Lemala Mara-Ndutu: Our full report
Lemala Mara-Ndutu is a seasonal camp that 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.
Lemala Mara and Lemala Ndutu are part of the Lemala family of camps, which include Lemala Ngorongoro, Lemala Ewanjan and Lemala Manyara.
The camp has 12 tents including one family tent, all of which have been upgraded in 2018. Each wooden floored tent has two queen size, or one king size bed, with the family tent accommodating up to two adults and up to three children. At the end of the bed is a large wooden lockable storage trunk and a metal rail for hanging clothes. The neutral coloured interiors are given a splash of interest by the stripy rugs, and orange blankets on the beds. A quirky writing desk made out of old leather suitcases sits in one corner. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a small outside seating area - a good retreat at the end of a long and exhilarating day watching game viewing!
The wooden floor continues into the en suites, where there's a flush toilet and bucket shower, plus 24-hour solar lighting. To one side of the bathroom is a dressing table and golden-framed mirror, plus a gold sink with plenty of mineral water for brushing teeth. The overall layout and style of the camp is very similar to other tented Lemala Camps.
The main areas of the camp have a separate living and dining area, with a central bar area joining the two. There's a tiny curio shop, a small library, and an area for charging cameras and phones. 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. Outside is the campfire, where pre and post dinner drinks are taken, and tales of the day's sightings are shared. From the main area, it is possible to see the Mara River from Lemala Mara, so lucky guests may even spot a river crossing.
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.
Lemala 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 by friendly staff - and the communal dining aspect lends it a real bush-camp feel.
Country manager: Tanzania
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Stay here for 3 - 4 nights to explore the surrounding area and wildebeest migration.
- 30 minutes to Kogatende Airstrip (when the camp is located in the north).
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- The food at this camp is of the same standard as other Lemala properties.
Meals are communal affairs, allowing you to get to know the other guests and their sightings of the day! breakfast consists of a small buffet of cereals, yoghurts, pastries and fruit, with hot items cooked to order.
Guests usually opt to take a boxed lunch out with them, but if eaten in camp this is usually a light two course meal.
Dinner is a three course set menu, and the food is are hearty and tasty, if not gourmet, but there's certainly more than enough to go around. On our last stay in October 2018 we had green banana soup and chapatti to start, followed by beef and roasted vegetables and finishing with a chocolate and hax=zlenut cake with a mango puree.
- Attitude towards children
- The camp accepts children of all ages.
- Property’s age restrictions
- There are no age restrictions here.
- Special activities & services
- Lemala Cubs children's programme runs across all of the Lemala camps and offers fun and educational activities for young guests including tracking prints around camp, archery and toasting marshmallows.
- Generally recommended for children
- Due to the wild nature of this camp, which is not fenced, we would not recommend it for children under the age of 12.
- Children should be under parental supervision at all times.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Lemala Mara-Ndutu
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Lemala Mara-Ndutu 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
- Back up generator for emergencies only.
There are no charging points in room. Batteries and electronics can be charged in the main central area.
- There is intermittent wifi in the main tent. There is no phone service here.
- TV & radio
- There is no TV or internet here.
- Water supply
- Transported in
- Water supply notes
- Flush toilets and safari ‘bucket’ showers.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- There is a first aid kit on site, and staff are first aid trained. In case of serious emergency the camp will call the flying doctors.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- The camp is watched by 5 guards and an armed ranger.
- Fire safety
- Fire extinguishers are located in the main area and the kitchen.
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- Full Laundry Service – Included. Underwear is not accepted.
- Lemala Mara-Ndutu accepts payment in UK pounds, Tanzanian shillings, Euros and US dollars cash.
- Accepted payment on location
- Payments in cash only - credit cards are not accepted here.
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