Ol Mesera Safari Camp (which means 'Baobab Tree' in the local Maasai language) was absolutely perfect for our 4-day visit to the Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater region.
With only 4 tents at the camp, we had the luxury of being the only guests there and got excellent and personalized service as a result.
Tented Lodge in a wonderful environment far away from busy city-life.
Fantastic view to the green nature of East-Africa and to the Ngorongoro-Crater-Area.
What we enjoyed most, was the hospitality of all the people there, the excellent food and the tranquility, which allowed us to relax completely and forget the everyday life.
An extraordinary place for all those, who love nature, nice people and it is an ideal starting point for safaris to the National parks
Barbara, who manages the lodge, was incredibly helpful with arranging everything during our stay - from our guide/driver to our meals to our lost luggage, she took care of it all! The grounds of the camp are beautiful and very well-maintained.
An absolutely stunning view to wake up to each morning. While the tents are small and have simple furnishings, they are extremely clean and cozy. We slept great and ate well too! (The food was delicious).
I simply cannot say enough nice things about
Barbara and Ol Mesera. I can only hope to make it back there someday!
I would also like to note that if you're a traveler 'with a conscience', so to speak, as we were - Barbara is very involved with giving back to the local community and employing local Maasai, etc.
Situated 15 minutes from
Mto Wa Mbu on the road to Engaruka , Ol Mesera is the perfect place to stay for
a few days if you are wishing to take your time while visiting Lake Manyara
National Park, Emgaruka , Ngorongoro Conservation Area, other local attractions
and to learn more about the Maasai Culture.
The camp is small with only four tents that have beautiful outlooks towards the Ngorongoro Escarpment and spotlessly clean.
The cost is very reasonable and the meals are simple but good with fresh local produce used.
However probably the best reason to stay here is Barbara. A beautiful gentle lady, born in Slovenia, she moved to Tanzania forty years ago after meeting and falling in love with a young Tanzanian Medical Student.
After spending many years raising a family, helping her husband develop a private medical dispensary and working at an Agricultural /Livestock training centre Barabara found herself a beautiful piece of African bush and built a tented camp.
She has a genuine respect and understanding of the local cultures and of the expectations of Western and local tourists and she is happy to share this knowledge with her guests.
It is people like Barbara that make your holiday in Africa.