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Reviewed February 5, 2012

This tented mobile camp comes with a personal and welcoming service. The friendly and English speaking Maasai employees, wearing their traditional dresses, contribute to the local touch of the camp. Compared to the other camps we know (i.e. in the Serengeti), the infrastructure is a slightly simpler (e. g. unheated toilets, shower). During night, the outside temperature can be surprisingly low here. We were there in December and the temperature fell to about 10°C or so. Although the tents are heated for the night, don’t forget to take adequate clothing with you. Considering the logistics related to such a camp, food was good (although we missed local dishes).

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Lemala Ngorogoro over Christmas. The staff were very friendly and keen to help in any way. The tents were comfortable and staff worked hard to manage the limited resources well.

Room Tip: All rooms good.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

This was the second Lemala Camp that we stayed at during our safari in September 2011. My wife and I were impressed. That both camps were great told us that the others are probably nice, too.

We had a wonderful game drive through the Ngorongoro crater. We saw the rare and elusive Black Rhino (mother and calf), as well as lions (including a dead one), herds of gazelles, hyenas, you name it. Topping off the drive by staying at the Ngorongoro Lemala camp was just perfect!

Again, we were impressed with the service, food, wine, and accommodations. Both the Lemala Ngorongoro and Lemala Mara camps were obviously very well-managed. Truly, if you stay at these places you will have a hard time believing you are in the middle of the Serengeti or the top of a crater in Africa.

Be aware though, that the camp is up around 5,000 feet or so. This means it really does get chilly in the evening, so dress appropriately i.e., bring a jacket!

We loved the Lemala camps and would recommend staying there to anyone.

Room Tip: Bring a jacket, as the nights can get nippy!
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Jeff D
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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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