Luxury Lemala vacations


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Lemala is a collection of lodges, tented camps and luxury villas in Northern Tanzania. There are Lemala properties in Tarangire, Arusha, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, covering much of the famed Northern Circuit. This is one of the best luxury options for an African safari. The concentration of game is unrivalled. The properties are run by locals and they recently underwent an $18 million dollar refurbishment.

The properties are located in secluded areas of the wilderness and come with all the luxuries you could hope for while being eco-friendly.

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  • Top luxury choice in Tanzania
  • Recently underwent a huge refurbishment
  • Stay on a private island overlooking the Nile

In Tanzania, LGBTQ+ rights are severely restricted, and the legal and social environment is hostile towards LGBTQ+ individuals. Homosexual acts are illegal, with laws strictly enforced, and they can result in significant prison sentences. There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and same-sex unions are not recognized.

Public attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people are generally negative, influenced by conservative cultural and religious beliefs. Activism and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights face substantial challenges, including government crackdowns on LGBTQ+ organizations and events. It’s therefore important that if you want to visit Tanzania, you are aware of the laws and challenges that you face here. While we can’t change the laws, we can help you navigate these challenges during your vacation.


One of the highlights of Lemala is the Wild Waters Lodge. Located mid-stream on the Nile on a private island surrounded by rainforest, the setting is pretty spectacular. There are ten thatched roof, timber-floor rooms, all of which overlook the Nile and the rapids. You’ll have a private deck and free-standing baths carved from local pink granite. You’ll wake up each morning to the thunder of the River Nile and see rare, colourful species of birds. Elevated wooden walkways link the rooms to the restaurant and bar. Arriving at the Wild Waters Lodge by canoe or helicopter is an experience you’ll never forget.

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Spacious lounge and dining area
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Full board options
  • Spa treatments
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Located on an escarpment overlooking the Tarangire River and valley, Mpingo Ridge Lodge is another Lemala highlights. It’s in Tarangire, the sixth largest part in Tanzania, a rich African savannah surrounded by rivers, woodlands and especially notable for its herds of elephants and vast baobab trees. It’s very close to the park’s gate so you won’t be too deep in the wilderness. It’s a good place to experience your first safari.

All fifteen tented suites have excellent Tarangire views and benefit from cool breezes during the hotter months. The main lodge has a bar, spa, pool and restaurant. You can enjoy sundowners, morning walks and game drives.

  • Private decks
  • Sunken outside lounges
  • Private outside bathtub
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Opened in October 2018, the Lemala Nanyukie properties are a great addition to Lemala’s luxury collection. Located in the Serengeti National Park in Eastern Serengeti, this is the heart of Africa. The Serengeti spans around 30,000 km². Lemala Nanyukie is located in the park’s central region, 45-minutes from the Seronera Airstrip. The properties are ranged along a verdant savanna and shaded by acacia trees.

Each property has high tented ceilings, private decks and lightly accented decor. There’s a pool, lounge, bar and outdoor viewing area in the main area. Private meals such as lanter-lit dinners and bush breakfasts can be arranged. In the evening, you can gather around the campfire and share stories of the African bush.

  • 15 luxury guest tents
  • Oversized bed, spacious lounge and bathroom
  • Private wooden deck and plunge pool overlooking the Serengeti
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Lemala has many properties in different parks throughout Northern Tanzania. You can stay in a villa in the shadow of Mt Killamanjaro or a luxury tent in the Serengeti. Activites will vary depending on where you stay. All properties offer game drives, bush walks and sundowners. Lemala has properties for everyone, whether it’s you’re first safari or a seasoned adventurer.

Lemala is run by women, all of whom are local. You can expect the highest level of service. To maximise your experience of Lemala and Tanzania, you can opt for a Pay Stay Deal and mix lodges and tents to secure a better deal. To find the best deal for you get in contact with us and we’ll discuss the many amazing options for a luxury Tanzanian safari with Lemala.

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