Pakulala Safari Camp

Pakulala Safari Camp

Área de Conservación del Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area 0000 Tanzania
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4.5
#12 of 17 campsites in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater with magnificent views of the Crater floor. 11 tents offering an elegant fusion of modern and classic accommodation, en suite bathrooms adorned with fresh flowers and cristal, porcelain and wooden platters makes every meal a special occasion, blending elegant simplicity with a laid back style.
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Free breakfast
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Outdoor fireplace
24-hour front desk
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

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Área de Conservación del Ngorongoro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area 0000 Tanzania
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Meredith G wrote a review Mar 2024
Jupiter, Florida4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The views of the Ngorongoro Crater from this campsite were outstanding! The staff, especially Margaret, the Manager, were warm, friendly and very accommodating. Our son got sick, and Margaret was very concerned about him offering tea and bananas to help settle his stomach. Our tent was large, and the furnishings were comfortable. The tent included its own bathroom with a flush toilet, a pitcher of water and basin to wash up in, which was fun! The staff provided a wonderful, hot bucket shower that was very refreshing after a hot day on the Serengeti. The staff kept our safety in mind by walking us from the dining tent to our own tent in the dark to protect us from any stray animals. They were up before dawn to make sure we had a cup of coffee before we hit the road. We highly recommend staying at Pakulala Safari Camp.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Safari Company Arusha, Guest Services / Front Office at Pakulala Safari Camp
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Freedom, Thank you for the time taken on sharing your marvellous review through Tripadvisor regarding your recent experience at Pakulala. All the members of the Camp feel satisfied and proud to have met your expectations, given that the whole team work daily with passion and commitment in order to provide the best service of excellence and turn our guests' stays in an unforgettable experience. Looking forward to having the honour to welcome you back, your home in Tanzania. The entire team remain at your entire disposal. Kind regards, Pakulala Safari Camp Team.
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Tim S wrote a review Sept 2023
6 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly staffs. Capable manager. Shower that works, beautiful view.
There is a hot water thermos that you can put under your blanket because it is cold at night.
Only gripe was charging only done in the dining area.
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Date of stay: September 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SimonAUstral wrote a review Oct 2022
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania17 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Impressive view, very warm staff!

We spend one night in the camp, Margaret and Israël were very nice and welcoming.

All the staff looked after us, from bringing us the blanket to the fire place to putting à hot water bottle in the bed to warm it up.

The food was excellent!

The plus of this camp is the view on the crater, in sunset and in the morning, it is very impressive.

Would love to go back and I would not look for any other place.

It was our second time in Ngorongoro...
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Ratpanat Safari, Marketing at Pakulala Safari Camp
Responded 06 Feb 2023
Thanks for sharing your experience in Pakulala Safari Camp! We hope to see you again!
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Rita wrote a review Aug 2022
17 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The place where the complex is located has a very beautiful view. the tents are well decorated, however I do not think that the price charged per night is justified.

When we arrived, we waited almost 1 hour because our tent had no light, we were in the cold all this time, when this was something that should be checked in advance.
The rooms are extremely humid, but I highlight the fact that they put a hot water bottle inside the beds (it tastes great, because it's really cold!) the food was very good and the catering service worked well.

Another negative point was the fact that they put our guide in a tent without conditions, he had practically no blankets or hot water, he couldn't even take a shower the next day.

