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Ol Mesera Tented Camp
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012

Really enjoyed staying at this camp. A little bit out of town with beautiful views over the rift valley floor. Accommodation is good but the standout is the warmth of the welcome from the owner and her helpful staff. Great spot.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stuttgart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Tented Lodge in a wonderful environment far away from busy city-life. Fantastic view to the green nature of East-Africa and to the Ngorongoro-Crater-Area. What we enjoyed most, was the hospitality of all the people there, the excellent food and the tranquillity, which allowed us to relax completely and forget the everyday life.
An extraordinary place for all those, who love nature, nice people and it is an ideal starting point for safaris to the Nationalparks. We will be back there next time we travel to Tanzania!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

This was my favorite location in Africa so far, after an overland trip of 3 months. Stayed for nearly two weekks and I enjoyed every single day.
The location of the large and very comfortable tents is amazing with a awsome view of the plains below and the slopes of the Ngorongoro in the distance. Hear hyena's in the night while the Massai watchman takes his position near the tents for the dark night to come
Possibility of hikes in the surrounding savannah in search of zebra's, giraffes, impala, ostrich, warthogs, go to the forest, climb the slope of the Ngorongoro, visit Massai village(s) and game drives in the NP or just watch the amazing birdlife around the camp and read your favorite book with a cool drink.
Barbara is a most hospitable hostess and a real pioneer who loves Africa more than anybody else. Her Massaï staff is aimable and very efficiënt. The menu changes virtually every day and I had the best food ever in Africa.
A very recommend place to soak up the real and true African atmosphere.
Thank You again Barbara, your staff (especially Hamiz) for this memorable visit. I will never forget.
Marc
Belgium

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

This place is amazing...all the tents in the camp have the most amazing view of the rift valley and you can see wild life all around...the food is delicious....and Barbara, the owner is the most sweet lady ready to accommodate you in anything you need....we really had a good time at Ol Mesera.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2011

This is lodge is superbly set out with the tents being extremely private and having one of the most beautiful vistas of any tented camp I've stayed in in East Africa. It is rustic yet charming and Barbara is a real delight, an unassuming woman who has lived an extraordinary life. Well worth a visit.

Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2011

Ol Mesera Tented Camp (which means 'Baobab Tree' in the local Maasai language) was absolutely perfect for our 4-day visit to the Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater region. With only 4 tents at the camp, we had the luxury of being the only guests there and got excellent and personalized service as a result. Barbara, who manages the lodge, was incredibly helpful with arranging everything during our stay - from our guide/driver to our meals to our lost luggage, she took care of it all! The grounds of the camp are beautiful and very well-maintained. An absolutely stunning view to wake up to each morning. While the tents are small and have simple furnishings, they are extremely clean and cozy. We slept great and ate well too! (The food was delicious). I simply cannot say enough nice things about Barbara and Ol Mesera. I can only hope to make it back there someday!

I would also like to note that if you're a traveler 'with a conscience', so to speak, as we were - Barbara is very involved with giving back to the local community and employing local Maasai, etc.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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dareda
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2011

I made a 3 days safari with my girlfriend and family last December and after visiting the incredible Ngorongoro crater we slept at the OL Mesera tented camp, 45 min drive from the Ngorongoro parc and same distance from the Tarangire parc (we visited it the days after)
It's a small lodge, (not as the big tours company lodges) where you will feel at home The owner, Barbara, warmly welcomed us in her lodge she built in 2005 after having worked for 20 years in dispensaries in Tanzania. The rooms are big tents, and the confort is very good( big beds, large bathrooms,....)and the meals are delicious.
It's a very good place, and that's definitely a good option if you are looking something more quiet and peacefull than the usually hotels.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ol Mesera Tented Camp

Property: Ol Mesera Tented Camp
Address: Lake Natron Road, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Manyara National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Lake Manyara National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO OL MESERA TENTED CAMP! - Situated in a true African Savannah, And our location is just perfect 15 minutes drive from Mto wa Mbu and yet far away from the busy city life, you will always feel alone in the bush and be awakened by the birds in the morning chirping around, only to discover the beautiful view of the Ngorongoro escarpment and see Maasai graze their livestock in the valley from your private balcony! Our authentic African camp is the perfect base and yet the only place to experience all the Maasai traditions! walk with our friendly Maasai staff to their real homes untouched by commercialism and learn many thing about their lifestyle, you can learn how to throw a spear, an arrow, make fire with sticks,about their tradition medicine, making of tradition honey wine,watch how they can take blood from the bull with a short of an arrow,milk their prized cow, or even go a day grazing with Maasai warriors with packed lunch or have goat BBQ in the bush with Maasai warriors! you can also have a goat BBQ in their boma(Village). Our Tour desk will assist you in renting a car at a reasonable price when visiting all the major national parks in the northern circuit which can be a day trip from the camp, you can visit Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron, Engaruka Ruins, Ol Donyo Lengai( The active volcano mountain and mountain of god for the Maasai) Or a safari to the famous Serengeti National park and return the next day! we will love to hear your stories! Also activities provided by Mto wa Mbu cultural Tourism can be arranged such as farm tour, biking to Lake Manyara and climbing balaa hill! KARIBU SANA! (Most Welcome!) ... more   less 

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