Amy Risley

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Tanzania

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    Part three of an epic African adventure

  • When

    June 2014

  • Who

    Me and my safari sister Erica

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.

: 47/50
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  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Safari Lodge

  • Vibe

    An opulent romance-meets-adventure safari fantasy.

  • Location

    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.

  • Rooms

    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.

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    1997

  • Designed By

    Designer: Chris Browne Architect: Silvio Rech

  • Pool/Gym

    Not necessary!

  • Restaurant

    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.

  • Bar

    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.

  • Minibar

    No traditional minibar, but they do provide you with a stash of yummy snacks and spirits next to the fireplace in your room.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    Yes. Very family friendly.

  • Price

    The high-high-end prices you'd expect for a once in a lifetime experience.

In the Area

Learn a traditional dance, get a tour of their handmade huts and buy some beautiful beaded pieces.

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.

Organize wine sommelier sessions, african drumming or a banquet on the crater floor.

Enjoy the extras

Cultural Heritage Centre, Arusha, Tanzania

Organize wine sommelier sessions, african drumming or a banquet on the crater floor.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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