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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

I stayed at Lemala Ngorongoro while on Safari in July of this year (I thought I'd already posted the review). This camp was amazing. The tents were nicely decorated and very clean. The overall accomodations were lovely and created the feel of a "real safari" experience. The meals were plentiful and delicious...I'm still amazed by how much they produce in those tiny, outdoor kitchens.

The greatest part of this camp was the staff (especially Godwin the manager). They went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. At dinner, my wine glass was never empty. The staff was so attentive that they noticed my sister and cousin did not eat their entree for dinner one evening (pork was served which they do not eat). They immediately asked what the issue was and attempted to make a new meal. My sister and cousin refused however, the next evening, fish was served.

We received turn down service with hot water bottles to keep warm, pop corn snacks during our evening drinks and the most incredible boxed lunches.

The location of this camp is key as you easily enter the crater in the mornings and don't risk getting stuck in traffic.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Lemala camps are rustic but comfortable. This one allows rapid access to the crater so facilitates crater drives earlier than those folks staying on the rim. The facilities are not luxurious but are quite adequate. The staff is extremely friendly and service is excellent. The food is adequate but not great. Meats in Tanzania are usually like shoe leather if not prepared to compensate and the meats here were no different. The hot water bottle in the bed and the gas heater helped compensate for the nite time cold. They have solar batteries so the tents are lighted at nite in contrast to some other camps. Charging camera and other batteries is done in the main tent. We would definitely stay here again as the location allowing crater access is a very important feature. Characterizing these camps as luxury facilities is in comparison to sleeping on the ground not to a hotel property like the Bilila in the Serengeti.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Chingachgook
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Aug 29, 2011

This was our very first introduction to a seasonal, luxury, tented camp. We couldn't have asked for a finer reception from the hard-working staff who fulfilled our every wish. Given that this camp is fully self-sufficient with limited electrical output, it is extraordinary that it can maintain its high standards to the 9 rooms and common areas. The lighting is dim, the hot water for showering is by appointment from manually-filled buckets, and the gas-fed heater is on for very short periods. It is a bit disconcerting to have a male staffer standing by on the other side of the tent wall to ascertain if you have enough hot water. It is not possible to use a hair dryer; therefore, none is provided here. The same is true at our next camp, Dunia. The hot water bottle next to me in the bed proved to be a necessity during the cold night on the rim of the crater.
Godwin is the host-manager, who is extremely proud of his property and staff. He made sure that we were comfortable and happy.
The size of the tent exceeds 500 sq ft.
Fresh coffee is brought to your tent at wake-up call. Boy! that hot coffee takes the morning chill off the body. The breakfast is as good as anything you can make at home.
Though we all liked the amenities and hospitality of Lemala, the cold night was off-putting, and we were ready to move on after the one night.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

This was one of three Lemala Camps that we stayed at, albeit for a short time (arrived 6:00 pm, departed 7:00 am). The stand out here is the very friendly and competent staff. Beginning with our very friendly welcome and check-in, speedy service in turning on propane heater in tent and filling bucket shower for two, great campfire complete with Masai Chief's son explaining Masai culture, wonderful dinner and setting in the "mess" tent, this was a nice experience. This camp is situauted on the caldera's rim, over 7200 feet high, so it's cold and damp and the air is thick with smoke. There are no animals around (they're 1650 feet below at the bottom of the caldera)... you won't hear lions roar or jackals and hyenas scream. The tents are a no frill, basic accommodation. Compared to the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and Tarangire, the Ngongororo Crater was our least favorite. There is no limit to the number of vehicles allowed into the crater, so animal viewing is tougher...too many trucks! Even our stop to eat box lunches beside the river was like a WalMart parking lot. When you arrive at Lemala Ngongororo, a long, steep climb out of the caldera, it will be peaceful.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Emma H
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed here for one night in March 2011. This was our most favourite camp of the entire trip. When we imagined a tented safari camp....this is exactly what we pictured. The staff were awesome....as mentioned previously, especially the General Manager. We would highly recommend this camp!

PROS
- great food (we actually scored a soup recipe from the cook....yes, that good).
- very friendly and helpful staff
- location is incredible - this is a temporary camp (every year they set it up and then take it down)....because of this you will have some animals visiting the area....we had elephants one night!
- tents are in great shape, bathroom attached. hot shower available on request (they actually heat the shower water by fire)
- camp wasn't full the night we stayed there, so we got to eat with the other guest and all our guides at one big table....pretty cool.
- they paid attention to details, which was nice (e.g. hot water bottle to put in the bed at night for added warmth)

CONS
- honestly, none that we noted.....though we wished is was less expensive so we could've stayed another night.
- our guide mentioned that the guides quarters are pretty cold at night....not the best.

TIPS
- bring a flashlight
- bring something warm to sleep in (extra shirt or whatever)....it does get cool at night at that altitude
- stay longer than one night if you can manage.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank stewbomber
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

Lemala Camp is located at the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the tents are spacious and comfortable, the food is good - but the staff is what makes this camp an outstanding experience. They were incredibly warm, hospitable, and made our stay extra special.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank NLLITTLE
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Good accomodations. Tents, but spacious. Good beds and bathrooms (hot water by appointment, also showers, but they work just fine). Friendly staff. Prepare remarkably good food in small kitchen. Fun to sit around the fire for pre-dinner cocktails and wine. At 7,300 ft, it's cool in the evenings and mornings. One day is plenty to see the Crater. This is a much better spot to start than outside the Crater as this is on the rim and very close.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Bill60763
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Address: Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ranked #17 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range: $490 - $3,031 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LEMALA NGORONGORO is an intimate camp set in a delightful ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater, next to the quiet Lemala access route. The camp has 12 spacious canvas tents to ensure intimacy and minimal impact on the pristine forest environment. The tents accommodate two queen beds with winter weight duvets and hot water bottles. The tents are warmed in the evenings by a gas heater, ensuring a cosy night's sleep. The roomy en-suite bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. ... more   less 
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