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“Fantastic experience -- great atmosphere, excellent food and wonderful staff!”
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Masek Tented Camp
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Try to get a room close to the lake and about mid-way from the lodge.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We arrived late afternoon so light was fading and after the luxurious surroundings of Mbuzie Mawe, our initial impressions were not that great as the place externally looks a bit shabby and dark as the power had not come on. However, the rooms were amazing and the system they have for dinner and lunch is great as it allows the guides to eat with the guests and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The lady chef was slightly crazy as were some of her staff but this just added to the charm of the place! Packed lunches were great as we were able to make our own boxes every morning – a really great system that other lodges would do well to copy. Rooms overlook lake Masek so you have amazing views and can hear hippos at night. Showers are outdoors and are wonderful! Of all the places we stayed during our week long safari, this was our favourite.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank KAWJuba
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

this was our last stop in Tanzania and it was amazing.
The tents were spacious and well appointed.
The footed tub was just what we needed after bouncing around in the safari jeep for a week.
Watching the sunset from the balcony while sipping the house wine(at no additional charge) was spectacular.
It was nice to be able to dine with our guide and get to know him a bit better.
The idea of making our own lunch boxes was also a good one.
The chef, Veronique, was so friendly and fun! The rest of the staff were really nice and attentive also.
Got visited by a giraffe chomping on tree leaves at 2 AM!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank susanandeli
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

The accomodations at Lake Masek Tented Lodge are just superb. Overlooking Lake Masek and its complement of visiting elephants, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, etc..., the elevated tents are large and airy with a great bathroom with shower under the stars (with very good water pressure and plenty of hot water). The main lodge has a beautiful outside balcony which is quite enjoyable at cocktail time. However, they don't do the little things very well. Although they promise electrical hair dryer and outlet power between 6:30 and 9, we never got it and had to make repeated call to get someone to turn on the generator. The internet service did not work most of the time and I had to tell them what to do to bring service back on, albeit at an unbearably slow speed and with frequent disconnects. The main zipper on our tent was broken, and my repeated reminders did not succeed in getting someone to repair it. The wake up calls did not come in at the requested time. Need I go on? Despite these issues, which I consider minor and service related, we fell in love with the place and would go back in a second.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank DCTravelerG
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

While on an OAT safari to Kenya and Tanzania, we stayed for two nights at this lodge, and absolutely loved it! Talk about a romantic and exotic adventure! The room was large and well-appointed (except we did not like the single beds, preferring a larger bed), and the bathroom was luxurious and awesome (an outdoor shower AND a clawfoot tub!). Little details made the difference in this accommodation. We loved having the Maasai warrior escort, equipped with a spear and a flashlight! Food was good, but not great. The box lunch prepared by the lodge was forgettable! However, we really liked this lodge a lot. Views of the hippos in the lake were wonderful!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Grice-Fearing
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

This was an average place to stay and might be better in the right season. The lake is saline and apart from a few sad looking hippos there is no game. We were left without transportation on arrival at the airstrip and very limited apologies for us having to arrive after long delay by kind favour of the parks guards pick-up truck!!! No activities to speak of and just an over priced bush walk with nothing to see. On check out we felt pressured to leave as they cleaned around us despite it only being 9 am !!!
I still await refund of the pre paid park fees and transportation !
This place needs far better management in all areas. The chef is their best PR !!!
Sadly I must suggest that you look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Globetrotters S
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed at one tented hotel in Tanzania and it wasn't so great. We arrived at Masek Tented Camp and were pleasantly surprised. The tents have all of the comforts of an upscale hotel room including front porch, 4-post bed, new furniture, a half-moon outdoor shower, 4-footed bathtub, desk....all of it looked brand new. Even the bedding was luxurious and as cozy as can be. The views of the sunset were amazing! The main lodge area was very clean..the food was great and the staff was wonderful. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank RSuweidan
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Additional Information about Masek Tented Camp

Address: Masek Lake, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range: $855 - $1,205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Masek Tented Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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Masek Tented Camp Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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