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“Wildebeest crossing paradise if you up for the migration”

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Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp
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“Wildebeest crossing paradise if you up for the migration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

i think the camp is amazing, with the sounds of wildebeest gnooing in the distance, the buildup clearly evident and charging out at irregular interviews to see the spectacle, coupled with amazing food, even more amazing staff and an incredible brand.

Room Tip: all rooms are amazing, but if you there for migration i suggest the room closest to the river, you w...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Dear Ndoroman

If travellers to Tanzania are looking to see one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on earth, then the north Serengeti is the place to see hundreds of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara river either on their way back from the Masai Mara, or on their way to it. Lemala Mara is perfectly positioned just above one of the main crossing points where guests can watch the crossings from the camp, or drive one minute to be right at the action. I am so happy that you enjoyed our camp, staff, service and food and although we are a seasonal camp, we pride ourselves in excellence on all fronts of service delivery. Thanks again for posting.

Best wishes and safe travels

Tom Yule
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Stayed the last two nights of our safari at Lemala Mara tent camp. My wife was not feeling well and the staff sent someone for medication for her. Wife stayed a camp first morning and was given tour of kitchen area where they were baking bread and dinner rolls in a charcoal oven. Watched the Wilderbeast migration across the Mara river - a sight not to be missed. Food was very good and the service and attention to detail was fantastic

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Dear Fred S

Thank you so much for posting on Trip Advisor about your experience at Lemala Mara. I am sorry that your wife was not feeling well and missed some of the game viewing. I am happy to hear though that the staff were able to help and show her around the kitchen. Even though all of the cooking is done in a smallish tent, we pride ourselves in serving our clients incredibly delicious food at each meal. Our chefs receive training on an annual basis, where they are taught new skills in the culinary arts. We are truly blessed at having such dedicated and talented people working in our camps.

Safe travels and best wishes

Tom Yule
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at Lamala Mara on the last two nights of our safari and really enjoyed our stay. The location of the non-permanent tented camp was perfect for our desire to see the wildabeest migration across the Mara River and the beauty of the Serengeti. (We got to see the migration as well as lions, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, etc.). We knew we would be far north, in a remote location, far from the comforts of electricity, etc., so we really didn't know what to expect at the tented camp. Fortunately, we were pleasantly surprised.

We arrived after a long road journey with our personal guide from Access2Tanzania (you can fly there, but we chose to see the landscape and keep our personal guide, which was great). Upon arrival and every time we returned from safari, we were greeted by the staff with a choice of warm or cold wash cloth (we were always covered in dust) and a refreshing drink.

We were escorted to our tent by attendants who carried our bags and offered information on the use of the shower, lights, etc. We had one personal attendant assigned to our tent who provided coffee/tea delivered to our room, hot water for our shower, and regular water for the sink/toilet; he escorted us to/from our tent when it was dark and took care of any other request we had - excellent service. The water for the shower was perfect - nice and hot - although it did have a heavy smoke smell since it is boiled.

Our tent was the last one from the main tent (11 tents out, I think) and we felt like we were at one with nature. We could see giraffes and other game right outside. Every night, we heard lions grunting (sounded like they were right outside!) which was a bit scary and fantastic all at the same time. The tent was very nicely decorated and comfortable, with tasteful fixtures and furnishings. Impressive. The lighting is solar powered, so it's limited and dim. Flashlights are provided in the room, however, we found the use of our head lamps very helpful when looking through our bags when it was dark outside. There is no electricity, but you can charge your cell phone at the main tent.

Meals are served in the main tent. We had hearty breakfasts and nice meals in the evening. Dinner is served at one large table and everyone eats the same thing at the same time (aside from special requests, I assume). Completely understandable as you are in a remote location with limited resources and the camp needs to be efficient. Before dinner, you can enjoy a nice fire and conversation with other guests.

