NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE, TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. It lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square miles) of pristine African wilderness. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa,
Luxury Hotel Accommodation
ACCOMMODATION AT NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE, TANZANIA
Sumptuous safari suites: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps with 30 Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village. Set in classic crescents, each stone and thatch suite has spectacular views of the crater from large glass windows in the bathroom, lounge and bedroom, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor.
North and South Camp have 12 suites each, while intimate Tree Camp has six suites. All have an en suite bathroom and chandelier-lit bath-tub and shower. Each sumptuous suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your enjoyment.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge's Highlights
North and South Camp (12 suites)
Intimate Tree Camp (six suites)
Each with spectacular Crater views
Private viewing decks
Exclusive butler service
Spacious en suite bathrooms
Extraordinary guest areas
African gift shop and art gallery
Ngorongoro Lodge's stylish interiors
The sumptuous colonial-style interiors combine silver, gold and ruby colours under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Crystal chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors reflecting carved Zanzibar wall panelling decorated with goldleaf. Huge bowls filled with long-stemmed red roses complement the Persian carpets and velvet bedspreads. Antiques, plump cushions, voluptuous raw silk curtains and tall, leather-backed chairs complete the picture. This opulent design blends with African art elements in unexpected harmony.
Unique Guest Areas
Each of the exclusive camps operates independently. They each have a central living area and viewing decks overlooking the awesome crater. African nights are lit by the large fire bowls that flank the entrance to each of the living and dining areas. There is a communal safari shop and gallery. African artefacts and clothing are on sale at the gallery/Maasai Market.
The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, makes every meal a special occasion. Delicious Pan-African cuisine may also be enjoyed on the outdoor dining deck.
Game drives, with game and bird viewing, guided walks, excursions to Massai Cultural village, or the volcanic ash dune of 'Shifting sands'. Children over 12 are welcome.
190km from Arusha airport.