This new Nomad property looks exceptionally good! Based on our experiences at other Nomad camps and lodges, we anticipate top-quality accommodation, service, and guiding.
Due to open its doors to the first guests in August 2019, Nomad’s new Entamanu Private will be an excellent option for a group of travellers seeking really exclusive experiences within the Ngorongoro region. Little sister camp to Nomad’s Entamanu Ngorongoro, Private is listed in a highly impressive portfolio that also includes Lamai Serengeti and Kuro Tarangire. The accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis, and the property will be open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The property will be accessed via approximately 2 hours 30 minutes’ road transfer from Lake Manyara Airstrip. It’ll have a wonderful location within the Ngorongoro Highlands, boasting views as far as the Serengeti!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT ENTAMANU PRIVATE:
There will be six guest rooms in total, including two that are described as family ready. All will be housed in structures made out of timber, stretched canvas, and glass. At present, only a tantalising glimpse into the standard room is available, via a photograph of that option’s en-suite facilities. However, a photo of the family room has been provided by Nomad, and it’s reasonable to assume that the furnishings shown here will be similar. The palette is mostly neutrals and earth tones, with a few splashes of red and warm orange. We reckon each standard room will contain a double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and plenty of storage space. We’re told that the en-suite facilities will include a flush toilet, twin washbasins, and shower with hot/cold running water. Each family room will have two bedrooms. And all rooms will have views not only of the crater but also of the Serengeti! Once we have more information, we’ll update this preliminary report.
The communal areas at Entamanu Private should be just as well appointed as the guest rooms. We haven’t seen any images yet, but based on our stays at other Nomad properties we think it likely there’ll be combined lounge and dining areas, with comfortable seating around coffee tables and perhaps a large table where everyone will eat together. There might well be a communal veranda too, which would be perfect for al fresco relaxing and tucking in to delicious meals. Again, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the crater and the Serengeti beyond.
ACTIVITIES AT ENTAMANU PRIVATE:
Entamanu Private will offer an exciting range of activities:
Expertly guided game drives– The vast Ngorongoro Crater features sprawling plains, acacia woodlands, and beautiful lakes, and it’s home to a real wealth of wildlife. Among its viewing highlights for safarists are all Big Five species – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Smaller predators in residence include cheetah, hyena, serval, caracal, and golden cat, while the less-hefty herbivore count features wildebeest, zebra, all sorts of antelopes, and hippo. There’s ample birdlife too, not least vibrant flocks of flamingo. Game drives from the property will be available during mornings and afternoons, and guests will also have the opportunity to spend a full day in the crater. Due to Entamanu Private’s location on the crater rim, it’ll offer better access onto the crater floor than other options in the area, making for relatively quiet morning game drives.
Highlands walks– A pleasant change of pace from vehicle safaris, walks will also be enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide – and both a Maasai scout and an armed ranger will accompany you too. This activity will be fantastic for anyone interested in taking a really close look at the smaller aspects of the Ngorongoro region, for example the plants, insects, and little birdlife.
Village visits– In the next valley along from Entamanu Private, there’s a Maasai village. Here, the locals live in their huts and graze their herds of cattle. Guests will be invited to visit the village, to meet the friendly Maasai and to learn all about their ways of life, including their warrior ceremonies.