Tall Euclea trees above the Mara River shelter Lemala Mara Camp, in a pristine wild landscape with elephant, wildebeest and abundant other wildlife right on the doorstep. It’s a seasonal tented camp with the lightest of footprints, moved to this part of Tanzania’s Northern Serengeti each year between June and October to be perfectly located for the dramatic wildebeest river crossings during the Great Migration. Superb game viewing is the focus here supported by expert guides and friendly staff who create a warm and friendly atmosphere, with delicious three course meals, drinks around the camp-fire and plenty of creature comforts.
The twelve spacious canvas tents all have views over the slopes leading down to the river. Wooden floors, two double beds, armchairs, and a comfortable sofa on the private verandah mean that this is camping at its most comfortable, and the en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, and a traditional ‘bucket’ shower, regularly filled with ample hot water. Guests have the luxury of being tucked up snug and safe at night while still being close enough to nature to hear lions and hyenas calling or an elephant munching the trees outside. There’s 24 hour electricity from solar power backed up by an emergency generator and camera batteries can be charged in the communal lounge tent, where there is also basic internet available.
Some of the wildebeest action can be seen from the camp, but exciting game drives when the expert guides take you to very best vantage points provide even better memories and unique photo opportunities. And while the huge herds of wildebeest and zebra crossing the crocodile infested Mara are one of the big attractions, there are fantastic sightings of big cats and other game too, so that whole day game drives are an option with wonderful picnic lunches enjoyed in the bush. Or head back to camp for lunch and a siesta before a late afternoon game drive, followed by sundowners around the camp fire, then dinner at the communal table in the dining tent or under the stars. An uncrowded wildlife paradise, Lemala Mara Camp is a great choice for a classic bush safari experience in the Serengeti.