Lemala Ewanjan is located in the Seronera area, on the western slopes of Makoma Hill.
Lemala Ewanjan: Our full report
Opened in 2010, Lemala Ewanjan is located in the central 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-Ndutu camps, the new Lemala Kuria Hills and Lemala Manyara.
Lemala Ewanjan has 12 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 - the tents with the king sized bed are the slightly 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 a flush toilet and running water for the basin, 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 frame mirrors and matching gold basin.
The main areas have a separate living and dining area, with a central bar area joining the two. 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 is stacked into one of the cupboards and there's a battery charging point in the corner of the lounge.
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 adventures of their day.
It’s worth mentioning that the camp does lack any decent shade – although there are trees around, none casts much shade over the tents; so during the summer months it can be very hot in the daytime (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 camps own vehicles and guides.
Our viewThe 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.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 3 - 4 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
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: None of the team at Expert Africa has eaten at Lemala Ewanjan before, 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, along with a cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light three course meal consisting of soup, salads or a small cooked meal, and then 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. When we visited in April 2015 they were serving crème of vegetable soup as a starter, followed by mango chicken, creamed spinach and apricot cous cous. Dessert was an orange crème caramel.
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.
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.
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 this camp for children under the age of 12. There are also very few activities to keep children amused.
Notes: Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
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 are.
Communications: There is very weak cellphone signal, but there is free Wi-Fi in the main area.
TV & radio: There is no TV here – the camp is very remote.
Water supply: Transported in
Water supply notes: The bottled water that is supplied in each tent should be used for drinking and brushing teeth, rather then the running tap water.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There is a first aid kit in the main area and all of the managers have training in first aid. In an emergency Seronera airstrip is only 45 minutes drive away.
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.
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.