Entamanu Ngorongoro is ‘the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise over the crater and set over the Serengeti.’ Built into a small forest area on the crater rim while consulting closely with the local Maasai communities, the camp strikes a remarkable balance between comfort and minimal environmental impact.
Sitting on an entirely removable wooden platform, a communal canvas tent boasts two large lounges, a dining room and foyer. Throughout, the design mixes tasteful minimalism with flashes of local colour. There is a long veranda and even an open fire. Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas, there is electricity for charging and a (patchy) phone-reception.
Food & service
The service at Entamanu Ngorongoro is excellent: attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Not only hearty and flavourful, the menu is imaginative and adaptable to any diet or taste. As well as a light breakfast (with the option of cooked if desired), a substantial lunch and three-course dinner, there are snacks and canapes available throughout the day, as well as a good range of drinks.
There are seven heated tents at Entamanu Ngorongoro, including two family units. All are en suite and have a deck with comfortable furniture. The level of comfort is very high: the beds are luxurious, the plumbed-in showers spacious, and there are twin sinks with running hot and cold water. Crucially, since the temperatures here can be quite chilly, there is also a very effective heater, and ear-plugs in case the winds (which in fact are more atmospheric than anything) really rise.
Most activities at Enamanu Ngorongoro centre round the crater (with very well-guided wildlife drives and hikes available), but the surrounding area is also fascinating and can easily be accessed from the camp.
Entamanu Ngorongoro has a minimal ecological footprint and is committed to forging ongoing mutually beneficial relationships with the local communities.