Lemala Ngorongoro

Reviews of Lemala Ngorongoro

Good(79%) From 17 travellers
Excellent
5
Good
9
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 17 of our travellers who have visited Lemala Ngorongoro, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Lemala Ngorongoro review

Brilliant location on the road into the crater, so we were virtually the first vehicle in the crater in the morning.

We enjoyed the slightly simpler accommodation, which gives more of a feeling of being in the wilderness. The service was very friendly and helpful, but didn't quite have the smooth efficiency of some of the other lodges.

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The P family from Italy
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Lemala Luxury Camp Ngorongoro review

Tent with nothing in the bathroom working.

Difficult - impossible to re charge everithing (baeries, mobile..)

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Mr J & Mr B - London
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Excellent camp with helpful staff

A conveniently located camp, for quick access to the Crater, in pleasant surroundings.

The staff were helpful, efficient, and welcoming

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The P family from Herts
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Lemala the start of a tanzanian adventure

On arrival at Arusha our party of 9, with ages ranging from 7 to 77, were warmly welcomed by our two guides and their safari vehicles (including plenty of cold drinks and ginger biscuits). How amazing for the two littlies (7 and 11) to see baboons along the roadside, giraffes crossing road in addition to the many Masia children herding their cattle. Our picnic at Lake Manyara was memorable and although we were all tired from our journey from the U.K. not an eye was closed as we witnessed all the animals, birds and scenery.

On arrival at Lemala - what a welcome and our tents (such fun) Loved the hot water bottles and the warming stove on return from dinner. Food was tasteful and nothing was too much trouble. The situation of the camp was perfect for an early start into the crater which enabled us to appreciate the magnificance before the hordes arrived from further afield. On leaving the Ngorongoro, whilst our guide was signing out a baboon jumped into the safari vehicle, knocked a packet of tissues out of the way and stole a packet of ginger biscuits.

Cannot give enough praise.

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The H family - Surrey
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Lemala - Great location for the crater

We stayed one night at Lemala camp before we visited the Ngorongro crater. We arrived a little late in the evening and there was a lack of chairs by the fire. The arrival briefing was a bit tedious, whilst they made you welcome they were quick to point out restrictions to the drinks menu, which given the price of the camp felt a bit 'cheap'. The tents were excellent, proper flushing toilets and hard floors. We had been warned that it was cold here and it certainly was.

Dinner was very nice atmosphere with an international feel. There were guests from the USA, Holland, Germany and Austria and everyone mixed really well. We discovered that the Dutch family were also staying at the same hotel in Zanzibar, so it was nice to make friends with them here. We thought the food was OK, however given our experience of the Nomad camp I would downgrade this to "average". Our Dutch friends, who stayed with a number of their other camps, told us they were served the same food each evening for the whole trip.

The location is excellent, there had been Buffalo in the camp during the night so the Masai "warrior" was very welcome. Something strange happened with our lunch though. I suspect we were given the wrong one as there was only enough food for three people in a party of five. Breakfast was also a bit slow given that we were trying to get into the crater early and avoid the crowds. The location is excellent for an early drive into the crater and the road down is a lot easier than the main track.

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Mr & Mrs N - Surrey
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Cold nights at Lemala Camp

We stayed at Lemala Camp for two nights. While the position is good for an early start down into the crater, the gates open at 6am so people staying outside the gates weren't far behind us. I think that the word Luxury in the camp's name gives rather high expectations which are disappointed by the appearance of the camp (which is quite functional) and the position which didn't offer any sweeping views of the crater, just the surrounding trees.

The people were lovely, Francis is a good manager with high aspirations for the camp, and the staff were friendly and helpful. The shower water was delivered quickly and hot, which is just as well as showering has to be a brief experience when it is so cold in the shower tent. (The brochure says there are chemical toilets but we had a flush one)

Every effort had been made to make the tents attractive inside and the calor gas heaters and hot water bottles made us as comfortable as we could be but our over-riding memory is how cold it was. We had been warned but we thought it would be 'cold for Africa' rather than cold for people coming from a cold place, I don't think that you can over-emphasise this to let people know what to expect.

We didn't have time to take the opportunity to visit a local Masaai village which was a pity. We visited Lake Manyara on the way to Ngorongoro but it was the most disappointing part of our trip as it felt more like a UK safari park than a national park and was very crowded with people trying to spot wildlife.

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Ms O & Mr W - Surbiton
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Lemala Luxury Camp Ngorongoro review

This was our first camp and we really enjoyed it. The food was great, everyone - staff and guests - very friendly. Being escorted to your tent at night by a maasai was unexpected!

It was cold in the morning and evening but luckily we'd taken a few jumpers. Liked having the trunks to put all our stuff in as it kept the tent tidy.

Location was fantastic - we were in the crater very early in the morning before other vehicles.

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