Reviews of Lemala Nanyukie
Wildlife sightings and reviews
6 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Lemala Nanyukie and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
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"Lemala Nanyukie review"
The hosts new their job well and have created a superb camp in the Namiri Plains, watch out Asilia they are hot on your tails and not as costly.
The main migration had passed this way a month or so earlier and so the wildlife was thinning out a bit, but plenty of Lions" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Lemala Nanyukie review"
Guests are well divided among the different and spacious main buildings. There are many places to relax, eat or just have a drink. Basically, I liked the Lemala Mpingo Ridge Camp a little better in the design and maintenance. If you pay attention to details, you will find a few things that you would expect better. These are the things that distinguish a very good camp from an excellent one. However, this is only a snapshot and may be improved. But this is not something why I do not go to the camp.
The staff was very concerned about my well-being. Even though I was completely alone in the camp. What a luxury on this trip (6 camps and three times completely alone and twice only at short term with 2 other guests in the camp).
Food was perfect for me. Basically, however, this is very subjective. Everyone evaluates this differently, but who is not satisfied with it has its own problems (for me). It is certainly not due to the food. Therefore: Thumbs up
Guiding was okay but in the other camps I liked it more. Lemala switch guides between their camps. Basically, I never expect a specific sighting and just then the unexpected happens and the day is perfect.
Highlight: Seeing "Manja" the melanistic serval direct at the car" See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"Lemala Nanyukie review"
General review of Lemala Nyanukie and sister camps, Mpingo Ridge and Kuria Hills: This review applies to Lemala camps at Mpingo Ridge, Nanyukie and Kuria Hills. It's very difficult to give feedback on each individual Lemala Camp because they were all so similar (apart from Lemala Ngorongoro). The rooms all had the same layout, the furnishings were almost identical and although the staff were all individual personalities, after spending time in Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam, by the time we returned home I couldn't remember which people worked at which lodges. What I can say is that all of them were excellent. Everyone we met went out of their way to make us welcome and they treated us like VIPs.
The suites were all lovely; spacious and comfortable with everything we could possibly need. I was especially pleased with the beds which were supremely comfortable. I had been concerned that the lack of air conditioning might make sleeping difficult but I needn't have worried; the fans were sufficient to ensure a good nights' rest.
The food was excellent in all the lodges and we both ate and drank far more than we do at home! The only (very minor) criticism would be that the picnic lunches were a little "samey".
In fact I suppose that could be said about the camps/lodges themselves. Beautifully luxurious though they all are, one felt much like all the others. Still, it's a winning formula so I can understand why they're all the same." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania; 8n in Zanzibar
"Big cats and one smaller very special one"
Lots of highlights thanks to our eagle-eyed guide Barnabas:
On the first evening game drive we were extremely lucky to see the melanistic serval hunting for rats in the long grass.
A full day out around Seronera and to the west (usually packed with vehicles) produced plentiful sightings with very few people about. A leopard up a tree still managed to draw in a few other jeeps. On other days we headed south and east and saw hardly anyone. On our last full day we were able to spend the best part of a morning at a kopje with a female leopard and her three cubs.
Being close to Namiri Plains this area has lots of big cats: we saw cheetah mum and four cubs, other cheetahs and lots of lions (including Ziggy Jnr, son of the TV star who we had first seen here in 2017). There are also HUGE numbers of Thomson gazelles.
At camp the staff were very welcoming. A special mention goes to Christina in the restaurant. The food was excellent apart from the bush breakfasts, which were not five-star. A better option is to go to the restaurant before you go out on your morning game drive. However, the bush lunch hampers for full days out are very good. On our last night there was a surprise private dining African meal by the pool followed by singing and dancing to mark our 40th wedding anniversary. There is separate dining here in any event, which will suit some.
Access to the camp is a 20-minute drive along the same route in and out every time but still offers varied sightings. We had a superb time with side-striped jackal parents with two sub adults.
Due to an admin mix-up by Lemala our visit didn't start well when there was no-one to collect us at Seronera air strip but once that was resolved (with the help of Coastal pilots and an Asilia guide) we had a superb five-night stay which exceeded our expectations." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
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Well managed camp with lovely staff. Our sundowner experience was a lovely touch." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 1n in Kenya
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Nomad Serengeti Camp
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Dunia Camp is well located for the migration from December to March, and has excellent game viewing for the rest of the year.
Namiri Plains Camp
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Kati Kati Camp
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Ndutu Safari Lodge
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Kusini Camp is permanent, luxury camp located on a beautiful kopje in a quiet, wildlife-rich corner of the south-west Serengeti.
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The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is a large, hotel-style lodge and a good family-friendly base from which to explore the central Serengeti.
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Faru Faru Lodge
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Sabora Tented Camp
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Kirurumu Migration Camp
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Ndutu Kati Kati
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Lake Masek Tented Camp
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Mara Kati Kati
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Serengeti Pioneer Camp
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