We stayed at Lemala tented camp for 2 nights in July 2012. Although this was the simplest of our Tanzanian safari accommodation, we were happy with our choice given it's location so close to the crater floor. The staff were great - attentive and prompt with all our requests. Given that it is a temporary camp, the tents were well set up with a bucket shower - enough hot water for around 7 minutes - flush toilet, simple bathroom vanity and a separate bedroom area with gas heater for those cold nights. The beds are hard, but oddly we found that the case in most Tanzanian properties. The heater is turned off around 10.30pm/11pm and turned on again when your morning coffee/tea and biscuits are delivered as part of your early morning wake up call.
We actually found the food to be quite good - particularly so if you visit the tiny, dimly lit kitchen and see the extremely humble cooking facilities. One of our party is a chef and she could not imagine how they create the food they do given the facilities.
The nights in July are cold - but the outside fire before dinner where guests meet and chat was a great place to warm up and get to know people before sitting down for a communal dinner. After dinner we grabbed our wine, had more wood put on the fire and sat marvelling at the stars. Stunning.
The crater floor during July school holidays was frenzied. So many people and cars and after our two days we were happy to move onto our next location for a quieter game viewing experience. We normally have 3/4 nights in each camp. We felt 2 was enough given the time of year, that you can't go off road and every car competes for viewing space if there's something special to see. If you can - take that into account when planning your trip.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lemala Ngorongoro Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area