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Lemala Ngorongoro

Discover Lemala Ngorongoro

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.

Special offer: Stay for 4 nights or more and receive a 20% discount. This offer is only valid for June, October 2024 - May 2025 & excludes 20 December - 05 January 2025. Honeymoon offer: Stay a minimum of 6 nights and the bride will receive 50% off their accommodation. Terms and conditions apply.

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Expert View

  • High concentration of game and amazing Big 5 sightings in the crater
  • Quick and easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater floor
  • A secluded tented experience away from the crowds
  • Maasai escorted walks into the forest and along the crater rim

At a glance

  • 9 Tents
  • 6 Years +
  • Open All Year
  • All Inclusive

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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"Get in before the crowds and stay later, it's a 10 min drive to the crater floor, giving you an hour's head start over others descending and ascending via the far busier Seneto crater access road on the western rim."

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