Ngorongoro Crater Rim
Permanent tented camp
Kirurumu Ngorongoro Pakulala Tented Camp
Set in a fabulous spot right on the crater rim this is a brilliant option if you don’t want to break the bank, but want good accommodation with friendly staff and incredible views. Game drives are excellent, and hiking from the camp is a great way to interact with the Maasai and get a new perspective on the gorgeous landscape.
This lovely little camp is a gem, set in an unrivalled position on the crater rim. The views are amazing, and you’re in a prime location to reach the floor of the crater easily and quickly, so you’ll be there well ahead of the crowds each morning.
It’s not high-end luxury but you’re certainly not roughing it, and it’s very reasonably priced, particularly considering its stunning location. The tents are really cosy, with comfy beds and warm blankets for you to snuggle down under on those chilly Ngorongoro nights, and food is really good – just what you need after a day’s hiking or game viewing.
Game viewing is superb in Ngorongoro, with year-round Big 5 wildlife inside the crater itself, and fantastic wildlife in the wider conservation area. A day trip to Empakai Crater is another good option, as you’ll get to see huge numbers of flamingos near the lake.
Pakulala offers a good range of walking and hiking opportunities from camp, including a climb to a waterfall on Olmoti mountain. This is a terrific way to explore the gorgeous scenery as well as interact with the local pastoral Masai, without the stage-managed bit. You will just be walking through the area they live and tend their herds, but if you’d like to spend time with them, visits can be arranged. Hikes can range from half an hour to a full day hike. Two-day walking excursions can also be planned.
Times to Go
Ngorongoro area is a year-round destination for game viewing, though particularly good during the dry season (July to October), when short vegetation makes it easy to spot animals. January-February is when the migrating wildebeest calve in the conservation area outside of the crater. The long rains happen from mid-March to May, but the camp is closed for much of this period.
Pakulala Tented Camp highlights
- Good quality accommodation on the crater rim
- Easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater
- Fantastic Crater game viewing
- Cultural encounters with Masaai
- Great walking and hiking
Pakulala Tented Camp location
Pakulala Tented Camp
- 10 en-suite tents
- Open June to March
- Children of all ages welcome
- Game drives in Ngorongoro
- Crater forest walks (optional)
- Day hikes to Olmoti mountain (optional)
- Day trips to Empakai Lake (optional)
- Hiking around Mt Makarot (optional)
- Cultural visits (optional)
Pakulala tented camp rooms
The 10 classic, green safari-style tents feature cowhide chairs and handcrafted elements such as carpets woven by local ladies.
The beds are really comfortable and can be configured as doubles or twins.
All the tents are at ground level with a small covered awning, where you can sit out and enjoy the wonderful views.
There is a separate shower and toilet area at the rear of the tent and this includes a flush loo, wash basin and a shower with plenty of hot water on demand via the bucket system.
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