The Ngorongoro Crater is sometimes known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’; it is the largest volcanic crater in the world. Almost everybody has heard of the crater; view wise it is on a par with the Grand Canyon. That aside it is still an awe inspiring view which will live with you for the rest of your life.
Lemala Ngorongoro is an intimate, seasonal camp set in a delightful, ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater next to the quiet Lemala access route. The camp offers accommodation under canvas in only 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent. Each spacious tent is fitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower.
This is a great little tented camp with a great location on the rim of the crater. We like this property during the warmer months (DEC-MAR). We find camping at 6,000 feet to be quite chilly during the cooler months so warn potential guests accordingly.
The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, bookshelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before dining under chandeliers, which is hosted by the camp manager. The camp works closely with the local Masai community who often provide dances and talks on Masai life, their cultures, traditions and ceremonies. Guests enjoy the opportunity to interact with the Masai, learning more about their traditional lifestyles.
Game drives from the camp may start as early as 6:15am and it only takes 15 minutes to descend onto the crater floor, the scenery is breath-taking and the wildlife abundant. Very often Lemala clients are on their own on the crater floor, enjoying the solitude and early morning light. Lemala guests therefore enjoy longer and significantly higher quality game drives.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers. Each room has its own rock enclosed balcony offering stunning views over the Craters splendor.