The Ngorongoro Crater offers phenomenal game viewing throughout the year, but particular seasons offer their own special highlights.

Entamanu sits on an extraordinary site in the sharp air of the highlands and there’s nothing tame about this location – the high-altitude sun has some real heat, and the wind can be biting and sometimes noisy. We’ve taken up the challenge to create a camp that makes the most of the extraordinary view while providing warmth and shelter from the elements, while being entirely removable.

The Crater itself takes on a life of its own when it comes to weather patterns. With an altitudinal range of 960m to 3,648m, its climatic zones range from semi-arid to montane forest, and there is often a remarkable difference between the conditions on either side of the Crater, and particularly between the rim (often cold and foggy in the mornings) and the crater floor which is much hotter and often clear. Temperatures on the rim can drop to around or below freezing so warm clothes are a must throughout the year, and it can get windy at Entamanu particularly in July and August.

As its own little microhabitat, the Crater includes a variety of small ecosystems, a saline lake, swamps, plains and forests - and all this supports a population of about 25,000 mammals and an impressive number of bird species. Most of the wildlife never leaves the Crater floor and it has a well-earned reputation as one of the most epic wildlife experiences in Africa. It can get busy with vehicles on the Crater floor, but our location on the rim means we can beat most of the crowds in the mornings, and retreat to our remote corner of wilderness to explore on foot, or venture further afield to the less famous but equally impressive sites such as Empakai and Ol Moti.

January – February

March – May

June – October

November – December

Excellent birding and clear skies

Wildlife is generally fantastic throughout the year in the Crater. The Big Five are all here to be seen if you are lucky. During the wetter months the water levels in Lake Magadi rise and attract impressive flocks of lesser flamingos.

This is usually a time of dry weather between the short rains of November and December, and the long rains of April and May. Warm sunny and clear days, with cooler temperatures at camp on the Crater rim, especially if it does rain.

Prices from $1,490 per person per night
January – February

Lush green scenery

The 'Long rains' start towards the end of March, and it is when we receive the most rain. Most days will see rain, but it very seldom lasts the whole day. Temperatures are around 21°C/70°F on the Crater floor and as low as 6°C/43°F on the Crater rim.

Prices from $995 per person per night
March – May

Migratory birds start to arrive, wildlife gather around waterholes

Wildlife is generally fantastic throughout the year in the Crater. As the season dries out so does the grass on the Crater floor making spotting the more elusive beasts like the serval easier.

The next couple of months are generally warm with afternoon temperatures around 19°C/66°F on the Crater floor. Days are sunny, with cloudless skies. It gets cold at night so warm clothes are a must.

The short rains could start towards the end of October.

Prices from $995 - $1,750 per person per night
June – October

Excellent birding

Wildlife is generally fantastic throughout the year in the Crater. The Big Five are all here to be seen if you are lucky.

The 'short’ rains usually occur anytime throughout November and December. Showers generally happen in the afternoon and are relatively short lived. Temperatures are warm during the day and can drop considerably at night.

Prices from $995 per person per night
November – December

Northern Tanzania safaris

Our Northern Tanzania camps are in enviable locations that mean we can take you deeper into this epic wilderness and create life changing experiences.


R. Gerrity

Review for entamanu-private

Fantastic Camp, Amazing Views

The camp is fantastic. The rooms are amazing with a gas fireplace, beautiful bathrooms and amazing views. Jonathan and his team are very inviting, and the service is fantastic as is the food. Would highly recommend!

R. Luba

Review for entamanu-private

Magical World Above Crater

It's like entering a magical world unlike any other. A perfect place high above the crater to reflect on the days adventure and be surrounded by nature's beauty and exceedingly welcoming staff. I hope to return.

A. Nicholson

Review for entamanu-private

Beautiful Hidden Location

Beautiful hidden away location amongst the trees. Lovely large airy tastefully decorated rooms. Close location to crater entrance meant with an early start we had a very peaceful viewing of the wildlife. Lovely food and attentive and friendly staff. We really enjoyed our stay.

L. Sullivan

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Beautiful Ngorongoro Crater Drive

Entamanu is beautiful! The game drive through Ngorongoro Crater was top notch & the timing perfect. Amazing dramatic scenery and thriving with wildlife. The accommodations are my favorite design, I’ve even taken photos to get inspiration for my home! Gorgeous, quiet, lush and peaceful. The Maasai bo...

W. Griggs

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Incredible Nomad Entamanu

Nomad Entamanu at Ngorongoro was incredible! The views from the rooms, the food, the staff, and the guide all made for a truly unique experience.

M. Perez

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Outstanding Service and Unique Installations

Entamanu is a wonderful place, embedded into local nature. Outstanding service and unique installations. All becomes a unique experience together with the Ngorongoro safari

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