Set in an ancient acacia forest close to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, is the tented camp Lemala Ngorongoro. For those looking for a more private experience of the Crater and still wishing to be located on the rim itself this is the place to stay.
The camp has 9 spacious tents that are positioned carefully to provide privacy and with minimal impact on the pristine forest environment. The Crater can get chilly in the evenings so your queen-size bed has a winter weight duvet and hot water bottle. The roomy bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari-style shower. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, bookshelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, you can gather around the campfire to exchange tales of the day's safari followed by a hearty meal.
Roughly a 2 and a half hour drive from Manyara Airstrip, or around a 4 hour drive from Arusha.
Ngorongoro Crater game drives with private lunch inside the crater, game walks and private breakfasts with the Masai can be arranged.
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Review of Lemala Ngorongoro
Very cool aesthetic, especially the common area. We spent our nights playing board games with the other guests. The Maasai village visit was incredible. We packed so much into that one day including a game ride. Lodgings were unbelievable for being at the top of the crater - very cool! Staff were so helpful and always available when we needed something.
The safari guide was amazing here, very knowledgeable and welcoming. The staff at Ngorongoro were some of the friendliest and helpful group of people we've ever met. The lodge was comfortable and we loved being surrounded by nature.
The only feedback I have for this hotel is to provide a wider variety of food options and maybe have some snacks available for guests (in case we want to munch on something…
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