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We have stayed here twice in the last few months and had a lovely experience each time. It is budget accommodation but the lodge rooms are clean and spacious and all the facilities work well. Food is delicious and plentiful. The staff are all helpful and friendly. Tipping is a problem - it's hard to know who works there and you don't want to miss anyone out. They need a 'staff tip box' with the money shared.
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After driving up the sandy track we were rewarded with a clean massai campsite and a stunning view of the lake and its surrounding mountains. The ablution block consists of 2 showers (cold water only), two toilets and two washbasins
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We stayed in the World View Campsite in January 2019. It is a wonderful place. Great view, interesting plants, shady campsites. Everything is clean and well organised. Just sitting there and enjoying the landscape gives you inner peace. It is well worth the long way. You should take full board since there is no other restaurant round the corner and the food is worth the price. Gabi and Alex
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We arrived in the campsite with our tent; it was only 10$ a night, plus about 30$ for the meals.The food was nice. The view on Masaï villages and the Ol Doinyo Lengaï is amazing. We had a nice guide to show us the waterfalls and the Lake. The owner, Yona, is very welcoming and generous, he helped us a lot during our stay, and also to catch the local bus after it. It was an authentic experience and we were glad to meet such nice people. Don't forget to bring a lot of cash, there are fees to pay and no ATM
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Before you go Don‘t forget to get your wildlife&conservation permit for lake Natron in Arusha (30$ per day). At the moment you can only get it in Arusha and they accept just US$. The entrance fee is 35 US$ (once not per day) but you can pay this one in Tsch. If you come by bus it wont stop at the gate so the guards come to the camp to collect the fee. By bus from Arusha If you are on a budget and come by bus from Arusha (20000 Tsch Lolliondo bus company tries to charge muzungu with 30000) you should know there is 1 early morning bus around 6. The bus drive is exhausting, there is no tarmac road after Mto wa Mbu. Access You have 2 possibilities to get to the camp site. You can get of the bus at Engare Sero and take a motorbike (5000Tsch). Or you get of the bus before entering Engare Sero and walk 5-10min to the camp. At the last gate (longido district fee) before Engare Sero you can spot ob your left 2 buildings which are the offices where you pay the tourist activities. A little bit up in the mountain on a sort of plateau you can spotWorld View Camp. Wait to get of the bus until you passed the gate, office buildings on your left and the few mud houses on your left. Now its just a short way up the hill! Camping&Facilities The camp site is located on a plateau overlooking the valley. You will wake up with a view on Ol Doinyo Lengai and the Lake Natron! The Campsite has 2 blocks of shared western toilets&showers in good condition. I brought my tent but they rent tents aswell. It‘s possible to take full board but I brought my own food to be self sufficient because I read there are kitchen facilities. They are very basic to nonexistent. I needed to borrow pots etc from the cooks of the organised tours. The campsite is run by local massai from the village. In staying there you support the local community. They work hard and try their best. But for people without patience, intercultural skills and understanding this might be the wrong place. Things to do: Their are 4 attractions you need to pay. The waterfalls, lake natron and the foodprints cost together 20US$ which included a guide. The volcano hike is 100 US$. The guides get their share and the rest of the money goes to the local communities.
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