Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: The Lowdown

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If a hobbit had a home, it would look like Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. However, it would be a very lucky hobbit indeed who got to live in such gorgeous surroundings. When it first opened Crater Lodge raised the bar on luxury in Tanzania and today it remains one of the foremost lodges on the continent.

What’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge like?

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has 30 gorgeous suites divided amongst three camps, meaning that when we visited we thought it felt like a lodge a third of the size.  Rooms are a mixture of local natural materials and fabulous OTT opulence- imagine clay walls, thatched roofs, plus chandeliers, crystal decanters and baths filled with rose petals. There are fires to snuggle up beside on chilly highland evenings, and a butler on hand for anything you might need. Meals are eaten in the camp dining room, though often you’ll take lunch down on the crater floor. Our tip: make time for sundowner cocktails somewhere that you can make the most of the view over the crater floor.

What can I do at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?

Most guests are here for the game viewing: fly-in guests will usually join shared morning and afternoon game drives from the lodge down into the Ngorongoro Crater, while guests travelling with their own guide will do game drives in their private vehicle. As crater permits are only for 6 hours, many guests visit nearby Oludvai Gorge, and we can also arrange some hiking in the area.

Feel-good factor at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge:

The owners of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have long been known for their responsible ethos (their original name was “Conservation Corporation Africa”) and the lodge has been heavily involved with re-foresting the nearby area.  Guides also take local Maasai children on game drives into the crater (sadly very few local Tanzanians get to enjoy the experiences we travel thousands of miles for) and help to support schools and wildlife researchers in the surrounding area.

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