Lemala Ewanjan: Our full report
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 bed frames 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 will be provided on request. 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 into Seronera airstrip 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.
When we last visited in February 2018 we were told that the camp plans to upgrade a few of the tents and some of the furniture in the communal area.
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.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Stay here for three to four nights to explore the surrounding area.
- The camp is around a 30 min drive from Seronera Airstrip. However, most guests will drive here with a private driver-guide.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- We didn’t have time to sample the food on our last visit, however, when we stayed here in June 2017 breakfast was a buffet of fruit, breads, jams, pastries. Tea, coffee and juices are 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. We were served 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.
- Family holidays
- Lemala have a children's programme 'Lemala Cubs'. This is aimed at under 12's and includes fun activities around camp with a focus of entertaining and educating younger visitors about local wildlife and the African bush.
- See ideas for Family holidays
- Lemala Ewanjan offers a good value base for honeymooners in the central Serengeti. Whilst not overly luxurious the tents are very comfortable and have everything that you need. The friendly and personalised service will ensure that your have an enjoyable and memorable stay.
- See ideas for Honeymoons
- 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.
- Smaller beds for children are available on request.
- Generally recommended for children
- This is a wild, unfenced camp in an area with a lot of dangerous game, so Expert Africa would not recommend it for children under the age of 12.
- Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Lemala Ewanjan
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Lemala Ewanjan have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- The lights in the tents are powered by solar energy. Currently there are no charging points in the tent, but batteries can be charged in the main area.
- There cellphone signal is very weak but there is free WiFi in the main area and a radio in each tent for contacting reception and security.
- TV & radio
- Water supply
- 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
- 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.
Hot air ballooning
- 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.
- 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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