Lemala Mara Tented Camp
The Lemala Mara Tented Camp is within touching distance of the river yet discrete enough not to interrupt the migration. Set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the Northern Serengeti, guests can enjoy beautiful landscapes and terrific game viewing – without disturbance. This camp is perfect for Honeymooners, Family Holidays, Romantic Getaways, Bird Watching and Star Gazing in this truly magical location.
Lemala Mara & Ndutu Tented Camp is a nomad camp which moves between two locations, with the seasons, ensuring that our guests have a front seat view of the Great Migration all year round. Approximately 260, 000 zebra, 1.7 million wildebeest and roughly 470, 000 gazelle cross the majestic river giving birth to over 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3 week period.
Fascinating facts about the migration:
- The migration may seem like a frenzy but research has shown, the wildebeest possess what is known as “swarm intelligence”. The Wildebeest systematically explore and overcome as one.
- Zebra and Wildebeest graze in harmony as they eat different parts of the same grass.
- Wildebeest have no natural leader resulting in the herd splitting up into smaller circles.
- There are more than 3,000 lions that follow the migration across the reserve.
Bush dinners and picnics, within the footprint of our camp are available at additional cost. House drinks including beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water and juice are included but premium drinks such as champagne will only be served at an additional cost. All meals are prepared with locally sourced produce, which insures that food is not only fresher, but it also supports the Local Economy. Dietary requirements can be accommodated – please notify the camp in advance
The Lemala Mara Camp has an amazing variety of wildlife present in its surrounding area. Recently seen wildlife includes Buffalo, Hyena, giraffe and elephant. An interesting fact about the African Elephant is that it is the world’s largest land animal. The biggest can be be up to 7.5 meters long and 3.3m high at the shoulder, weighing 6 Tonne. That is a jaw dropping 6000 kilograms. The Mara River is also home of the The Mara River crocodiles, the biggest crocodiles in Africa.
The bird life in the area is another beautiful sight to be seen, especially on the forest edge. Notable bird species include Woodpeckers, the African Kingfisher, Grey breasted spurfowl, Kori bustard, Rufous-tailed weaver, Secretary bird and Fischer’s lovebird. Kingfishers are one of the most brilliantly coloured birds, and may have loud voices and a dramatic wooing display whilst the Fischer’s lovebird best known for their beautiful colouring and energetic nature.
The Lemala Mara guides have exceptional knowledge of the camp and the wildlife within its surroundings. They will gladly assist with any questions guests may have.
Alongside the wildlife and beauty the Serengeti also offers a beautiful African night sky. Moon phases and weather conditions permitting, there are 42 animal constellations (amongst others) to view, and some fit right into our stunning wildlife – Leo, Scorpius and Columba to name but a few.
Camp Location and Footprint:
The Location has easy access to the river crossing in the Northern Serengeti, and 8km from both the Kogatende and Ndutu airstrips. The drive time to and from the airstrips are estimated at twenty (20) minutes.
Lemala Mara is also an eco – friendly camp. All electricity is provided is by a combination of Solar and an inverter system. The camp has a minimal environmental footprint and no plastic water bottles are used on site.
Children under the age of 6 are not recommended, but can with prior arrangements, be accommodated. Child rates are applicable for children aged between 6 – 16 years of age. Lemala Cubs, an interactive set of activities for children aged up to eleven years old, are available.
What to Pack:
Items that you must bring:
- Valid Passport / Valid Visa & another picture ID.
- a Photocopy of your passport page to be carried in your wallet.
- Airline Tickets
- Recommended inoculations (vaccinations)
- Correct Currency
- Travel Insurance
Most African adventures include some time in the outdoors, and a basic personal medical aid kit is recommended. The following items should be included:
- Prescription Medications
- Malaria Medication
- Motion sickness tablets
- Allergy treatments
- Insect repellents
- Band aids
Casual and comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, but please note that the weather is unpredictable and the nights may become cold even in the hottest summer months. It is very important to pack warm clothing for chilly nights and sudden changes in climate.
The most practical items to pack:
- Colours: khaki, brown, white and beige.
- Light cotton tops, trouser and shorts.
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, evenings and cooler days.
- Fleece sweater or a warm jacket.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Good socks and comfortable walking boots.
- a Versatile scarf can be used as a shoulder wrap, shawl or head wrap and takes very little place in your baggage.
- Remember to pack all prescription medications.
We offer complimentary laundry services, so please feel free to just pack the essentials. We strongly advise that measures for malaria prevention are taken at least six weeks before travelling to the Lemala Mara Lodge.