We arrived at Lake Masek Tented Camp after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and we could not have asked for a better experience! This was my favorite place by far. The camp was amazing. Our room was perfect, a huge bed (incredibly comfortable) with an ensuite bathroom and an outdoor shower. You were right by Lake Masek and you could hear all sorts of animals in the evening. We saw giraffe walking around the camp and at night you had to be escorted back to your tent by a Masai guard. The bathroom was joined with the bedroom so there was not a lot of privacy but we made it work with no problems. I loved the outdoor shower!
The staff was so friendly, Michael - the manager, greeted us upon arrival and showed us around. The cook (Veronica) was amazing and it was nice to have buffet meals so you could go whenever you wanted. They had free internet and they also charged your camera battery each day. It was a great location for game viewing and you were also close enough to the Olduvai Gorge (which we visited the last day). This lodge was a place where they didn't try to nickle and dime you for everything. Our guide was concerned that we were not going to get lunch on the day we transferred to Ngorongoro Crater so he asked the camp for box lunches for us. They had no problem doing that for no charge (in comparison to our experience at Plantation Lodge).
We were met at the airstrip by our driver, Frederick, from KIBO guides. This was a very pleasant surprise because we expected to be in shared camp vehicles. Instead, we had Frederick to ourselves the whole time! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the animals and his command of the English language was excellent. We really enjoyed our safari with him and it was nice to have the flexibility of a driver to ourselves. By the third day, we were a little tired of safari driving, so Frederick took us through the plains and to the Olduvai Gorge. Very interesting.
Overall, incredible experierence and by far my favorite lodging!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling between the prime wildlife areas of central and southern Serengeti. The area is witness of the Great Migration from December to March. This luxurious tented camp enables guests to be within reach of the Great Migration and to explore remote, beautiful corners of the Serengeti with excellent resident game. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Masek Tented Camp Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area