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The Ngorongoro Crater is often considered to be one of the busiest and most crowded areas on a safari to northern Tanzania. Entamanu Ngorongoro aims to provide an off-the-beaten-track retreat and a way to experience the Ngorongoro of old. It sits on the remote north-western corner of the crater rim, only accessible by its own road, which itself gives spectacular views of the southern Serengeti in one direction and the crater floor to the other. In fact, it is the only lodge in the region which can claim a view of the sunrise over the crater and of the sunset in the Serengeti.
The footprint of the camp can be divided in two, with seven rooms at Entamanu Ngorongoro and four rooms belonging to Entamanu Private which can be only be booked exclusively with a minimum of six adults.
As well carving out a remote location on the increasingly busy crater rim, the activities on offer from Entamanu are geared towards discovery and authenticity. Most people will stay at the camp to visit the crater floor and this is accessed by the nearby Soneto descent road, which is roughly 30-45 minutes’ drive from the camp. Giraffes are absent from the crater but the location of the camp on a flat lip of the crater is often frequented by this species giving you a great chance of seeing them in this area. For those keen to do some walking, there are few better camps. Shorts walks are available of 2-3 hours exploring the environs around the camp, or to the local Maasai boma, which only guests from Entamanu can visit. For those looking for a longer trek during December-March it is possible to walk from camp down from the crater and through to the Ndutu area of the Serengeti towards the migrating Serengeti Safari Camp. This walk can be tailored to guest’s fitness levels, with the last part of the journey carried out by vehicle. It can be a walk of anything up to 6 hours.