Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
by: Amy Risley
Part three of an epic African adventure
Me and my safari sister Erica
Oh, and zebras.
The bedroom. How much ooh-la-la can you handle?
After a long day of game-driving, a magical butler person will have preempted your arrival back to the room by scattering rose petals and drawing you a bubble bath. I bet they'd even call you Mariah if you asked.
A cozy chill zone complete with fireplace.
Steps up to the main building.
AndBeyond puts it best when they describe the design of the lodge as "Versailles meets Massai".
The dining area.
Each meal is hearty, meaty and delicious.
Here's frick and frack looking out for a cheetah attack. Daily game drives into the crater to visit your 25,000 wild neighbors are the activity of choice. You'll see everything from wildebeest, highly endangered black rhinos, cheetah, lion, and flocks of thousands of flamingos!
A whole day can be spent tracking down the lion, as drivers radio about sightings from different edges of the crater. We were lucky enough to encounter a lazy pride who decided to bask in the shade of our jeeps.
She just wasn't feeling photogenic.
What...yes...obviously I'm drinking a glass of red and cruising past elephants.
Safety first. Safety second. Seriously guys, safety. On our last night a kajillion ton elephant decided to mosey up and graze on the trees directly outside of our door. Incredible. (Any time you need to walk the grounds at night you'll be escorted by a guide.)
This is why you splurge on the luxe safari - gourmet snacks and wine in the back of the jeep!
The lovely lineup of stilted banana thatch suites, each facing epic views of the crater.
Highs + Lows
Everything about Ngorongoro is spectacular and magical. It's the ultimate luxury safari experience for those who prefer the comfort of a lush suite over a tented camp after a long day of game driving.
AndBeyond owns a vast network of properties across Africa; from a private island in Zanzibar to tented camps in the Masai Mara. Going with a company like this to plan your trip is the best way to create a diverse, well organized experience. We tacked on a visit to their Lake Manyara Tree Lodge which was an equally fantastic experience.
The safari guides are incredibly accommodating and knowledgable.
It's a long way from home- not as easily accessible as some of the Kenya camps. My journey from the lodge to Los Angeles took 48 hours door to door (give or take a few airline delays)...but it was absolutely worth it.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury Safari Lodge
An opulent romance-meets-adventure safari fantasy.
Dramatically perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, one of the most famous African landscapes which is home to 16 endangered black rhino, over 70 lion, countless buffalo, zebras, flamingos...the gang's all here.
30 stilted suites fit for royalty; full of antiques, beaded chandeliers, claw foot bathtubs, rain showers and floor to ceiling windows for the ultimate wow factor.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Designer: Chris Browne Architect: Silvio Rech
All food is included in their packages, and each day you're fed delicious, generous meals. Lunch is often served picnic-style in the crater.
Drinks are included too! Most guests mingle together for pre-dinner cocktails in the grand main room of the lodge. And there's always a chilled bottle of vino in the back of the safari truck.
No traditional minibar, but they do provide you with a stash of yummy snacks and spirits next to the fireplace in your room.
Yes. Very family friendly.
The high-high-end prices you'd expect for a once in a lifetime experience.
In the Area
Visit a nearby Massai Village
Loongoku Cultural Village, Ngorongoro, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Learn a traditional dance, get a tour of their handmade huts and buy some beautiful beaded pieces.
Enjoy the extras
Cultural Heritage Centre, Arusha, Tanzania
Organize wine sommelier sessions, african drumming or a banquet on the crater floor.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Neighborhood: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania