For those who asked, I spent 2 nights at Tloma Lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater and the last 3 nights at Ehlane Plains Camp in the Serengeti.
Tloma Lodge was very nice, set up on a coffee plantation. I liked the fact that they use their own produce to feed their guests. My favorite is Ehlane Plains Camp in the Serengeti. Their customer service, attention to details, personalized service is on a par with any big fancy hotels around the world. The warm welcome, the food, the tent set-up, all perfect to set the mood for an epic journey into the midst of nowhere. You feel surrounded by curious beasts that awkwardly want to check you out, see if you are a threat to their unspoiled territory. At no point did I feel unsafe or threatened by anything. The staff at the camp are attentive to body language and sounds from the animals and, I am sure, very knowledgeable about the animal behaviors.
Let’s get back to the animal we encountered in the Serengeti. I was a witness to an almost ultimate showdown between a pride of lions and a herd of buffalos. The reason it’s an “almost” is because after 1 hour of watching each team positioning themselves to ensure they could either get a clear passage to the river or have a large dinner, we had to leave as the park was closing for the night.