Lemala Ewanjan

Lemala Ewanjan: Our full report

Rooms
12 tents
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 1 review
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Opened in 2010, Lemala Ewanjan is well-located in the central Seronera area of the Serengeti in Tanzania, which has a good variety of resident game. It's an uncomplicated and comfortable camp, with lovely views of the sun setting over the plains.

Ewanjan is very similar in style and design to other Lemala camps, which include Lemala Ngorongoro, the seasonal Lemala Mara-Ndutu camps, the new Lemala Kuria Hills and Lemala Manyara.

Lemala Ewanjan has 12 tents set on the western slopes of Makoma Hill, which can each accommodate up to two adults and two children. Each wooden-floored tent has either two queen-size or one king-size bed; the tents with the king-size beds are slightly more spacious.

The chunky beds are upholstered with leather, while bright green furnishings provide pops of colour. A quirky writing desk, made of an old suitcase, stands in one corner of the bedroom and there's also a dressing table and a lockable trunk. The comfortable lounge area is furnished with green armchairs and has tea-and-coffee-making facilities.

Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet, running water for the basin and 24-hour solar lighting. Hot water for the bucket showers needs to be requested and will be brought to the tents; enough for a three-to-four-minute shower. Bathrobes, hand soap, and soft white towels are provided, as well as insect repellant.

The main area comprises a separate lounge and dining area, joined by a central bar. The décor is neutral, based on a palette of greens, creams and browns and complemented by plenty of leather and canvas. There are leather sofas, office-style leather swivel chairs, chandeliers, chunky wooden furniture and rugs strewn over the floor. Green cushions and blankets add a touch of colour. The lounge is especially comfortable, with lots of cushions dotted about and a bookshelf filled with games and books. A small curio shop is stacked into one of the cupboards and there's a battery charging point in the corner.

Outside the main areas, a few chairs look towards a campfire, where guests can relax with a drink before dinner and recount the adventures of their day.

It's worth mentioning that the camp does lack decent shade. Although there are trees around, none of them cast much shade over the tents, which means it can be very hot in the daytime during the summer months (both inside and outside the tents).

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 camp’s own vehicles and guides.

Activities from camp are centered around game drives throughout the Seronera region, where there are great numbers of wildlife to be seen. It is the busiest part of the Serengeti though, so it’s preferable to have a good amount of time here to explore further away from the other vehicles.

Our view

This part of the central Serengeti boasts good opportunities for viewing game throughout the year. Lemala Ewanjan offers a 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 three to four nights to explore the surrounding area.

Directions: The camp is a short drive from Seronera Airstrip. However, most guests will drive here with a private driver-guide.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Lemala

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: For breakfast, a buffet of fruit, breads, jams, pastries, tea, coffee and juices is served, along with a hot breakfast cooked to order.

Lunch is a light three-course meal, consisting of soup, salads or a small cooked meal, often followed by fruit. There is also the option to take a packed lunch and head out on a full day game drive.

Dinner is a three-course set menu, typically eaten communally. On our last stay, in June 2017, we had a delicious pumpkin soup to start, followed by a creamy pork and vegetable dish and a chocolate dessert. The food was very enjoyable and the service attentive.

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. Bottled drinking water is supplied in the tents.

Further dining info: Room service is available.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children aged over six are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: The camp will sometimes accept children under six but they are solely their parents’ responsibility and cannot be left unattended.

Special activities & services: There are a few board games in the lounge. Local Maasai can conduct a couple of activities around the grounds, such as tracking or making bows and arrows.

Equipment: Smaller beds for children are available on request.

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

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: The lights in the tents are powered by solar energy. Batteries can only be charged in the main area.

Communications: There cellphone signal is very weak but there is free WiFi in the main area.

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

Water supply: Transported in

Water supply notes: There are flush toilets, basins with running water and a bucket shower. Bottled water should be used for drinking and brushing teeth.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a first-aid kit in the main area and all the managers have first-aid training. In an emergency, Seronera Airstrip is only 45 minutes’ drive for transportation to the nearest hospital.

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 three 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.

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