Lake Masek Tented Camp Tented Camp
With beautifully-decorated raised permanent tents placed far enough apart to ensure privacy, Lake Masek Tented Camp offers guests stylish accommodation in the African bush. Its position in the Ndutu area of Ngorongoro, just south of the Serengeti, is on the annual circular route traversed by the millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope of the Great Migration, followed closely by their various predators. Between November and May (rain-dependent) the plains are filled with the herds.
* Lake Masek Tented Camp Highlights
- ∞Beautifully-decorated, cool and airy raised permanent tents
- ∞Outdoor showers to enjoy under the stars
- ∞Fantastic game viewing, especially from November to May
- ∞Vast acacia tree-dotted plains stretching as far as the eye can see
- ∞Deck overlooking Lake Masek, perfect for birdwatching and sundowners
- ∞Special breakfasts or sundowners in remote areas of the park
- ∞Close to Olduvai Gorge
- ∞Hot air balloon flights can be arranged
- ∞Guided walks and village visits with Maasai guides
More about this accommodation
Lake Masek Tented Camp has 20 permanent tents spaced far enough apart to ensure privacy. Set up on wooden platforms, there are five with king-sized doubled beds, 10 with twin beds and five triples. They are all en-suite with a spacious bathroom with stand-alone bath and beautiful outdoor showers with hot water. Each tent has a veranda enclosed by gauze mesh to keep insects out and a cool breeze flowing through. Mosquito nets are provided over the beds.
Joined to the main area by gravel paths, the camp is unfenced, so animals wander through and Maasai escorts are there to accompany you when walking in the evenings. At night, be thrilled by the grunts of hippo and the calls of hyena as they go about their night-time business.
Main Lodge Area
The main area in the camp is a cool, thatched building with a lounge area and library, internet room, small gift shop, dining area and a wonderful large deck with views across Lake Masek. It’s comfortable and airy.
Meals are served (mostly buffet-style) either in the dining room or on the deck and the bar provides a range of cooling drinks that are perfect to sip on as you watch the African sun set on another perfect day.
Game Viewing Activities
Usually, guests have their own vehicles and guides when arriving at Ndutu. (These can be arranged for you if booked in advance). The area becomes alive with wildlife when the herds pass through on their annual circular route (Great Migration), settling on the vast grasslands of the area to calve between November and April (depending on when the rains fall).
While the plains empty out during the dry season as the migration heads off, there is still plenty of resident game to see that remain all year round They tend to gather around the watering holes and include the Big Five and all six of the cats – lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, caracal and African wildcat.
Things To Do
- Game viewing, especially from November to May (rain-dependent)
- Guided Maasai walks around the lake
- Hot air balloon flights over the plains
- Fascinating archaeological site at nearby Olduvai Gorge
- Sundowners in the bush
- Visit a local Maasai village and learn about their culture and traditions
By car: Lake Masek Tented Camp is 280 km from Arusha and takes about six hours by car.
By air: There are several airstrips in the area – Ndutu, Seronera and Kusini. Flight time from Arusha to Ndutu is just under an hour and daily scheduled flights are available during high season. Charter flights are also available. Arusha is served by two airports: Arusha Domestic and Kilimanjaro International.
Our Take on Lake Masek Tented Camp
The raised permanent tents with tranquil verandas on which to relax and soak up the African bush make this a great stop. During the calving season the plains are alive with grazing herds, new calves and predators and loads of wildlife action. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the main deck offers superb views of Lake Masek. It's a great lodge to include on any Tanzanian safari circuit.
- ∞Accommodation and all meals
- ∞Mineral water, Tea & Coffee
- ∞Soft drinks, beer & house wine
- ∞Happy Hour: Sundowner cocktail and finger food from 6 to 7 pm.
- ∞Contribution of US$ 0.5 per guest to Emusoi Center educational project for Masaai women
- ∞Bed night fee
- xPremium-branded drinks, imported wines and champagne
- xItems of a personal nature
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