Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
NGORONGORO CRATER, NORTHERN TANZANIA
Perched on the rim of a wildlife-rich crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay in the wilderness. The lodge is made up of three adjacent safari camps with a total of 30 romantic Maasai-inspired suites. Each stone and thatch suite, set on stilts by the edge of the crater, offers magnificent views of the crater below. Interiors are designed in colonial-style with deep Chesterfield leather sofas and glass chandeliers.
Once a self-catering hut in the early 1950’s, it was developed into a 130-bed hotel to meet the growing tourism demand in the area. In 1995, it was taken over by the present owners, with passion for conservation and a belief that in wilderness even less is more. The property was demolished and rebuilt as Ngorongoro Crater Lodge with just 30 luxurious suites. Today, it’s an award-winning resort and one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.
Once a gigantic volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania is the largest intact caldera in the world. This extraordinarily fertile ‘bowl’ with permanent water sources including Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge river, is home to hundreds of flamingos. Wildlife in the area include large herds of resident wildebeest, endangered black rhino and lion prides. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge provides panoramic views of the crater and easy access to view its wildlife below.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge NGORONGORO CRATER, NORTHERN TANZANIA
Stay Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has 30 guest suites. Set in three separate and intimate camps, its 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. Personal butler discretely caters for each guest’s every need, from serving tea in bed to drawing luxurious bubble baths.
The Camp The main Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided between three separate camps, each built in Maasai-inspired mud architecture and beautifully furnished in colonial style. Each camp has its own viewing deck, grand sitting room and dining room with their entrances dramatically illuminated at night by large fire bowls. Freshly cooked meals are served either in the dining hall or al fresco on the deck. Personal butlers are highly trained and so are the game rangers.
ChildCare Children of 5 years and above are welcome to stay at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. There is a family suite connecting two suites by a private, closed walkway. Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. Babysitting can be arranged, if requested.
Safari Ngorongoro Crater is home to an estimated 25,000 large mammals, including a population of approximately 6,000 resident wildebeest, 16 rare black rhino and around 70 lion. Game drives from Ngorongoro Lodge, sometimes see cheetahs in the crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest. It also protects endangered black rhino, giant tusked elephants, black-manned lion and long-legged flamingo that crowd the soda lakes.
Experience Game drives from the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are longer than usual, partly due to the long drive down onto the Crater floor. But 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! Other activities include visits to Maasai villages and the nearby Olduvai Gorge, made famous by the Leakeys’ archaeological discoveries in the 1940s and 50s. The lodge also offer in room massages.
Location 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.
Getting There There are no direct flights from UK to Tanzania. Options include Kenya Airways from Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour international flight to Arusha Airport. A number of scheduled airline services operate a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha to Manyara airstrip. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge transfers guests to and from Manyara airstrip by closed game viewing vehicle – approximately 1-hour 30-minutes.
When to go Tanzania summer is from September to January while July is the coolest month. Rain generally occurs from March to May and again in November and December. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. Generally, temperatures are pleasant, sometimes rising above 32˚C / 90˚F and rarely dropping below 10˚C / 50˚F. Wildflowers in bloom on the Crater floor in June and July.