Ngorongoro Crater rim
Permanent tented camp
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a really special stay as close as possible to the Ngorongoro Crater, this should be on your wishlist! With fantastic food, wonderfully friendly staff, spacious, stylish and super-cosy tented suites and speedy access down into the crater itself, this camp has a huge amount to recommend it.
Lemala Ngorongoro is a particular favourite of ours. Set in an ancient acacia forest, it has one of the best and quickest accesses onto the crater floor and has a great reputation for its relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness of its staff. That speedy access into the crater – you can drive down to the crater floor in 10-15 minutes – gives you an hour’s head start over guests from other camps and lodges in the morning.
As well as the geological spectacle of the crater itself, wildlife is brilliant, of course, so you’ll enjoy some excellent game drives. Escorted walks are also available into the forest and along the crater rim. This particular forested area of the crater attracts frequent night visitors in the shape of big bull elephants and herds of buffalo.
The welcoming mess tent has a classic luxury safari feel, with grand sofas, colourful rugs, lamps, and bookshelves and chests made of reclaimed wood – a great place to relax and plan your next day’s adventures. In the evening, gather around the campfire to swap safari stories then tuck into a really good meal before heading to your luxurious tent for the night. The weather on this side of the crater is kinder, with slightly less wind especially at night, but every care has still been taken to make sure that you are cosy and snug in your tent during the chilly Ngorongoro nights, with winter-weight duvets, hot water bottles and heaters.
For young visitors, there is the Lemala Cubs children’s activities, a fun, educational programme that can include things like tracking, walking with the Maasai, bow and arrow making and cookery.
An added bonus is that the Lemala group have excellent 2 for 1 offers throughout the year, which means the camp comes in within a reasonable budget for the standard and style you will receive. We think it is a worthy of a two-night stay.
Times to Go
Ngorongoro is a year-round ‘big five’ safari destination. It’s rainy during April and May, but that can bring accommodation prices down and you can still have some great game drives as long as you can cope with the downpours. March to May are particularly good for birdlife, and from June to October the dry season means that vegetation is minimal in the crater, making it easier to spot the diverse animal populations here.
Lemala Ngorongoro highlights
- Deluxe tented accommodation
- Brilliant location for Ngorongoro Crater
- Beautiful forested views
- Elephants and buffalo frequent the camp
- Excellent game viewing
- Wonderful camp staff
- Lemala Cubs kids’ programme
Lemala Ngorongoro location
- 9 tented suites
- Open all year round
- Children aged 6+ are welcome
- Private safari vehicles (optional)
- Game drives in Ngorongoro
- Forest walks
- Birding walks
- Masai boma visits
- Children’s activity programme
Lemala Ngorongoro rooms
The 9 tents are large and spacious.
Although at ground level, they have wooden bases and each tent has a comfy sofa, fluffy rugs and two superbly comfortable queen-sized beds with warm duvets dressed in cream coloured linen and finished off with colourful Masai throws.
An extra bed can be added if needed. There is a dressing area with plenty of hanging space.
The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets and showers with large shower roses.
All the tents have a shaded verandah with table and chairs.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Lemala camps have minimal impact and Lemala are committed to their social and environmental policies. For example, all waste glass is turned into jewellery by a company which employs disabled people.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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