. There wasn’t. There was no toilet paper. Luckily, we had some. They do not pick up animal poop. It was everywhere. People were walking all over it. People had to sit their tents on piles of animal poop. There were piles of poop as you are walking into the dining hall. We had to use flash lights to attempt to walk around the animal poop. There is no protection from the animals. It was neat to see animals at the campsite. However, it was dangerous. They walk all around your tents. I would try and not go to the bathroom at night. The view was the only thing good about it.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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