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Lake Masek Tented Camp

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7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Beautiful lakeside location
- Superb game-viewing
- Balloon safaris, archaeological visits
- Comfortable, static camp

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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