Lemala Mara is the ultimate seasonal camp in Serengeti, within
touching distance of the Mara River and set under large Euclea trees
in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Northern
Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, almost double
the size of the Masai Mara, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes
and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident
wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, with prides of lion up to
30 strong, but nothing compared to when the migration starts
arriving from June onwards. The area then turns into a wildlife
paradise par excellence until November when the migration heads
back south leaving behind a healthy population of resident
predators and grazers. The migration and resident game affirm this
area’s reputation as one of the finest in Africa.
Two of the largest crossing points on the river are nearby and
occasionally guests may observe the exciting crossings from the
comfort of the camp. The spectacular Lamai triangle, Wogakuria
kopjes and Kogatende airstrip are all very easily accessible.
Lemala Mara's naturalists/guides have exceptional local knowledge,
enabling them to take guests to where the action is, in open 4x4
vehicles, away from the crowds. Lemala's vehicles are specifically
designed for long game drives and come equipped with comfortable
seats, charging units and a large refrigerator.
The camp organizes great picnic breakfasts and lunches for those
who want to go on full day game drives. Private vehicles can be
booked in advance at extra cost and are subject to availability.
Lemala’s high specification mobile tents are some of the most
spacious and comfortable seasonal tents in Tanzania. Each tent is
fitted with 2 double beds or 1 king size leather bed, warm duvets,
flush toilet, large safari shower, running water, wooden cabinets
and flooring, 24-hour solar lighting, outside lounger, games table
and much more.
The mess tent has separate living and dining areas with a central
bar and is beautifully decorated with leather sofas, chandeliers,
side cabinets, rugs and chests. In the evening, guests gather
around the campfire for sundowners to share the day’s experiences
before retiring to the dining room for some wine and delicious
Lemala Mara is an exceptional camp with a beautiful location
offering a high quality safari experience with excellent guiding.
The camp can be booked on a private basis. Guests arriving in
their own vehicles should ideally spend 2 nights at Lemala Ewanjan,
our lovely camp in Central Serengeti, before making the 6-hour
drive to Lemala Mara.
OPEN: July to October
SIZE: 11 Luxury tents. Each luxury tent can accommodate triple.
Private bush breakfast or lunch - min 4pax
LOCATION: Mara River, 9 Kms from Kogatende Airstrip
NEAREST AIRSTRIP: Kogatende
APPROX. DRIVING TIMES:
From Lemala Ngorongoro - 9hrs
From Lemala Ewanjan Seronera Valley - 5.5hrs
RATES: Available on game package or drive-in rates. Children rate
applies for 6-16 yrs. For complete inclusions and exclusions
please see the rate sheet.
George Adamson, co-raiser of Elsa the lioness, and husband of "Born
Free" author Joy Adamson, visited the Serengeti in the early sixties
and describes the experience in "Pride and Joy", his autobiography.
At this time he considered it probably the greatest of all game
reserves in Africa and one man was mainly responsible - Bernhardt
Grzimek, Director of Frankfurt Zoo. The Serengeti had suffered
terribly from over-zealous hunting in the 1930's and from
large-scale killing of game during the war. Grzimek applied himself
to the tensions between Maasai need for grazing and the indigenous
wildlife. He and his son carried out a massive survey, using planes
to quantify the game, and identifying and logging the plantlife. He
used his best-seller "Serengeti Shall Not Die" to raise funds and
publicise the exercise. Thanks to the Grzimeks, and to John Owen who
established a renowned scientific research establishment there, the
Serengeti still has an amazing concentration of wildlife.
The 14,763 square kilometres of the Serengeti are probably most famous
for being the southern end of the Great Migration. Every year over 1.5
million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson's
gazelle, follow their instincts and move through the western corridor
on their 1000 kilometre journey to the fresh grazing of the Masai
Mara. Predators pick off the weak, the laggardly and the young and
crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers but they continue
their trek, as they have done since time immemorial. This is one of
the earth's great sights - but it is by no means all the Serengeti has
The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the none
volcanos of the Ngongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of
shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming
after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has
majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make
great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard
are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both
breed here. There are more than 500 species of bird and,
interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle - a sign of a varied
animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may
see hippo and water birds. Perhaps one of the best ways to see the
Serengeti is a hot air balloon ride when, in the cool of the early
morning, you may admire the grandeur, the vastness and the stunning