This photo was taken when the camp was by the Mara River
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, laid out with six tents either side of the main area. Each wooden floored tent has two queen size, or one king size leather bed, with the family tent accommodating up to two adults and up to three children. In one corner of the tent is a storage trunk and a cupboard, with bathrobes provided. The green canvas walls are given a splash of interest by the stripy lamps, mint green blankets on the beds, orange and lime green mats, and the quirky desk, which is made out of a suitcase. The stylish rooms are spacious and comfortable, with a small seating area - a good retreat at the end of a long and exhilarating day watching game viewing! There’s also a small outside seating area with cowhide chairs for enjoying the sunset.
The wooden floor continues into the en suites, where there’s a flush toilet and bucket shower with running water, 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 layout and facilities of the bathrooms is exactly the same as for Lemala Ewanjan.
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.
Our viewLemala 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.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 3 - 4 nights to explore the surrounding area and wildebeest migration.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Although we haven't had a chance to eat at Lemala Mara-Ndutu, we have stayed at Lemala's other properties and so we expect the food to be of a similar standard. Each meal is taken communally, allowing you to get to know the other guests and their sightings of the day! Three course evening meals are hearty and tasty, if not gourmet, but there's certainly enough to go around.
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.
Attitude towards children: The camp accepts children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.
Special activities & services: None.
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.
Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.
Communications: There is no internet or phone service here.
TV & radio: There is no TV or internet here.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The staff are first aid trained and the camp can call the flying doctors in case of an emergency.
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.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Money: Lemala Mara-Ndutu accepts payment in UK pounds, Tanzanian shillings, Euros and US dollars cash.
Accepted payment on location: There are no credit cards accepted here.