This luxury camp within a private reserve is optimally located on the crater rim near a less-traveled access road that provides a quick entry into the crater, beating crowds to maximize time viewing wildlife.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Lemala Ngorongoro is a luxury seasonal camp located in a private reserve on the north side of the Ngorongoro Crater. Its optimal location near the less-traveled Lemala access road provides quick and easy entry into the crater, a mere 15-minute descent that maximizes wildlife-viewing opportunities by allowing for full days on the crater floor. Often, the first hours of a morning safari drive are enjoyed in solitude before others arrive. Set in an acacia forest on the crater rim, the intimate camp offers secluded accommodations under canvas in deluxe tents. Each of the nine spacious tents is outfitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hour solar lighting, and en suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and safari-style bucket shower. The mess tent is lavishly furnished with grand sofas, lamps, chests, rugs, and book cases and corner cabinets in old wood. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before enjoying a sumptuous dinner. The camp works closely with the local Maasai community, members of which often offer dances and talks on Maasai culture, traditions and ceremonies, an engaging way for guests to learn more about their traditional lifestyles.
This intimate, owner-run lodge is surrounded by lavish gardens filled with tropical plants, flowers and exotic birds, offering gracious hospitality at the center of a working coffee plantation and cattle ranch.
Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania
Like a green oasis, Plantation Lodge rests within red-brown hills amid the vastness and quiet peace of East Africa. The lodge lies at the center of a working coffee, flower and cattle plantation, located in rolling green farmlands and lowland forest. Its 17 rooms in individual bungalows have separate sitting areas, wood-burning fireplaces and private verandas overlooking sizeable gardens and manicured lawns. Each is uniquely decorated with the owners’ fabulous collection of safari antiques and Tanzanian arts and crafts. The individually furnished rooms and suites offer an outstanding level of comfort and blend harmoniously into the flowering garden for the ultimate in a relaxed natural setting. The small size of this owner-run lodge, combined with its colonial-style charm, provides for a very intimate atmosphere, where personal attention and a concern for detail are evident at every turn. The lodge’s location promises maximum safari enjoyment: it is but a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a quick hop from Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, and just a short journey from the Serengeti.