If we ever decide to return to the area, we would stay here again. The staff was extremely welcoming and attentive.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Agroup of 5 of us stayed for 4nts at the wonderful seasonal tented camp in northern serengeti Lemala Mara Oct 11-15 2012. This was a wonderful surprise in terms of what this non-permanent camp offered us. Wonderful beds, the most comfortable on our safari. Delishious hot bucket showers provided by our tent attendants. The most incredible food!!! This was the biggest surprise how this chef managed to create miracles out of the small tent kitchen! Always mindful of one of our group special diet needs. Plated dinners served to perfection and beautifuly presented! The staff bent over backwards for us and made our stay special. Our guide was fun, funny and most knowledgeable. Truly a 5 star experience in the bush with the Wildebeest trying to cross the Mara River, wonderful location. I cannot wait to go back! Thank YOU everyone for making our stay magical!!! Cindi

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Cindi L5

Our chefs take a lot pride in being able to produce exquisite meals from their tiny kitchens. On the job training from specialist chefs ensure that they are able to produce incredible meals from their kitchens. I am really glad that you enjoyed the meals which they produced and of the excellent service standard which you experienced at our camp.
Many thanks for taking the time to post review on Trip Advisor.

Best wishes

Tom Yule
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

We had a wonderful experience at Lamala Mara. This was our first trip to Africa so we weren't certain what to expect. But, we were greeted by the wonderful camp staff and enjoyed our four night stay. Our guide, Wolfgang, was very knowledgable and interesting and he could find the animals anywhere. He went out of his way to make sure we had a good experience. The accommodations were comfortable and very adequate and the food was fantastic. Richard, the camp manager, did a great job in making us feel welcome. It was a great way to start out our trip

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Mary Ann H

Thank you for taking the time to post and am very glad that you had a great stay at Lemala Mara. Our guides are renowned for their local knowledge of the wildlife of the area and will ensure that they do their best in showing clients the best of what is available.

Best wishes

Tom Yule
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

I am the girl who likes chocolate candies on her pillow, so I was a little ill at ease to have a non-permanent tent camp as our first stop on the Serengeti. However the word rustic did not even enter the space. Our tent was comfortable, the bed was delicious, and I truly enjoyed the fact that our shower was created on call for us....warm and lovely.
The evening brought fireside conversations and we were asked to join a communal dinner in the lodge. Since we were on a safari with just the 2 of us and a guide, having a meal and sharing with others was just the ticket. We were escorted to our tent. Being one who listens wide eyed to the creaks in the floor boards at home, the lowing of the wildebeests and the roaring of the lions seemed to signal a calmness in me. I would absolutely return to this camp for more than one night. Did I mention the people that ran the camp...they were superb.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Barbara532
I am so pleased that you had such a memorable stay with us at Lemala Mara. Although we are a seasonal camp in the middle of the Serengeti National Park, we endeavour to make it a five star camping experience with five star hotel quality mattresses and linen, dining and an intimate experience. Guest experience is of paramount importance and I am so pleased that this is what you experienced with us.

Best wishes and safe travels

Tom Yule
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

We just returned from our Northern Circuit Tanzani Safari and Lemala Mara was our fist camp. We were right in the middle of the migration and the animals came through the camp at night.
The tents were quite nice , clean and comfortabel. The shower was great.
The food at the camp was very good. The meals are taken family style at a large table.
We only stayed one night but we wished we would have stayed longer.
The Northern Serengeti was full of animals and the great migration is an experience not be to missed. It is far less crowded here than in other parts of the Serengeti because it is so far north. Our guide was able to get us away from most other vehicles so we could enjoy the animal viewing by ourselves.
For more information see my review of our safari with African Dream Safari company, there are outstanding!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear birdieboys

Thank you for taking the time to post your review about Lemala Mara on Trip Advisor. Lemala Camps are fortunate enough to be able to position ourselves in the best possible locations for guests to view the great migration. Being just a stone's throw from the Mara River, our clients at Lemala Mara are able to view the migration and the world famous crossings right on the camp's doorstep. Being situated inside the Serengeti National Park affords our guests a truly exclusive experience away from the crowds and in true Hemingway safari camping style.
Best wishes and regards

Tom Yule
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Property: Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp
Address: Lemala Mara, Northern Serengeti, Serengeti National Park 0000, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
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Ranked #41 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Lemala Mara Ndutu Tented Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LEMALA MARA NDUTU are the ultimate mobile camps that move between Ndutu (December - March) to northern Serengeti from July through to October. In both locations it is within touching distance of the birthing areas of the Wildebeest in the South and in the North it offers views over the Mara River. Set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, but nothing compared to when the migration starts arriving when the area then turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence. ... more   less 
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