I understand the concept of the place, but, in my opinion, they have a lot to improve given the price they charge.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ratpanat Safari, Marketing at Pakulala Safari Camp
Responded 06 Sept 2022
Thank you for your comments Rita. We take into account your experience and opinions to continue improving.
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Dawn G. wrote a review Feb 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania35 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm late in writing this review. My friends and I stayed at this camp in February of 2019. I was surprised to see that this camp is still getting such high ratings. This was not to the standards of the other camps we stayed at (Kiota camp in the Serengeti and Oliver's camp in Tarangire). A couple of reviewers from 2017 commented on the toilet leaking in their tent. Two of us must have 'lucked' out and gotten that same tent- 2 years later. We couldn't understand why it smelled off and why the sisal rug was torn and stained. We found out that night. After we came back from dinner, we realized the rug was wet. An hour later, the rug was sopping wet and was spreading into the rest of the tent. When I went out to tell someone about it, the guard proceeded to shine a flashlight on a water buffalo 50 feet away, and he told me to go back to my tent. I would have taken responsibility for going out of my tent at night, HOWEVER, they told us it was perfectly fine to walk around at night. We were surprised at this and asked them about it because the other two camps we stayed at told us not to come out of our tents at night and provided walkie talkies for communication if we needed to reach someone. This camp did not provide walkie talkies, and once I was back in the tent, it took 45 minutes of my friend an I calling out to finally get someone to come. They tried to mop up the area with towels, but we asked to move to another tent. It's a shame, because this camp could be nice - the location is amazing. The tents are close together and smaller than the other camps, but we didn't mind that. But in addition to the leaky toilet, the linens are worn. The food was okay - not as good as the other camps, but fine. I think overall it was just the condition inside the tent and the lax safety measures that made this so disappointing. Hopefully they can make some improvements, because this camp could be a gem.
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Date of stay: March 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Becky wrote a review Oct 2022
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at pakulala camp in sept 2022 as part of our safari trip in Tanzania. I read reviews of the camp before booking and found a couple that mentioned problems with the toilets (leaking etc) and that the facilities were a little outdated but decided to proceed with booking as generally people seemed to review the camp very positively and given the price I expected it to be of good quality. I’m writing this review simply to warn others as I wish I had taken note of those reviews. We booked a 2 night stay and left a day early as our toilet was broken and despite us telling staff about this it wasn’t fixed (or perhaps not even possible to fix). This was one of the worst stays I’ve ever had in my life. The camp does have some positives - the view over the crater is impressive but the tents are tired and with old broken toilets and no running water I would strongly advise against choosing here. If you are a younger traveller who doesn’t mind ‘roughing it’ perhaps you might enjoy it here (although not for the price) but if you expect a sort of 3 star (3 star in say a normal uk type review) level of facilities - this place is not for you. I wish I had taken note of the reviews and not stayed here as it ruined part of our trip.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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appenz wrote a review Jun 2022
Menlo Park, California71 contributions29 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in 6/2022 for a night as all other accommodations on the crater rim were full. The good is that the staff is very friendly, food is good, the tents are really nice and the view from the grassy area into the crater is spectacular. That said, I would not book them again. A tented camp on the rim of Ngorongoro is a mixed experience as it gets cold at night and is often foggy in the morning. The tent's bucket shower in the cold is really not all that practical. Unless you really, absolutely want to stay in a tent I'd go to the Serena lodge close by which also has an amazing view, a real bungalow, a real hot shower and even better food and friendlier staff. And (at least when we booked) it would have been substantially cheaper as well.

The second thing I don't like about them is the driver housing. Our driver complained about his tent being cold, there not being any warm blanket and he had trouble sleeping. Not treating drivers well is not ok with me.
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Date of stay: June 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ratpanat Safari, Marketing at Pakulala Safari Camp
Responded 29 Jun 2022
Thank you for staying and share your thoughts. We run an authentic experience in a tented camp completely different than in a lodge. All your comments make us improve. We would like to say that we treat our staff very well, we will check what happened. Thanks again for your comments.
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Myko wrote a review Jul 2023
London, United Kingdom13 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 1 night. Although it was very cold, blankets were provided at dinner and at the campfire and all u needed to stay warm was a jacket. Food was quite good but most important of all, people were welcoming : I went to Pakulala on a 12 day trip and it was easily the most welcoming place ever. My dad and i joked with the staff, had a great laugh and it was such a fun time. Definitely recommend
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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ShawnAstro wrote a review Sept 2022
Central Florida, Florida52 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I stayed at the Pakulala Safari Camp following our Kilimanjaro Climb. We had great views of the crater from the camp and saw Elephants and Watebucks in and around the camp. The drive to the bottom of the crater is short allowing for quick access to all the incredible wildlife and scenery Ngorongoro has to offer. The staff, including Margaret and Tattoo, were most friendly and helpful (thank you both!). The tents, beds and bathroom facilities were excellent. It can be cold on the crater rim and the staff supplied water bottles each night to warm the bed. Sitting by the fire ('bush TV') each night was awesome too!
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ratpanat Safari, Marketing at Pakulala Safari Camp
Responded 06 Sept 2022
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Eva H wrote a review Nov 2023
Ahlen, Germany19 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a view, unbelievable! A wunderful place to stay, everything was perfekt and we felt very welcome. The tents were comfortable, during the night we heard elefants walking through the camp. Great staff, we would come back again.
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Date of stay: November 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Victor63692 asked a question Mar 2023
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, is there Wifi available at this camp ? Thank you
Victor63692 asked a question Mar 2023
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, Does the tents have power supply to charge our phones, camera batteries etc ? Thank you
Answer from Becky
3 contributions
Not in your individual tent. There is a power point in the communal dining tent but it’s available to all guests so may be taken/ you may need to queue to use.
Elipanther asked a question Jan 2016
Arusha, Tanzania9 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi Pakulala, What is your website and contact details
Jasmine L asked a question Nov 2015
Singapore, Singapore
Can I loan a camera and lens from the hotel?
Answer from Priscila_Fernandez
Barcelona, Spain118 contributions55 helpful votes
I am sorry, we do not have this service at the tented camp. It is necessary to use your own camera.
Metropole wrote a tip Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom19 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid East Africa Camps for your tours. But this camp is fine."
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Jey M wrote a tip Aug 2023
Chantilly, Virginia407 contributions68 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pack for cold weather"
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Ana L wrote a tip Aug 2023
Lisbon, Portugal131 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take very warm / hot clothes, at night it gets very very cold."
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Oliver C wrote a tip Oct 2022
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid our room!"
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Scheidhaus wrote a tip Jul 2019
Portland, Oregon38 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One of the best classic tented safari camps we stayed in."
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PRICE RANGE
R 9,854 - R 13,453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionNgorongoro Conservation Area
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
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