Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. It lies within the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square miles) of pristine African wilderness. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most spectacular safari lodges in Africa.
Set in classic crescents and inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta, there are three separate camps – North and South Camp each with 12 suites and Tree Camp with six suites. Each stilted suite is sumptuously furnished with panelled walls and floors made of Tanzanian hardwoods, rich raw silk curtains, hand beaded chandeliers, gilt mirrors, a fireplace and a butler’s lobby. Ensuite bathroom with a centrepiece of red roses has twin hand basins, shower, chandelierlit bathtub and separate w.c. The suites all feature decks with magnificent views of the Crater floor. Each camp has a sitting and dining room, an outdoor dining area and viewing decks.
The sitting rooms have woven banana bark ceilings and are adorned with hand beaded chandeliers, carved and gilded wall plaques, brocade sofas, Persian carpets, candles and bowls of red roses. The domed dining room with its welcoming fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters makes every meal a special occasion. At the entrance to the Lodge there is a well-stocked Safari Shop.
Things to do
Game drives into the Crater in closed safari vehicles with popup roofs (07h00 to 14h00 and 15h00 to 18h00). Birdwatching, half-day trips to Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands subject to vehicle availability.
Optional activities at an additional cost include walking on the rim of the Crater or in Empakaai Crater, a cultural Maasai boma visit, sundowners with spectacular views over Lake Eyasi, excursions to Lake Ndutu and private bush breakfasts and lunches.