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Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp
melbourne
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28 reviews
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“A major highlight”
Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

If you want high end luxury maybe consider somewhere else, but if you are looking for a very comfortable camp with a great feel then we would recommend Lemala. From the initial warm greeting from Richard,Matt and Marajie (not sure of spelling) to the singing bidding us farewell, we had a wonderful 4 nights. The tents were spacious and nicely decorated with appropriate furnishings and the beds were so comfy after long days in the jeep. Samuel was always available to provide water for our shower and a flush toilet in a tent is a welcome luxury. The food coming from the camp kitchen was consistently impressive and the service was first rate too. We enjoyed the nice touches of coffee/tea brought to our tent each morning and the communal chat (bush tv) nightly around the campfire. And to top it all off was the location - being in the Ngorongoro conservation area with the animals so nearby that we could hear the lions roaring at night was amazing!! This camp was a major highlight of our holiday in Africa!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

With no idea what to expect we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere in a moveable tented camp with hot showers and flush toilets. The tents are big with the most comfortable beds you could imagine, ok they have to heat water for the shower but no big deal, the staff were fabulous and a credit to the camp manager Richard. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys, woken up at a pre-determined time with tea and coffee in bed, sensational food prepared from a primitive camp kitchen, all drinks included with a good selection of beers, spirits and wine, laundry done each day and the best of all, the lions roaring (mating) at night behind the tent.

We had 4 fabulous days at Lemala and could have stayed longer. Apart from the accommodation, the experience of being in the wilderness and not confined to specified roads was one to be remembered. In this area we were able to drive to the game rather than waiting from them to come to the road. Long, long days and a wonderful place to come back to and relax at night.

Would definitely come back again, this was close to being the highlight of a 3 week trip to Africa.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Meerbusch, Germany
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Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

We were quite often in Africa, but this camp was one of the best, we were ever in. The staff is great, the kitchen gorgeous
and the wildlife outstanding. The area is phantastic. So this is hily recommendable.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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617 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We recently spent 3 nights at Lemala Ndutu Camp and enjoyed it very much. This is a moveable camp that follows the great migration. The tents are huge and have a separate area with bathroom and bush shower. I particularly liked that there was plenty of water available for drinking, as well as laundry powder, shampoo, and soap.
The staff are wonderful! Each morning, you are brought coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at the time you specify. Luxury! Each evening, you can sit around the campfire and have sundowners and eat at a communal table. Food is very good. It's amazing what the chef can do with so little equipment.
We slept very well at this camp and woke to hear lions roaring but always felt safe knowing that there were Masai patrolling the camp at night. Location is excellent.
Highly recommend!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Veronica O, Regional Sales Manager at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Dear Ellen,
Thank you for your review of Lemala Ndutu. Ndutu at this time of year is fantastic so when you combine the area and location with good food and a comfortable nights rest lends it self to a great way to enjoy a safari in Tanzania.
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and hope the rest of your trip was fabulous.

Warm regards

Veronica Otter
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Stayed in Lemala Ndutu night of 19 Jan 2013. It was a truly outstanding African bush experience from when we turned up covered in dust and were met by friendly and endlessly helpful staff to when we bid a regretful farewell the next day. Richard the manager was an exceptional host - knowledgeable and professional. Had unforgettable drinks around campfire with Masaai warrior in attentdance (he was there to chase away the lions etc). Excellent food, and the tents were superb. Polished wood duckboarding, warm bush showers, beautiful 'safari chic' furniture. We weren't after a hotel experience, but a safari camping experience, and this couldn't have been better.

Room Tip: All the tents were in good positions - we saw impala and zebra from ours.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, 29 January 2013
Dear Team Wilkes
Getting feedback like this is a big moral booster for our teams out at the camps and I will be sure to pass this along to the guys at Ndutu. Lemala Camps is all about the experience. We are most fortunate to be positioned in prime locations which affords our guests prime game viewing opportunities. The migration is now just to the south of Ndutu and with the recent rains, the wildebeest should be making their way towards the camp.
Thanks for posting.

Best wishes

Tom Yule
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London
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Reviewed 2 January 2013 via mobile

It is difficult to write reviews of camps like this because it all depends on expectations. People expecting a Four Seasons will be bitterly disappointed - this is a camp that is seasonal with long supply routes, it can get muddy, there is only solar power for the tent lamps and they are dim, there is no wifi or the other things people paying a lot of money expect. But that is not the point - I stayed here for 2 nights. One day at lunch the Serengeti migration passed right through the camp, with thousands of wildebeest walking and running right by us. While we were having dinner, there were lions right near the toilet tent and that same night there were four lions who fell asleep where we did the campfire. 8 more lions were in the bush near my tent the previous morning. Being close to the action allows unique experiences. In one day I filmed lions mating six different times. I saw a number of the aftermath of kills -- lions and cheetahs eating. And there was a unique view of 12 wild dogs too. The staff here work extremely hard, there is a good camp atmosphere around the communal dinner table and the food is great. This camp delivers unique experiences. The days I spent around Ndutu are ones I will remember for decades.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, 7 January 2013
Dear gafatw

What an experience! Thanks for responding. It is exactly as you say - it is the experience you go away with. We are a tented camp, seasonal, running on solar and all water is trucked in. We are not a 5 star lodge and do not profess to be one. Our small camps will give you an intimate, Hemmingway style safari right in the middle of where the action is and in the best possible locations. I take my hat off to our staff who do a sterling job under tricky conditions and our guests not only take away fantastic memories but also take a part of Lemala with them in their hearts when they leave.

Safe travels and best wishes

Tom Yule
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Singapore
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157 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

Lemala management must have taken previous reviews to heart because on our recent stay we found nothing really to complain about. The camp is in a lovely setting in the Ndutu area during the summer, but I understand it moves to the north for the river crossing during migration, which is something I would go back for. Everything in our room worked fine, Samuel our butler was on standby as we showered to replenish water when it ran out. As it got cold at night we were thankful for our cosy beds and thick blankets and duvets. And for the wake up call with bed tea/ coffee.

Sadly we did not see any animals at camp but the location made it convenient to go for a game drive then back for a proper lunch before heading out again. Sundowners with bush tv were a lovely time to chat with our Masai guards. Felix and his team provided fantastic service. We also stayed at Lemala Ewanjan. We slightly preferred Ewanjan as it was a tad more polished, but the food at Ndutu was better. Amazing desserts prepared out of a coal fire!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Lemala C, General Manager at Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp, responded to this review, 7 January 2013
Dear Born Vivant

Your feedback is most valuable and I thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad that you have had good stays at both Lemala Ewanjan and Lemala Ndutu. With ongoing training, refurbishment of the camps, new menus and attention to detail, guest experience is the most important thing for us and we are working hard to achieve excellence all round in our services.

Best regards and safe travels

Tom Yule
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Property: Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp
Address: Ndutu, Ngorongoro Bordering Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area 14529, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh,LEMALA NDUTU is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March. 12 Suite tents are relocated from the Northern Serengeti to this stunning Ndutu site to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migration arrives in December and begin calving in February. The camp is situated inside the NCA, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu. ... more   less 
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