Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

One sleeping bag is not enough in the month of June. The pink extra sleeping bag is from our tour company not the campsite.
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#15 of 17 campsites in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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oznewbie wrote a review Sept 2023
Wollongong, Australia193 contributions80 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a weird feeling to be camping at 2400mtrs, just a degree away from the equator, and needing to be wearing thermals to stay warm.
Simba is a large campground, with 2 lots of amenities. The area we camped at, as part of a tour group, had communal kitchens and dining spaces. The toilets worked, they even had toilet paper, and there were 2 showers (at least in the men's block). As with many other sites we visited, be prepared for low water pressure and often a cold shower as the hot water units are small and totally inadequate for the number of campers. They do have staff who regularly clean the amenity blocks, so that was good.
There was plenty of space for all the various groups. Being located on the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater the views are spectacular!
Based on the scat around the tents zebras were the nocturnal visitors we could hear munching on the grass. Our guide even had to make some noise at dusk, to encourage the browsing bull elephant to go around our camp rather than through it.
So, measured against other camp sites we visited, Simba is not too bad. If you're planning on travelling down into the crater, it is a good spot to set up camp.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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wallflower69 wrote a review Jun 2022
Otterlo, The Netherlands274 contributions159 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Be prepared for a wild night.. Friendly and not-so-friendly animals may come very close to the campsite, so enjoy the wildlife! It's on a crater that is 2000m above sea level so it is cold when the sun is down. Tip: Bring along a portable emergency thermal blanket to keep yourself warm in the tent. Also, the male toilet had hot water shower while the female toilet didn't..
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Date of stay: June 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Claire A wrote a review Aug 2023
Houilles79 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 1 night there.
A little shop sends beers and drinks, there is a great room to have dinner as the temperatures can be chilly there.
The bathrooms are ok, hot water available if you shower early !
The wifi is a bit hectic but plenty of plugs to charge your phones.
The zebras came very close at night which was nice.
All in all a good place !!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Niklas M wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Ngorongoro Simba Campsite for one night with Angelino Adventures. The experience was incredible: Camping in the wild nature, next to Zebras, Buffalos and more was truly unique. With Angelino Adventures, we had our private driver and private chef who was cooking delicious food in the evening at the camp.
Can highly recommend everyone to visit!
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Booking with Angelino Adventures and was super happy.
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Elena wrote a review 10 Jun
Santa Catalina, Panama62 contributions40 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
I rarely write bad reviews but this experience has left us feeling more sad and taken advantage of than angry. We saved for years to have the Safari and honeymoon of our dreams, and the night we spent at Simba campsite was the worst night for us. I didn't think after paying over $7,000 to a tour operator for a safari trip you'd get a night with a budget and basic tent. The world is really going in the wrong direction. Around the Ngorongoro Crater area, you either get this budget campsite or unaffordable luxury lodges. It'd be nice if a mid-range accommodation existed there. What to expect: a sturdy tent for the cold winds, smelly sleeping bags, hard twin mattresses, a cold water shower after a 10hr safari drive, long bathroom lines, no toilet paper, no towels, the showers don't have hooks to hang your clothes, so they get wet in the shower and overall had no view and no animals were seen or heard around the tents. There are also at least 30 tents all very close together. You can't sleep when you can hear everyone talking late at night. The common eating area was also loud and as much as I love a backpacker atmosphere, I didn't pay for one and even the younger backpackers seemed miserable. A younger woman was so happy that I had toilet paper to share and everyone walked out shivering cold from the showers. It was a very short night of no sleep and you wake up early to start the next Safari day. So choose wisely and I guess you need to spend a minimum of $400 for a comfortable night in this area. I recommend Pakulala Camp which is more expensive but I wish we would've stayed there.
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Date of stay: June 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Halfmanna wrote a review Aug 2022
6 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Great surrounding on top of the crater.
We got a chance to have the visite of an elephant while assembling the tents...crazy nice souvenir.

