Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Rift Valley, Tanzania
Rates from R12512 per night · Safari Style · 30 rooms

Overview

Perched above cool swirling mists on the edge of the Crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s sumptuous boutique safari suites offer breathtaking views. This is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.
Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau - brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers and panelled walls - and be instantly transported into one of the most famous African landscapes with just one glance out the window of the lodge.

In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.

Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence.

Know Before You Go

Rooms:
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 WC. The suites all feature decks with magnificent views of the Crater floor.

Fully inclusive rates include: accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, scheduled safari activities and emergency medical evacuation insurance. National park fees and Crater fees are not included in the above mentioned rates - these are charged per 24-hour period.

Facilities:
Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers to provide warm, personal service to each guest. Brocade sofas and Persian rugs invite guests to re-live the day’s experiences around a roaring fire. The domed dining room, where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the huge windows and awe-inspiring views, ensures that the setting, as well as the meal, is one you will never forget. Everything is chosen to delight the imagination and enhance the spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings. An eclectic blend of elegant teak panelling, Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches creates a sumptuous atmosphere that is as elegant and unique as the Crater itself. Leather chairs recline in front of a lit fireplace and raw silk curtains screen a private veranda. Even the gigantic bathtub set under its hand-beaded chandelier and the massive round shower offer tantalising glimpses of the world’s most famous caldera. At the entrance to the Lodge there is a well-stocked Safari Shop.

Features:
At Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, game activities centre around the astonishing natural feature from which the Lodge takes it's name.

Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. One of the Wonders of the World and a designated World Heritage Site. At the eastern edge of the Serengeti, and nearly three million years old, Ngorongoro is one of the most perfectly formed and certainly the most spectacular calderas on the planet. With over 40,000 predominantly Maasai pastoralists inhabiting the Ngorongoro Conservation Area it is a prime example of mankind living in harmony with wildlife.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Not a national park in the strict sense of the word, the NCA was established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources, as well as to safeguard the interests of indigenous people and promote tourism.

Thus, guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen whose cattle graze side by side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.

Unmatched for its natural variety, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the NCA is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area.

The largest intact caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere. A permanent population of more than 30,000 animals inhabit a mere 260 km² (100 square miles) in the 600 m (2,000 ft) deep crater, making this one of the few places in Africa where guests stand a great chance of seeing the entire Big Five in the course of a single game drive.

Dining:
Mouthwatering tastes and delicate textures do their best to distract guests from the splendour of the Lodge's dining room. Magnificent designs delight the eye, while fragrances and flavours tempt the palate. The domed dining room, where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the huge windows and awe-inspiring views, ensures that the setting, as well as the meal, is one you will never forget.

Hotel Rates

Room rates are from US$685 to US$1,345 per person per night sharing.
Fully inclusive rates include: accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, scheduled safari activities and emergency medical evacuation insurance. National park fees and Crater fees are not included in the above mentioned rates - these are charged per 24-hour period.

For more information about rates, please enquire.

Activities

  • Daily Big Five game drives
  • Due to the time that it takes to descent to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, only one daily game drive is conducted
  • A scenic drive to the Crater floor allows plenty of time to admire the spectacular views
  • Guests enjoy a picnic lunch, surrounded by the vast herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle
  • Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea or a sundowner cocktail as you watch the play of light on the breathtaking Crater
  • Enjoy sundowner cocktails and delicious snacks whilst treated to awe-inspiring views

Additional Information

  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is open year round
  • Excellent game viewing year round
  • Travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years and older
  • Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives
  • Childminders can be booked at an additional cost
  • Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
  • An extra bed can be arranged for a child 16 years and younger sharing its parents’ suite
  • No more than 2 triples per night at each North and South Camps. Regretfully no triples can be accommodated at Tree Camp