Lemala Ewanjan

Lemala Ewanjan: Our full report

Rooms
7 tents
Open
All year

Opened in 2010, Lemala Ewanjan is located in the Seronera area of the Serengeti, which enjoys good resident game throughout the year. It’s an uncomplicated and comfortable camp very similar in style and design to other Lemala Camps.

Ewanjan’s sister camps include Lemala Ngorongoro, the seasonal Lemala Mara and Ndutu camps, the new Lemala Kuria Hills and Lemala Manyara.

Lemala Ewanjan has 9 tents set on the western slopes of Makoma Hill, affording lovely views of the sun setting over the plains. Each wooden floored tent has two queen sized, or one king sized bed, with the rooms with the king sized bed being the more spacious of the two. The beds are chunky, with leather upholstery and bright orange bedspreads. Up to two adults and two children can be accommodated in each tent. A quirky writing desk made of an old suitcase stands in one corner of the bedroom, and there’s also a dressing table, a lockable trunk and comfortable lounge area with green armchairs and tea and coffee making facilities.

Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and running water, and 24-hour solar lighting. The water for the bucket showers needs to be requested, and hot water will be brought to the tents. This water is enough for a 3-4 minute shower. Bathrobes, hand soap, and soft white towels are provided, as well as insect repellant. In one corner of the bathroom is a gold frames mirrors and matching gold sink.

The main areas have a separate living and dining area, with a central bar area joining the two. Expect leather sofas, office style leather swivel chairs, chandeliers, chunky wooden furniture and rugs strewn over the floor. The lounge is especially comfortable, with many cushions dotted about, and a bookshelf filled with games and books. A small curio shop hides in one of the cupboards and there’s a charging point in the corner of the lounge to charge up batteries.

The camp is decorated in neutral colours, greens, creams and browns, with plenty of leather and canvas used. Here and there, red cushions and blankets add a touch of colour.

Outside the main areas, a few chairs look towards the campfire, where guests relax with a drink before dinner and regale the day’s adventures.

The whole camp is lacking in shade – although there are trees around, none casts much shade over the tents, so it was very hot in the daytime (both inside and outside the tents) when we last visited, although the side tent flaps can be opened to allow more air to circulate. There were also a considerable number of tsetse flies, although the camp assured us they were taking measures to reduce this.

You'll most likely visit Lemala Ewanjan with your own private driver-guide as part of a longer trip, but it is also possible to fly in and use the camps own vehicles and guides.

Our view

The central Serengeti enjoys good game throughout the year, and so Lemala Ewanjan offers another luxurious and stylish tented option in this area for those on a slightly higher budget.

Geographics

Location: Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 3 - 4 nights to explore the surrounding area.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: None of the team at Expert Africa has eaten at Lemala Ewanjan, however based on our experience of the food at other Lemala Camps, we would expect it to be varied, tasty and fresh.

For breakfast, a buffet of fruit, breads, jams, pastries, tea, coffee and juices is served, with a cooked breakfast cooked to order. Lunch is a light meal of salads or a small cooked meal, often followed by fruit. Dinner is a three course set menu, often with a soup to start, followed by meat and vegetables, and finished off with a tasty dessert.

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Most drinks are included apart from premium wines and spirits.

Further dining info: Room service is available.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children over the age of 6 are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: The camp does not accept children under the age of 6 years.

Special activities & services: There are a few board games in the lounge.

Equipment: Smaller beds for children are available on request.

Notes: Children must be under adult supervision at all times.

Infrastructure

Communications: There is very weak cellphone signal

TV & radio: There is no TV here – the camp is very remote.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is no TV here – the camp is very remote.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: The camp is guarded at night by Askaris (Maasai guards) who will also escort guests to the rooms after dark.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in each tent.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included but is limited to 3 garments per person per day. No underwear is accepted but there is washing powder in the rooms for this.

Money: There are lockable chests in the rooms.

Accepted payment on location: No credit cards are accepted but the lodge accepts cash payments in US dollars, UK pounds, Euros and Tanzanian shillings.