Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Northern Safari, Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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.


We Love
  • Incredible architecture, inspired by the traditional Maasai mud and stick manyatta
  • Whimsical interiors packed with antiques create an aura of romance and luxury
  • Spectacular Crater views from everywhere in the suites, including the bathroom
  • Exceptional birding, including endemic high altitude species
Need to Know
  • Wildflowers in bloom on Crater floor in June and July
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

The Review

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.

Why Stay
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.

Getting There

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.  

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Northern Safari, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater
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 room window.

The 30 stilted suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive Crater experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service.

Rating                             Classic Camp
Type                               Safari Camp
No. Rooms                       30 classic tents
Max Occupants                 60 guests
Occupancy/Tent                2 adults
Triples                             4 (children 16 years and younger); triples are not possible at Tree Camp
Interests                          Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                           Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                     Visa and Master Card
Family Room                    There is one family room with inter-leading suites

Electricity & Water
The camp has 220v AC. Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice we are able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements


Children Policy
    Travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years or older
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night


Ngorongoro Crater

Once a gigantic volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania is now the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that, before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600m (2,000ft) deep crater as its focal point.

An estimated 25,000 mammals are resident in the Crater, including large herds of resident wildebeest, 16 highly endangered black rhino and around 70 lion. Nomadic cheetah move in and out of the area and leopard are most often encountered in the Lerai Forest. Both golden and black-backed jackals are abundant, while the normally shy and nocturnal serval are frequently spotted during daylight hours.

While more often associated with the Great Migration in other parts of Tanzania, both zebra and wildebeest are permanently resident in the Crater. Large numbers of both lion and spotted hyena are also residents and buffalo, once completely absent from the Crater floor have returned in large numbers. The Lerai Forest, the permanent marshes on the Crater floor and the highland meadows provide the best sightings of elephant in the Crater area.

The saline waters of Lake Magadi attract both the lesser and the greater flamingo, with flocks of several thousand forming when the lake is low. Other bird species on the Crater floor include the ostrich and the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird.

When to go

Summer is from October to March and winter is from April to September. It can be cold on the Crater rim from May to September and we suggest guests dress in layers for game drives, as temperatures heat up towards midday. Rain occurs predominantly in November and from April to May. Annual rainfall is approximately 700mm / 27” on the Crater floor and 1 500mm / 59” on the Crater rim. Temperatures range from a minimum of approximately 8˚C / 42˚F to a maximum of approximately 30˚C / 86˚F. Game viewing is excellent year-round

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The camp is situated in a malaria area and the necessary precautions should be taken

British passport holders require a visa to enter. These can be obtained on arrival at main points of entry or from Tanzania High Commission for £40 per person. Children require visas and fee is same as adults. There is no appointment system.  

The following is required for each application:
    A completed visa application form
    Original passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months from date of application
    2 recent passport photographs (scanned photos printed on ordinary paper will not be accepted)
    Visa fee £40.00 in cash/postal order payable to Tanzania High Commission

The office is open on weekdays except on UK and Tanzania National holidays
Opening Times: 10am - 12.30pm: Visa applications
14.00pm – 15.30pm: Visa Collection

Getting There

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.   

Ngorongoro Crater Airstrip     
Coordinates           S 03˚12.31”     E 035˚28.13”
GPS Coordinates    S 03˚14.356’    E 035˚29.816’
Camp Closure        Open year-round