Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Nestled on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, this luxurious lodge offers outstanding views of the 180km² (100 miles²) caldera below. It is one of the finest lodges in Tanzania, and is undoubtedly the most luxurious lodge in the vicinity of Ngorongoro Crater.

The design of the lodge, with its curved walls and round rooms, reflects the traditional architecture of the resident Maasai tribe. The interiors, with the carved wooden window-frames and plush furnishings, is evocative of Zanzibari and 19th century colonial styles.

The lodge has 30 cottages in three “camps”. Each camp has its own lounge and dining room. Facilities include a massage service, wireless internet, land-line telephone at the reception, cellphone coverage, and fantastic views. There is no gym or swimming pool (at over 2,000m / 7,000ft a.s.l. few guests would yearn for a dip in a pool here!).

The cottages are built off the ground on wooden stilts, offering protection from wild animals. Buffalo and zebra are often seen grazing in between the rooms, and other animals are known to pass by in the night.

Each suite has a large king-sized bed with electric blankets for warmth on cold nights, a cozy fireplace, writing desk, and en suite bathroom with shower and an old-fashioned ceramic bathtub, and a separate space for the loo.