Lemala Ngorongoro

Reviews of Lemala Ngorongoro

Good(85%) From 26 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 26 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.
Prof W from Queensland
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Atmospheric safari camp at Ngorongoro

Peaceful tented camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. While not actually blessed with views to the crater floor, the camp has impressive vistas across the rainforest canopy that encircles the crater.

The tents are well appointed, with reasonably plush interiors and plenty of blankets and hot water bottles for the chillier-than-expected temperatures. The staff were very friendly and wickedly generous with drinks - be careful with the gin and tonics! Communal dining can be hit and miss, but we were fortunate to have entertaining companions for both nights of our stay - basically it was a well-lubricated dinner party with excellent catering and wonderful new friends.

The camp is close to the Lemala gate, so a quick early morning getaway is easy to beat the crowds to the crater floor.

Highly recommended

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Mr A. from new york
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent location

Excellent everything - location, camp, staff, food

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Dr & Mrs N from USA
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Lemala Ngorongoro review

Lunches were terrible....

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers did not enjoy the picnic lunch boxes provided and eaten at the usual crowded picnic spot in the Ngorongoro Crater during their full-day safari. Lemala Ngorongoro offer a more private Crater floor lunch set up with a table and chairs in a glade away from the main picnic site for US$90 per person (2019 price). Expert Africa will make guests of the camp aware of this option going forward. We are sorry that we did not make these guests aware of the option.

Mr S from Burke
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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They treat you well

We chose this camp for its great location. It is the only camp that gives you a decent shot at getting down to the crater before the crowds arrive.
But we were also very pleased by the courteous and helpful and efficient staff. We were greeted when we arrived and they all gathered to bid us farewell when we left. During our stay, their service was great, including the talking shower.

We needed packed breakfast at 6AM, and they cheerfully obliged.

Dinner was communal. and fixed course. The food was well prepared.

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The D family from Essex
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lemala Ngorongoro review

Lemala camp is ideally based for early access to the crater, however it is in among the trees offering no views of the beautiful surrounding area and was very cold at night during our 2 night stay.

The staff were very kind and helpful and the food was good.

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Mr & Mrs from Surrey
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A cosy stay at Lemala Ngorongoro

Although a more basic camp, we were thoroughly relaxed at the Lemala Ngorongoro tented camp. The staff were extremely welcoming and it is in a great position for early access to the crater.

The bucket showers (talking showers!) were great fun and arrived promptly when requested. The tent was very well equipped and cosy, with a heater for the cold evenings, hot water bottles and a flask of hot water for tea. The food was good but spicy - typical of local food. Wildlife visited the camp during the night, so the Masai guards escorted us after dark.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here

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Mrs & Mr K from Geneva
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A warm welcome on top of the cool crater

Even we are within the national park where animals could roam around. We felt very safe as there are massai guide around. At night, they will escort us from the tent to the main tent.

In September, the temperature is already cool in the morning and at night. The presence of heating Inside the tent plus the hot water bottle they put Under our duvet kept us nicely warm. Not to forget to mention is the food which is great.

On the negative side, I requested vegetarian meal for the trip and the camp is not aware of it. However, the next day, they has already take note and presented my vegetarian option discreetly.

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The Y family from Vermont
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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jump off for the Crater

Wonderful place to stay when spending most of your time in the Crater. Common tent was dark but we only used it for breakfast and dinner.

Excellent service and great campfire circle in the eves. No view since it is in an acacia forest but you will not be there much in daylight.

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Mr & Mrs P from Flaunden
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Big five sighting at Lemala Ngorongoro

Another great Lemala camp at Ngorongoro. Excellent comfortable tent again with wooden floor, sofa, hot water bottles and this time a gas heater which was much appreciated in the chilly extremes of the day at altitude. Superb position with easy access to crater at 6am before anybody else. The staff were helpful and polite but seemed a little distant and less interactive than at other camps. Nevertheless, we would recommend this camp above all its competitors because of its location in the wilderness.

We encountered a number of travellers whom excluded the Ngorongoro Crater from their itinerary, for fear of too many vehicles, mass tourism and dust. This was not our experience at this time of year, when the maximum number of vehicles around a lion kill was no more than five, and all drivers were courteous to other visitors and respectful to the animals. At times, we were on our own in parts of the beautiful crater expanse which was an amazing experience.

The game viewing was excellent, despite no off-roading being permitted. 25 lion, 11 black rhino, numerous huge tuckers, hunting hyena and prolific bird life were encountered in this extraordinary geographical setting and was certainly not to be missed. Our morning departure was met with a leopard emerging from the forest on the crater rim road to complete a Big Five sighting!

Again, Ayub, our highly experienced guide for the week was outstanding for his overall care and professionalism.

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The Sand Martins from Oxon
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lemala Ngorongoro review

The Lemala camp enjoys a superb location on the Crater rim, inside the Park. We spent two nights there. Like everyone else at the camp, we had travelled there with our own personal guide.

The tents were very comfortable, with bucket showers on demand, and generally well equipped, although lacking a torch. It was quite cold at night, but we were comfortably warm in the tent with a gas heater and hot water bottles. The camp staff were friendly and helpful, although on occasions needed prompting, for example restocking the camp fire after dinner.

The camp's location enabled us to be one of the first people in the Crater, before the crowds arrived. The setting of the Crater floor is spectacular, and it was certainly worthwhile to spend one day there, but we have had better game viewing elsewhere. The vehicle density at sightings was uncomfortably large.

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