Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Accommodation in Ngorongoro Crater

Set on the edge of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, very close to the Lemala access route, the Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is set in a centuries-old acacia forest with quick and easy access that gives you a head start when visiting the Crater floor.

Lemala Ngorongoro captures the age-old romance of traditional African safaris, with airy wooden-floored canvas tents beautifully draped and furnished with timeless appeal. The 12 large canvas tents have been designed for minimal environmental impact and to ensure maximum privacy for each guest. Each mosquito-proof tent includes two queen-size beds with warm winter duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters for cooler nights, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a dressing area, flush toilet, roomy safari-style shower and plentiful running water. Wooden storage cabinets, 24-hour solar lighting and outside deck loungers from which to enjoy early morning tea or coffee and a refreshing afternoon gin and tonic are some of the simpler safari pleasures that await you.

Relax in your tent on the comfy sofa or your private veranda deck, or head to the spacious mess tent with its adjoining lounge and bar, all furnished with sumptuous sofas, rugs and bookshelves. The mesh tent ‘walls’ blur the boundaries between indoors and the great outdoors, and ensure you can see any passing game. If you must catch up with the outside world, the common areas have internet access. By night, the warm glow of lanterns is magical and alluring. Enjoy communal meals in the mess tent while you take in the views of the acacia forest that stretches ahead. And the evening campfire ritual is the ideal gathering spot to share the day’s adventures and top sightings.

A key advantage of staying at Lemala Ngorongoro is the quick and easy access into the Crater floor. Game drives from the camp may start as early as 6.15am and you can drive straight down to the floor within 10 to 15 minutes – there is no time wasted at the gate and Lemala guests usually have an hour’s head start over others in the morning, which is crucial for photographers who demand the best light conditions. Escorted walks are also available into the forest and along the crater rim with an armed ranger and a Maasai.

Things to do
• Game drives
• Guided Rim Walk (with ranger and Maasai guide)
• Birdwatching
• Maasai boma cultural experience
• Big 5 encounters
• Bush sundowners
• Lemala Cubs kids’ activities

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