Entamanu Camp at Ngorongoro Crater

Entamanu Camp is tucked in a surreal and magical acacia forest at 2,200m (7,200ft) on the western edge of Ngorongoro Crater rim, offering views eastwards into the Crater below. On clear days it is also possible to see the vast Serengeti Plains to the west of camp. Chilly from June to August, the small size and intimacy of this camp is especially enjoyed during the often clear months of December-March and in the warm days of September and October.

Entamanu actually is two separate and independent traditional style camps –  Entamanu Ngorongoro and the smaller, exclusive Entamanu Private. Both camps are built on wooden decks offering views over the Crater. They both have limited wifi in their public areas. They blend Maasai furnishings of cow and sheep-skin rugs and covers, beaded lampshades, and locally-made wicker armchairs with modern simplicity – steel bathroom shelves, and wonderful gas heaters that are a blessing at this altitude! The accommodation units in both camps sport comfortable armchairs, a writing desk and cosy and spacious beds. They have en-suite bathrooms with double washbasins, plumbed hot shower and a flush loo. Both camps have two family units, each consisting of two separate bedrooms with shared bathroom.

The 7 accommodation rooms (5 standard and 2 two-bedroom family rooms) in Entamanu Ngorongoro (main camp) are constructed primarily of wood and canvas, accommodating up to 14 adults and 5 children. The public area comprises two dining areas and two lounges, allowing privacy for smaller groups. Meals are sometimes enjoyed on the veranda too.

The 4 unit (2 standard and 2 family rooms) Entamanu Private camp is constructed of timber, stretched canvas and glass, and accommodates a minimum of 6 adults and a maximum of 8 adults and 5 children. The main area comprises a dining room and lounge, each with its own fireplace. The wooden decked veranda overlooks the Crater.

Entamanu is situated on its own, in a secluded part of the Crater rim. Aside from descending on a game drive into the Crater, it is possible to go on hikes escorted by a park ranger from here. You can walk near camp, enjoying the views, and encountering a herd of Maasai cattle juxtaposed with wandering giraffe. It is possible to drive or walk to a nearby Maasai village and learn about their culture. We can also go for a longer hike onto the Serengeti Plains, visiting a school on the way. If we are really hardy it may be possible to hike as far as Olduvai Gorge. Normally we would arrange to meet our vehicle half way, perhaps have a picnic, and return to camp, or continue our journey in the Land-Cruiser.

Entamanu is ideal for those who will appreciate a quiet moment at dawn or in the afternoon and evening, after an action-packed day in the Crater.

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