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Ol Mesera Tented Camp
Bedford, United Kingdom
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“This is a Lodge which is well worth a visit”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Ol Mesera Safari Camp. The hospitality, food and accommodation were great and the trip to meet the local Maasai people was fascinating. We would certainly recommend the camp to other travellers.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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ArjanTiessen, General Manager at Ol Mesera Tented Camp, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Dear Nick and Lesley, thank you very much for your kind words! It is always a pleasure to show some real Africa to our guests. Good luck with your house and B&B and hope to see you again some day!
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

We enjoyed the quiet and 'bush' feel of this lodge a bit off the main road by Manyara NP. The location was peaceful and even quieter than the tent lodges we stayed at in the Serengeti. As others have said, the owner Barbara is a wonderful host. The meals were fresh and home cooked with plenty of veggies, which we appreciated. A particular highlight was the guided hike we took with one of the lodge's Maasai employees (and resident of a nearby boma). He took us up to a beautiful hill overlooking the valley where we ran into his brother's herding goats. It was fun to interact with his family and get to know a bit about the community. We definitely recommend doing a guided hike while staying at Ol Mesera.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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ArjanTiessen, General Manager at Ol Mesera Tented Camp, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thank you so much for your comments. Come back soon for more fresh vegetables from our own veggie-patch!
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I stay at Barbara's Ol Mesera (= Baobab) Lodge whenever I can. Even though it's 14km off the main road that runs between Kilimanjaro Airport / Arusha city and the nature-lovers "Crown Jewels" of Ngorongoro and the immense Serengeti 'wildebeest park'.

It's always very good for my primary interest - birding. Yet it is also one of the best places for seeing some of the smaller mammals - as different from one another as Aardwolf and African Dormouse - both of which can be downright tricky to find anywhere "even in the Parks".

I would say that if you are a bit short of cash and/or time it's probably THE VERY BEST way to sample the safari experience in a short visit to Northern Tanzania.

Hire a vehicle and driver in Arusha and then stay THREE nights at Ol Mesera.

This enables you to visit Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara for a full day each, and thereby to get a realy good taste of what the Tanzanian Northern Safari Circuit has to offer.

Book it today, see it this year!

Room Tip: Ask Barbara for your preference of tent - each with a wonderful view of the mighty wall of The Great...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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ArjanTiessen, General Manager at Ol Mesera Tented Camp, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thanks very much for your kind words James; you are always welcome! Many guests who spend more than 2 nights find it worthwhile because of the proximity to national parks, or just to relax and unwind after a (dusty) safari. Take your time, pole pole is definitely the way to sample Northern Tanzania! Hope to see you soon.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

The owner Barbara and her team (all locals from the surrounding villages) will make you feel at home. Perfect place to relax before or after a safari, with possibility to meet the local Maasai community, do walking tours, watch the wild life running through the garden of the camp.... There is a very genuine feeling to the place, it's simple with high-quality service. We're vegetarian and the chef cooked us an abundance of delicious vegetarian dishes every day -- some of the best food we had during our 4wks in Africa (e.g. eggplants cooked in ginger and garlic). Every morning you wake up to an unforgettable view of baobab trees and the Ngorongoro escarpement.
Two more things worth noting:
- The owner is a caring and extremely helpful person. The day of our departure she drove us to the nearest village (Mto Wa Mbu), waited for over 1 hour with us and helped finding a reliable means of transport to Arusha. She also served as translator with the local Maasai people. It all made us feel as if we were staying with extended family, not just at a camp as tourists. Thank you Barbara and team!
- The camp is not so well indicated on the road from Mto Wa Mbu. But keep driving... you'll be rewarded.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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ArjanTiessen, General Manager at Ol Mesera Tented Camp, responded to this review, 15 July 2013
Thank you very much for your review! It is always a pleasure to hear our guests enjoyed their stay. Hope to see you again one day!
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

A little bit offf the beaten track, Ol Mesera's usassuming set-up gives the traveller a truly out-of-Africa experience that is not so easy to find in Tanzania's increasingly congested northern tourist circuit. We had a few peaceful days all by ourselves in this private camp while recovering from our trip to Arusha and Tarangire, and preparing for the hectic travel through the Ngorongoro and Serengeti. For such a stop-over, Ol Mesera's is perfectly located: two hours from Arusha, one hour form Tarangire, and one hour to the Ngorongoro.
While not posh, Ol Mesara has everything we longed for: a comfortable, spacious and self-contained safari tent with hot running water, good meals, a cold beer, personal service, spectacular views in the western rift, and all that for a very reasonable price. Just do it.

Room Tip: All the tents are placed on the escarpment with a beautiful view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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ArjanTiessen, General Manager at Ol Mesera Tented Camp, responded to this review, 12 June 2013
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hopefully we can welcome you back soon.
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Bristol
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

We stayed here in April when it was very quiet, we were the only guests. Barbara, the owner is lovely and very friendly and always keen to make sure you have everything you need. The rooms (tents) are in good condition and have a rustic feel to them. There is a small bar and restaurant area. Meals were all cooked just for us and were served at the table. The food was all really nice and there was loads of it. The staff, who were lovely, are all local Massai with only fairly limited English which did make communication interesting at times. Our guide was welcome to join us for any meals he wanted. In the end he didn't have dinner but did join us for breakfast. If you are looking for somewhere a little different with a lovely rural feel then I would definately recommend OL Mesera.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Groningen
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

It's a small camp, six big tents with a magnificent view at the valley to the Ngorogoro hills.
Each tent has a lot of privacy (big plots), toilet and shower facilities and a nice terrace.
It's amazing that you can be in the middle of nowhere and drink a cold bear and have a hot shower.
At night you'll hear zebras, hyenas and other wildlife. Don't worry, you'll be save, because there is always a maasai guard around.
We have been to Gibbs Farm, Serena and Seronera etc. and those places maybe more luxurious, but the experience of Ol Mesera is the best ! It is sober, but everything what you need is there. It's clean and has a super atmosphere, hard to explain in a review, it feels good … peaceful … holiday !
So plan it on your trip, it's a perfect spot between Tarangire and Ngorogoro (just 65km), it's different, the food is good, the personal is great, you will not regret a visit!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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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 41 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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