Described by Nomad as ‘a place to explore beyond the hustle and bustle of the tourist trail’, this little camp is a top-notch addition to the properties on the crater rim.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the camp offers spectacular views – not only down to the crater floor, but also north-west as far as the Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge, and even the Gol Mountains. Wow!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal facilities of camp are fairly modest, comprising a lounge and dining area within a central mess tent. The camp as a whole has been constructed with easy assembling and dissembling in mind – all walls, roofs and platforms are put together in panels. No concrete was used – and in fact Nomad instructed its builders to shift the mess platform a few feet, to avoid a small bush! The intention is to minimise disruption to the landscape, an aim that is heartily applauded at YZ.
Entamanu’s guest accommodation consists of six tents, set up either side of the mess tent. Two of these are family units with two bedrooms apiece, while each standard tent has one bedroom with either a double bed or twin beds. All tents benefit from bedside tables and lighting, a comfy seating area with lovely views, a writing desk and chair, and well-appointed en-suite facilities comprising separate flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirror over, and walk-in shower. Additional amenities include a walkie-talkie, insect repellent, charging points, and even an air horn! The crater rim is notorious for being a bit nippy, but every tent has remote-controlled gas heaters to keep the cold away. And soft furnishings such as woven throws and wool rugs lend a very snug feel.
Service standards at Entamanu are simply superb. Food and drink is provided on a full board basis and is both tasty and satisfying! Children aged 8 years and over are welcome – and they are very well accommodated in the family safari tent.
Activities from Entamanu feature game drives, guided walks, and interactions with the local Maasai. The Ngorongoro Crater is quite simply chock-full of wildlife! All Big Five animals roam the sprawling plains and acacia woodland of the crater floor. Counts of other predators such as cheetah, serval, caracal, and golden cat are relatively low, but there are huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles, in addition to ample eland, topi, hyena, hartebeest, baboon, and warthog! The crater’s soda lake and its tributaries attract hippopotamus, waterbuck, and many more, while the birdlife really is something to write home about, with over 200 species to spot here. Game drives focus on the Crater, while Entamanu’s guided walks explore the highlands around the rim. The camp also offers some interesting interactions with the local people, enabling guests to appreciate the culture of the area as well as its incredible wildlife!