Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater
Birding Daydrive Walk

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Game Viewing
Price Guide $$$

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Our View

Perched on the rim of the crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is often referred to as the safari lodge at the top of the world. This high priced designer lodge is not to everyone’s taste, but certainly quite outstanding.

Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera below shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Abundant in diversity, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The spectacular assemblage of wildlife within the Crater is one of the world’s wonders, and close encounters with wildlife in this Garden of Eden are always memorable. With one of the highest densities of lions and hyena in Africa, an estimated 25 000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including the endangered black rhino and leopard. The Ngorongoro Crater offers great game viewing all year around, but the best game viewing is usually between June to February. A downside when visiting the Crater, is the high visitor traffic, no off-road driving and adverse weather conditions.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Quick Facts

  • Three separate camps making up a total of 30 suites
  • Family suites available – children of all ages are welcome
  • Wifi in the suites only – not in public areas
  • Game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy (not the Serengeti)
  • Cultural visits – interact with the Maasai and Hazabe tribes and step back in time at Olduvai Gorge – the Cradle of Mankind
  • Walking and hikes
  • Crater floor banquet
  • Lion impact – interact with Kopelion Conservation team
  • Massage room

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: The Details

Reminiscent of a bygone era, the three intimate Ngorongoro Crater camps are steeped in romance with each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. Watch and listen to the mesmerizing chant of Maasai warriors, overlooking the game-rich crater as the sun goes down, or enjoy a wine tasting in the wine store. Personal butlers discretely cater to each guest’s every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing bubble baths.

The closest airstrip servicing the Lodge is Lake Manyara airstrip which is approximately 1.5hr drive from camp in a closed safari vehicle. Coastal Air connects Manyara airstrip with Arusha, Dar es Salam, Serengeti, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro daily. Manyara can also be reached by road (approx. 4-hour drive from Arusha).

Ngorongoro Crater requires at least a two-night stay, or more depending on what activities you are interested in doing there. To fully explore Tanzania, Ngorongoro is ideally combined with the Serengeti, Tarangire National Park and possibly even a few wonderful relaxing days on magical Zanzibar Island to wrap up your holiday time.