Facilities were horrible :
Shower - must not have been cleaned for several months
Toilet - Turkish WC blocked, so I let you imagine how it looked with the s*** (literally) floating all around the rooms (same area as the shower...). And this was the case in both men and women facilities.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring some warm clothes as it freezes during the night (5degres in summer).
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Felicia wrote a review May 2023
United Kingdom176 contributions75 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic camping grounds. There is hot water. It could be a little cleaner and there are also huge dung beetles which fly into the bathroom attracted to the light. A mix of western and squat toilets are available but no hand soap so bring your own. I heard a lion in the night and there were some water bucks chilling outside my tent in the morning.
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Date of stay: May 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring your own hand soap
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Danimal2007 wrote a review Jan 2023
Berkeley, California500 contributions351 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Camped for one night while visiting Ngorongoro. This is a basic budget camp on top of the crater wall. There is a dining hall where they sell cold beer and have an espresso machine. The toilets were not in the best condition. The best thing about this camp was the visits from wild animals. There was a herd of zebras and buffalo grazing around the campground. When it got dark, the buffalo were sitting near the entrance to the dining area. They were not aggressive. This camp has a guard on duty. Overall, I enjoyed the "wild" camping here.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Haytham Abu Firas wrote a review Mar 2023
Qatar19,228 contributions6,846 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Without mentioning any names of other camp sites, this place is far better than them. We were shocked to know that our travel agent arranged us a tented camp in here. Nothing provided other than the land and the washrooms. Good to find hot/cold water as well as soaps. Had to make our tents, prepare our food, load/unload stuff from the truck. Wi-Fi is very weak. Canteen prices is like airport. Cola is 5000 while in the city it’s 1000 only.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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shenn09 wrote a review Jul 2023
County Meath, Ireland363 contributions157 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is well set up but basic- as it says in the description. It has hot water, toilets showers, kitchen and dining room. It has some wifi. It’s cold so pack appropriately. Wild animals will most likely greet you, which we loved. Woke up to zebras at our door. We also met some baboons. You can stroll around the grounds but dont venture too far. I would have loved an open fire, which some people had but not sure it’s allowed. Amazing views
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from oznewbie
Wollongong, Australia193 contributions80 helpful votes
Hi Henrieta, As we went with a tour group, I'm not really sure. However, I'd recommend you check out the web site for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. They have a site specifically discussing ngorongoro crater camping sites. Hope this helps
kenicholas asked a question Jan 2023
Abbotsford, Australia29 contributions22 helpful votes
Is WIFI available?
Answer from Marion3223
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions6 helpful votes
I heard that they were run by the Nat Parks themselves but can’t confirm that . There was also a payment booth at the entry but no one in attendance when we arrived . Try the NP office at the entrance - hope this helps .
didicontra asked a question Jul 2018
Los Angeles, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
How were the mosquitos?
Answer from Thislife
Birmingham5 contributions9 helpful votes
I didn't notice any mosquitos or biting insects. There are however wild animals that roam through the site, particularly at night so take a torch and move carefully when leaving your tent. We encountered buffalo, and two of the ugly 5...warthogs and marabou storks. Don't ignore the warnings about temperature at night, it really can be bitterly cold so ensure you have layers and your operator provides an all-season sleeping bag and not a summer one.
Felicia wrote a tip May 2023
United Kingdom176 contributions75 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own hand soap"
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Jessica M wrote a tip Oct 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book somewhere else"
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Halfmanna wrote a tip Aug 2022
6 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring some warm clothes as it freezes during the night (5degres in summer)."
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Alice S wrote a tip Nov 2021
Lund, Sweden649 contributions292 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dont leave your stuff unlocked in the tent. Other visitors had their stuff disappear. We locked our tent with a small lock and we didn't have a problem! "
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Ladislav wrote a tip Mar 2020
Bratislava, Slovakia134 contributions81 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"during the night trip to the toilet watch out for animals and their poop"
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