- Beautiful lakeside location
- Superb game-viewing
- Balloon safaris, archaeological visits
- Comfortable, static camp
Lake Masek Tented Camp is a good static camp located between the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of North Tanzania. The Serengeti is a vast, year-round home to the Big 5 and this location is a major wildlife action area when the migratory herds come through.
The main building, with its thatched roof, is located on an elevated wooden platform with unimpeded views of Lake Masek. It houses the camp office, a comfortable, sociable lounge area, and a dining room which opens out onto a sizeable veranda where meals can be served on request. Electricity is provided by solar panels, water is collected during the rainy season and all products used are biodegradable, ensuring that the camp is fully eco-friendly.
Activities are centred largely on game-viewing. Elephant, giraffe, cheetahs, lions and baboons are here year-round and during the main migration season, usually December to April, the vast plains teem with wildebeest and plentiful birdlife. National Park regulations mean that no game drives are possible after nightfall; however, this is one of the few areas in Northern Tanzania’s wildlife parks where vehicles can go off-road and get closer to animal sightings meaning the game viewing is truly superb. Balloon safaris can be arranged during migration season and visits to the Olduvia and Laetoli Archeological sites are worth making. A variety of guided hikes with Masai rangers are also offered. Note that activities here are seasonal and pre-booking is essential. The area can become busy and the camp is a hub for vehicles from other safari companies. This, in conjunction with the relatively large size of the camp itself, means that it doesn’t quite have the intimate feel of some of the smaller camps, although ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular intensity of the game-viewing in this stunning location.
The accommodation comprises 20 comfortable tents, each built on a raised wooden platform with a viewing veranda. All tents have a large bedroom area, a bathroom area with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and a modern and private open air shower lined with natural stone. There is 24-hour electricity, although batteries/devices can only be charged in the main building, and guests are escorted to and from their tents after nightfall. The static nature of this eco-friendly camp means that it does offer a relatively high level of comfort for this area.
Children of all ages are welcome. However, there is no fencing so animals are free to roam through the camp. Although there is a 24-hour askari (guard) to keep an eye on wildlife movements, the camp is recommended for families with older children who must remain under their parents’ supervision at all times.
Lake Masek Tented camp provides pleasant and well-priced mid-range accommodation with friendly staff and spectacular game-viewing opportunities.
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019
I had just the most incredible time on the climb.
The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.
George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.
Finn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019