Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Northern Safari, Tanzania
Northern Safari, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is consistently recognised as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay in the wilderness. In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, anything is possible and the breathtakingly beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.
UNLEASH IT: AT THIS LODGE WHERE YOU LOSE TRACK OF THE ERA OR EVEN THE CONTINENT YOU ARE ON.
In the early 1950’s the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge was just a self-catering hut. With an increase in tourism to the area, it developed into a 130-bed hotel, run by the Windsor Hotels Group until in 1995, it was taken over by the present owners, who demolished the old building and completely rebuilt it.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is now an award-winning property, with just 30 luxurious suites perched on the very rim of the ancient, wildlife-rich crater. It is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.
Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, black-manned lion stalk the grasslands and long-legged flamingo crowd the soda lakes. An estimated 25,000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a population of approximately 6,000 resident wildebeest, 16 rare black rhino and around 70 lion. Cheetahs move in and out of the crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest.
Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below.
Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. Ensuite bathrooms with a dramatic centrepiece of red roses feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butler discretely cater for each guest’s every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths.
Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater are longer than usual, partly due to the long drive down onto the Crater floor. With tens of thousands of animals inhabiting the Crater floor, game drives are likely to produce some exceptional sightings, perhaps even the entire Big Five in one day!
Stop at one of the designated picnic sites on the Crater floor for a delicious packed lunch. Continue your wildlife adventure after lunch, returning to the lodge in the early afternoon, or opt for a shorter drive and return to the lodge for lunch.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is located on the southern edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Regional Air Services operates a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha airport to Manyara airstrip. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge chauffeurs guests to and from Manyara airstrip and the transfer takes approximately two hours.