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Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp

Enjoy ringside seats as the great migration passes and grazes

Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp

Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lemala Ndutu Camp's tents occupy the perfect area from which to watch the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, and the vigilant predators that accompany them, as they move through the southern Serengeti between December and March. It's a toothsome drama – watch it unfold as the ungulates pause to graze and the predators take the chance for a meal. Enjoy game drives in the Ngorongoro 's crater, stay in spacious tents with two double beds and other luxuries, and enjoy the excellent food and warm service.

At the lodge

The hotel

In keeping with the Lemala ethos, the camp has been designed, built and is run by local East Africans, and it's a great success. Lemala Ndutu's communal area has separate lounge and dining area and a bar, all furnished with leather sofas, chandeliers, rugs and other fine pieces. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the campfire, then head to the dining area for an excellent meal. Kick back in the lounge, with its library and collection of games. Wi-fi, battery-charging available.

The rooms

Stay in a safe and spacious tent, one of 12, each fitted with wooden floors, two double beds and many of the little luxuries that really refresh you after a day in the wild. After an evening game drive, your tent attendant will fill your safari shower with steaming hot water to wash away the dust. There's a flush toilet (a bit slow to refill), running water, mosquito nets and 24-hour electricity provided by solar power and back-up generators.

On safari

Experiences

Don't miss a second of game viewing. Take a day drive, stopping for a picnic lunch, to see the huge number of species we've mentioned. (The only downside is the number of other safari vehicles. This is a wildlife hotspot, so it's very popular.) Guided walking safaris can be arranged. In the evening, watch the "Bush TV" – the animals that parade within eyesight as you sit at the firepit.

When to go

Serengeti by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high with plenty of sun, rainfall usually takes the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

March

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

April

Season: Wet
  • Hot temperatures with plenty of sunshine, rain can fall for prolonged periods making safari a gamble during this period.
  • Wildlife has spread out over a large area, making game a little more difficult to spot.
  • An interesting time for photography, the park is at its most spectacular visually, with plenty of sunshine hours in between the rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Emerald season', the park is beautiful and green with migratory birds present.
  • Insect numbers increase at this time of year, so have your repellent close to hand.

May

Season: Wet
  • The end of the wet and the start of the dry season, with a handful of afternoon showers, humidity is low and temperatures are hot.
  • wildlife viewing can be difficult with animals spread over vast tracts of land.
  • Migratory birds fly North over the course of the month, lowering birding from exceptional to excellent.
  • A good time to visit Tarangire with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

June

Season: Dry
  • The start of the dry season, temperatures are hot, humidity is low and rainfall is unlikely.
  • Wildlife begins to make migrate back into the Tarangire area, improving game densities.
  • The ideal time of year for a walking safari and fly-camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • A good time to visit, with visitor traffic lower than conditions dictate.

July

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is now in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

August

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

September

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is in full swing, with cooler but still warm temperatures, rain has dried up.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • The lack of clouds produce incredible night skies, showcasing the Milky Way in all its glory.
  • Photography conditions are good, the air is relatively thin and still, with sunrises and sunsets being particularly good.
  • The ideal time of year for walking safari and fly camping, if you are feeling a little more adventurous.
  • Visitor traffic can pick up at this time of year, leading to shared sightings and a less intimate bush experience at many of the camps.

October

Season: Dry
  • The dry season is coming to an end, temperatures and humidity rise before the first afternoon showers fall.
  • Game viewing should be exceptional, with the Tarangire River drawing in wildlife from the surrounding areas.
  • A difficult month to predict changes on the ground with uncertain rainfall transforming the dry dusty landscape.
  • If you don't mind the heat, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

November

Season: Dry
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The migratory birds begin to return as the park transforms, with new greenery ushering in a time of plenty.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

December

Season: Wet
  • The wet season has arrived bring with it higher temperatures and usually short afternoon rainfall.
  • Game viewing is still good with animals slowly spreading out as food and water becomes readily available.
  • The park is green and in bloom with migratory birds present in breeding colours.
  • If you don't mind the weather, a great time to visit with tourist numbers dropping drastically in the park.

Wildlife


The Serengeti National Park is an ecologically rich environment and home to vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and buffalo grazing on the sweet grasses of the savannah. Even after the Great Migration has moved through, the game viewing is exceptional in this region. The predators are never far off, with cheetah and lion in abundance and leopard readily seen in the Seronera region of the Central Serengeti. Enjoy expansive grasslands, acacia thickets, meru kopjes (granitic hills) and riverine forests.

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