|Perched on the edge of the Crater itself, this award-winning lodge is fit for a king and queen. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence.|
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Location
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been called the game lodge at the top of the world and, between the natural riches of the Crater spread out at its feet and the amazing architecture, it’s easy to believe that you have entered a realm of pure fantasy. With ever-changing views as mists swirl and clouds scurry over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Activities
Wildlife Safari Walking Culture Honeymoon Photography Birding Cuisine Day Tour Child Friendly Price Range - East Africa: $250 plus
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Attractions
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 jackal are abundant, while the normally shy and nocturnal serval are frequently spotted during daylight hours. Vast numbers of buffalo, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle also occur. Large numbers of both lion and spotted hyena are also resident in the Crater. While the grasses are short in winter, it is easy to spot even small predator like caracal.
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 dense forest on the slopes and rim of the Crater provides shelter for the giant tuskers, which pass silently through the forest depths, some even visiting the lodge gardens after dark.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Facilities
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.
Divided into three camps, 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. Brocade sofas and Persian rugs invite you 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.
Ensuite bathrooms with a centrepiece of fresh roses feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breath taking views from all around of the incredible game-rich Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Additional Information
Experience thrilling daily game drives in closed Land Rovers with pop up roofs into the crater (half day and full day). Driving within the Serengeti is an optional extra, but a photographer''s dream. Game and bird viewing opportunities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are exceptional. You may request the sole use of a Land Rover for game viewing, but this is at your own expense.
Guided walking safaris follow a dramatic route, skirting the rim of the crater and are an optional extra. Other activities at the lodge include croquet and boulle (French game similar to bowls), board games and a stunning collection of wildlife books, magazines and videos.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Children Policy
Regretfully children under 5 years cannot participate on game drives.
Children (sharing with adults)
0 - 5 years = free of charge
6 - 16 years = half of full adult rate, sharing with 1 or 2 adults
Check In Time: 02:00:00 PM
Check Out Time: 11:00:00 AM