Ngorongoro Conservation Area
GPS Co-ordinates: S 03º 07.561’ E 35º 40.124’
OPEN ALL YEAR EXCEPT APRIL & MARCH, 9 EN-SUITE SEASONAL TENTS, MINIMUM
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 has been re-furbished recently with new tents and
furnishings and offers accommodation in 9 spacious canvas tents ensuring
intimacy and minimal impact on the pristine forest environment.
The new tents can now accommodate two queen beds or a king bed which
have warm duvets and hot water bottles. There is a gas heater to warm up
the tents in the evening, wooden flooring with rugs and 24-hour solar
lighting. The roomy en-suite bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush
toilet and a large safari shower. Each tent can accommodate 2 adults and
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 cocktails before dining
under chandeliers with the camp manager. House beverages are included at
The camp works closely with the local Masai community and often there
are dances and talks on Masai traditions and ceremonies providing guests
the opportunity to interact with the tribe.
Lemala’s major advantage over any other accommodation in the Ngorongoro
area is the quick and easy access into the crater. Game drives from the
camp may start as early as 6.15am and there is no time wasting at the
gate as you can drive straight down to the floor within 10 to 15 minute.
Lemala guests usually have an hour’s head start over others in the
morning, which is crucial for photographers who demand the best light
conditions. Another advantage is its close proximity to Ol Moti and
Empakai craters, where one can trek to admire beautiful landscapes and
habitats. Escorted walks are also available from the camp into the
forest and along the crater rim with an armed ranger and a Masai to
enjoy spectacular panoramic views.
If you care about spending quality time at the crater then you should
seriously consider staying at this gorgeous seasonal camp in a lovely
forest, filled with sounds of birds and wildlife. The camp is very
popular so do book early.
OPEN: All year except April and March
SIZE: 8 Luxury tents and 1 family tent. Each luxury tent can accommodate
triple. The family tent can accommodate 2 adults and 2 to 3 children.
LEMALA ACCESS ROUTE: This route can be used for entry and exit
Game walk - min 2pax
Private lunch inside the crater - min 4pax
LOCATION: First turning to the left after the Lemala access gate
NEAREST AIRSTRIP: Manyara
APPROX. DRIVING TIMES:
From Manyara airstrip - 2.5hrs
From Lemala Ndutu - 3.5hrs
From Lemala Mara - 8.5hrs
From Lemala Tarangire - 4.5hrs
From Lemala Ewanjan Seronera Valley - 4hrs
From Arusha - 4hrs
RATES: Available on game package or drive-in rates. Children rates
applies for 6-16 yrs. For complete inclusions and exclusions please see
the rate sheet.
About Ngorongoro Crater
In the Great Rift Valley, that great schism in the earth's crust, lies
the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural
world. It is an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25
million years ago thus forming a vast superbowl where the largest
permanent concentration of African game is on display.
The central bowl, the caldera, has sides roughly 1,950 feet high and a
flattish centre with a diameter of about ten miles. The views from the
top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking. The crater walls are
forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this
primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that
shelters around 40,000 animals. Many of these are the large grazing
animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra who depend on the
open grasslands in the crater. These attract the attendant predators,
the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena. The elephant found within
the caldera tend to be the lone males who have left the herds in the
forested crater rim.
When the water stocks are low elsewhere the animals within this
micro-world turn to the swamps for fresh water and food. Elephants feed
on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree
forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino
that have taken refuge here. A soda lake, fed by the Munge river
attracts water birds, including flamingos and is a favourite place for
predators to make their kill. Wildly beautiful as it is, it is not
surprising that Ngorongoro Crater has been called a Garden of Eden.
The conservation area also encompasses several other volcanos, one of
which, Oldonyo Lengai, is still live. You may struggle to the top, if
you wish, to gaze into its open and sulphurous maw but many prefer to
admire from afar. One of the most fascinating attractions in the area is
the Olduvai Gorge, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose
layer upon layer of volcanic soil. This is where Dr Louis and Mary
Leakey found the remains of hominids "Nutcracker Man" and "Toolmaking
Man". The "Cradle of Mankind" now has a visitor centre where you may
hear a short lecture on the the work of the Leakeys and their successors
and a small museum where you may see some of their finds, including a
giant giraffe - it is hard to believe that they were once even taller!