Shaded by acacia trees in an unspoilt bush setting on the rim of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp offers an authentic safari experience in this unique landscape. Set in the conservation area only five minutes from the entry route into the crater, early morning game drives get to the crater floor ahead of the crowd, for the best photographic light and best Big Five wildlife sightings. Escorted walks through the forest with a ranger and Maasai warrior add another perspective and stories around the camp fire before dinner by candlelight at the long table in the comfortably furnished mess tent create a welcoming atmosphere.

Nights can be chilly in winter at this altitude and the 12 en-suite tents are warmed by gas heaters while guests enjoy dinner, so they return to their tents to find cosy warmth, with winter duvets and hot water bottles snuggled into the twin queen or king-size beds. A comfortable sofa looks out from the open tent front at the leafy view and there are plenty of creature comforts with writing desk and chairs, 24 hour electricity, flush toilet, water on tap and hot water for the bucket showers provided whenever you want, this is rustic bush luxury at its best.

A wake-up call with coffee and biscuits starts the day early, so that guests catch the magical dawn light when the wildlife is at its most active. The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s sixth largest unbroken caldera, is known for its prolific wildlife with herds of plains game and healthy populations of lion, cheetah, black rhino and spotted hyena, which are easily spotted on the open grassland of the crater floor. The dramatic cliffs surrounding the crater are topped by rainforests, home to leopards, elephant, mountain reedbuck, buffalo and the rare wild dogs, as well as abundant bird life. Guided walks with an armed ranger explore the forest with glimpses of stunning views over the cliffs of the crater rim.

Friendly service and an intimate camp atmosphere make Lemala Tented Camp an excellent choice for an authentic safari experience in Ngorongoro.