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A dream camp!
This camp was the highlight of our month long trip through Tanzania. It is one of only a few in the Crater and tucked away into the most beautiful forested area. You almost wouldn't even know it's there but then these beautiful tents spring up out of nowhere. The camp even has its own entrance into the crater so you beat the traffic. Every element of this tented camp is fantastic -- the food is delicious (and we are vegetarian so require some effort); the "bush tv" (cocktails around the fire with spontaneous visits from zebras and elephants) is unbelievably peaceful; and the rooms were the most comfortable we found on our trip. They are so tastefully decorated and the chance to hear the sound of the jungle -- birds, animals in the brush, soft rain -- while finding your room delicately turned down with a hot water bottle tucked in the foot is unbeatable. The morning ritual was our favorite -- at a time you set, your assigned camp guide or warrior brings you coffee, tea and biscuits in bed and points out the animals that wandered into camp that night. And of course the game drive -- the most important element of the trip -- was fantastic. It's no exaggeration to say that Lemala has the finest vehicles in the crater. They are new, with giant windows, open top and all of the features you could want, like blankets for the wind and cold Coca Colas when it gets hot. Our guide, Freddie, seemed to know all of the best places to take us and we had a fantastic day seeing the concentration of wildlife in the park. On our final night, the whole camp staff played music and we all ended up dancing. Everyone in camp was laughing and smiling and it was one of the highlights of our whole month long trip. If you are considering visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, you must stay with Lemala. We will be back!
We stayed at 3 Lemala camps in Tanzania in Dec 2019 - Lemala Ngorongoro, Lemala Ndutu and Lemala Kuria Hills. It was a trip of a lifetime. The safaris were spectacular. Each one of the Lemala camps was fabulous and unique in its own right. Even though they were all Lemala camps, the ambience and experience was different at each location. Ngorongoro was a tropical rainforest-like experience; Ndutu was a sub-saharan plains experience; Kuria hills was a mix of both with extreme luxury. At each of the camps, we were catered to day and night, the camp staff took care of our every need and attended to every detail - from breakfast at 6am, packed lunches for safaris and a fabulous dinner every night. They even took care of our special dietary needs at the camps - I’m vegetarian and they made a lovely vegetarian meal for me every day. They organized safaris as per our preference. We saw every animal there was to see in each game drive. We couldn’t be more pleased with our trip. We want to make special mention of Charles, who was our caretaker at the Lemala Ndutu camp. He took care of our every need, he was so polite and he took care of us as if we were his family. Thank you, Charles, for making us feel at home. Our guide for the game drives was Robert. He ensured that we saw all the animals there were to see and drove us everywhere through the Serengeti. Thank you Robert for all the wonderful safari game drives - it was beyond our expectations! At Lemala Kuria Hills, we were spoiled rotten by Rajabe and his staff and particularly our server Jamal (I’m sorry, if I got the name wrong). They treated us like royalty!!! They made us special meals - we were treated with authentic Tanzanian cuisine and per my request even a meal that was a fusion of Indian and Tanzanian cuisines - every meal was absolutely delicious. Rajabe and Godwill surprised us with a wonderful sunset treat up a little hill with a spectacular view of the Serengeti with drinks and snack - it was one of the most memorable experiences of our life!!! Albert was our guide for the game drives, he was extremely knowledgeable and drove us through far lands with exquisite scenic beauty where we saw plenty of animals. Thank you, Rajabe, Jamal , Godwill and Albert. We had a wonderful time and an experience of a lifetime!!! Thank you for sharing beautiful Tanzania with us. You all went above and beyond what was expected! We are in love with Tanzania because of your hospitality. We hope that we can come back and see you all again soon!! A big shout out to Yellow Zebra Safaris for organizing this entire itinerary for us - since we were first-timers for a safari, they ensured that our trip covered what we wanted and made excellent recommendations. Thank you so much Lauren @ Yellow Zebra Safaris!! If you are going for a Safari, we highly recommend the Lemala lodges, you will receive more than you expect and pay for! The Lemala Kuria Hills camp is not to be missed - it is extremely luxurious, the staff go above and beyond to take care of their guests.
The Perfect African Experience
We used Grand Africa Safaris (Arusha) to coordinate our trip to the Serengeti. Our guide, Solomon, was fabulous. We stayed at the Lemala Ngorongoro Camp for two nights. Staff, food, accommodations were all fabulous -- and the perfect African safari experience. We went down in to the crater with our guide each day and saw so much wildlife!
great people , rooms and great food.we have stayed at over 60 camps thru out the years and would put this camp in the top 5 in Africa.Great view from you deck. The beds are big and great.the services is outstanding.
A bit rustic
The camp staff was very nice and professional, the safari guide great, the location was the best thing goin because it is very close to the crater. The tents were very comfortable but I did not like the toilet. You had to wait 10 minutes after flushing, there is also a bucket shower. There is a charging station at the main tent plus WiFi.
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