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.
Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera
of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful
wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering
forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake. Nearby
Olduvai Gorge – a famous early archaeological site – is situated
to the west of the Crater in the eastern Serengeti Plains. In
the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 42 000 Maasai live and herd
their livestock in harmony with Africa’s wild animals.
At a glance
- Accommodation - Capacity
- 30 luxury suites
- Famous Ngorongoro Crater – a World Heritage
- Three intimate safari camps with breathtaking
- North and South Camp (12 suites)
- Intimate Tree Camp (six suites)
- Each with spectacular Crater views
- Private viewing decks
- Spacious en suite bathrooms
- Extraordinary guest areas
- African gift shop and art gallery
- Spectacular year-round game viewing
- Interpretive Big Five safaris
- Nearby Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands
- Private butler service
- Big Five
Inspired in design
by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), three intimate
camps comprise romantic suites perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro
Crater – a World Heritage site. Steeped in romance, each mud and
thatch suite is reminiscent of a bygone era, with the stilted,
handcrafted structures adorned in graceful antiques, grand chandeliers
and African treasures. The bedroom, sitting
room and en suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows,
overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Your personal butler
will discreetly tend to your every need, bringing you tea in bed,
stoking your fireplace and drawing your bath.Described
as Maasai meets Versailles, each extraordinary camp operates independently
with its own central living and dining areas and viewing decks.
Early settler-style interiors combine silver, gold and ruby colours
under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Beaded chandeliers
hang above large gilt mirrors, and antiques, plump cushions, voluptuous
raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously
with African art elements.
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.
Africa-trained expert guides will lead you on exciting game-drives
into the Crater and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You may also
enjoy visits to local Maasai manyattas, lavish picnics on the
Crater floor, excursions to Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands,
as well as walks on the Crater rim.
Crater Lodge lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at the
eastern edge of the Serengeti. There are four distinct habitats
which are home to
25 000 animals – boasting excellent year-round game viewing.
Big Five, including black-maned lion. This is Tanzania’s best
locality for viewing black rhino. There are many resident bull
elephants with spectacular tusks, abundance of lion prides and
spotted hyena clans, thousands of lesser and greater flamingo
in the soda lake, excellent montane forest birdwatching on Crater
rim, excursions to annual breeding grounds of over one million
wildebeest (January to February).
Air Services operate a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha
Airport to Manyara airstrip. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge transfers
guests to and from Manyara airstrip by closed game-viewing vehicle
– approximately 1˝hours.
to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years and older. Regretfully,
children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular
game-drives. Child minders can be booked at an additional cost.
Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game-drives at
the Lodge Manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for
a child 11 years and younger sharing its parents’ suite. Regretfully
no triples can be accommodated at Ngorongoro Tree Camp.