NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Our View
Voted year on year as one of the top ten hotels on the planet, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is quite rightly the flagship property for &Beyond. The rooms are sumptuous, the food, service and all round excellence make staying here a wonderful experience. The butler service and the views from anywhere in your room will make sure that you remember the crater, and this lodge, for a long time afterwards.
One of the top lodges in Africa. 5 Paws, no question!
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Fast Facts
$1,600 per person per night (high season)
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: The Detail
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, south east of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania. The lodge is the most luxurious property in the Ngorongoro area which is accessible by light aircraft into and out of the Lake Manyara Airstrip which is only 30 minutes from Arusha where most Northern Safaris start and end.
The Lodge is split into 3 camps, North, South and Tree Camp. North and South are identical to each other both with excellent views and Tree Camp is set on the crater rim with slightly smaller guest rooms but views through the treesm, all three are perfecet for an African honeymoon. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa. The main dining area has huge chandeliers, deep red decor and you cannot escape the incredible view of the crater through every window.
The lodge has 30 rooms which are separated into 3 camps so you only feel like you are in a 10 bed lodge, each with their own huge dining area and drawing room. The rooms are almost over the top with deep reds on the walls and chandeliers and open bathrooms each with a balcony looking onto the lawn before the view spills onto the deep crater. Each room is allocated a butler for your stay.
The Crater Lodge can provide some of the best game viewing drives into the crater and Ngorongoro Conservation area that East Africa can offer. Bush walks around the lodge are also available, as well as excursions to Olduvai Gorge. For those that want to take some "time out" from the rigors of a game drive you are invited to use the library and relax in this beautiful lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Client Reviews
Wow! what an outstanding place!! The most exceptional place we have ever been to!
Tobias & Magali Kurth 2009
Rooms and view were outstanding, food and staff were excellent. Not sure it is worth the price compared to the other places we stayed.
Marty Goldmsith 2011
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Latest News
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: BUFFALO BULL THE KING
5 Oct 2012
Although it is possible to view lion on the crater floor, it is not possible to see bull buffalo grazing close to the lion The bull was very relaxed and close to two big male lions. This amazing sighting happened yesterday during our normal game drive in the crater floor. This bull buffalo was 10 ... Show me more >
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: LEOPARD AROUND THE LODGE
2 Oct 2012
We were in the reception area when one of the Askari came in and said that he saw a leopard making its way towards us near the Green hurt house. I asked him to walk back again and see if we could see it. We saw it trying to hide from us. Show me more >
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: CRAZY KILL
27 Sep 2012
It was morning game drive which lasted into the afternoon on the crater floor. We saw a lot of wildlife, even though the area is dry now. We drove in one of our picnic sites and stopped there for a late breakfast. We were also looking at zebras in the water having a drink. Suddenly two lionesses ... Show me more >
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: POWERFUL AND SUCCESSFUL LIONESSES
14 Sep 2012
It was during our morning game drive on the crater floor and my guests were very keen to see a kill. So, we drove for about one hour. Then suddenly we saw four lionesses just ten metres away from our car, crawling towards a warthog which had not yet seen these lions. They came very close to them. ... Show me more >
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: SIBLICIDE
11 Aug 2012
We had started our early morning game drive at about 06:30 am. We had a good sighting of 2 big male lions walking from jackal loop. They joined the females with 4 cubs of different ages between 4 and 8 months old who were eating a young zebra. Later at about 100 metres before Lake Magadi we saw a ... Show me more >
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The camps are well organised and each tent has been designed with cool and comfort in mind. With a bucket shower as standard this is still bush camping, but with the flamboyant extras that &Beyond seem to endow to all of their properties such as a flush loo and chandeliers.