This photo was taken when the camp was by the Mara River
Lemala Mara-Ndutu: Our full report
Lemala Mara and Lemala Ndutu are party of the Lemala family of camps, which include Lemala Ngorngoro, Lemala Ewanjan and Lemala Manyara. This seasonal camp moves twice in the year - Lemala Mara spends June through October in the northern Serengeti by the Mara River, before closing for two weeks in November and then re-opens as Lemala Ndutu in the southern Ndutu plains from December through March.
The camp has 9 tents including one family tent. Each wooden floored tent has two queen size, or one king size bed, en-suites with flush toilet and shower and running water, and 24-hour solar lighting. The rooms are comfortable, stylish and a good retreat at the end of a long and exhilarating day watching game viewing! The family tent can accommodate up to two adults and up to three children.
The main areas of the camp have a separate living and dining area, with a central bar area joining the two. Expect leather sofas, chandeliers, chunky wooden furniture and quirky cow-skin rugs strewn over the floor, all fairly stylish but certainly without losing that bush-camp feel.
You’ll most likely visit Lemala Mara or Lemala Ndutu with your own private guide but it is also possible to fly in and use the camps own vehicles and guides.
Our viewLemala Mara-Ndutu is a good quality semi-permanent tented camp. Staying here will give you excellent access to the area of the Serengeti where the wildebeest migration should be at that time. The camp is comfortable, stylish and well run - and the communal dining aspect lends it a real bush-camp feel.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 3 - 4 nights to explore the surrounding area and wildebeest migration.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Although we haven’t had a chance to eat at Lemala Mara-Ndutu, we have stayed at Lemala’s other properties and so we expect the food to be of a similar standard. Each meal is taken communally, allowing you to get to know the other guests and their sightings of the day! Meals are hearty and tasty, if not gourmet, but there’s certainly enough to go around.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Attitude towards children: The camp does not accept children under the age of 6 years.
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included