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Reviewed November 29, 2011

In all honesty, we had a fairly dissapointing game drive in the crater and were a little down when we arrived here.

We were greeted warmly by the manager with juice and hot towels. He went through the check-in and then we were shown to our tent.
It was great...a big comfy bed...a nicely appointed bathroom and a nice area for sitting.
We had to order a time for our showers as the water had to be warmed. This sounds a little basic but in fact, the temperature of the water was fantastic.

There were drinks by a roaring fire where all guests could meet. we were a little hamprered as we ended up being the only english speakers there, but it was nice all the same.

A communal dinner was served, which was lovely. Then a small walk back to the tent. It ws our honeymoon and the camp had arranged for a bottle of champagne on our return to the tent, which is a great touch.

An even better touch is the hot water bottles in the bed.

Even though we were under canvas, we had a perfect nights' sleep and were refreshed for breakfast and and the day ahead.

Also important was the fact that the packed lunch from here was superb.

If you are in the Crater area, i can't imagine there is a better place to stay

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jabei
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

We were on our honeymoon and this was the first camp in our trip. The camp is located on the ridge of the Ngorongoro crater away from most of the other camps. As we arrived in the evening, we were escorted to our tent - you need an escort when it is dark because there is wildlife everywhere. The tent was large with two beds pushed together to form a king-sized bed. The lights were dim, so there is no reading at night. For a shower, we had to reserve a time to receive hot water - they fill your tank. Dinner was great with ample food and wine. Pre-dinner, everyone meets at a campfire, which is a great place to relax and meet the other people staying at the camp. When we were escorted back to our tent, the kerosene heater was warming the tent and hot water bottles were placed in the bed. We were warm enough during the night with just the hot water bottles. When we awoke the first morning, there were zebra right outside the tent and when we awoke the second morning, there were elephants - it was amazing. The packed breakfasts and lunches were fantastic. We were allowed 2 pieces of laundry per person, which unfortunately did not dry by the time we left. Overall, we had a great experience, but compared to the other camps we later stayed, this camp was a bit too rustic for me. I would give it a 3 1/2 because the food and service were great, but a pseudo bucket shower, darker room, and more rustic accommodations prevent me from giving it a 4. I would certainly recommend this place, but for those who have not camped before, it may be too rustic.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank kimjim
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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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Thank Julianne R
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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.

Room Tip: the tents are all the same and the property is small so distance isn't a real factor, there is no view except of the nearby wilderness.
  • 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
2  Thank alohatripper
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