Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, and its natural stone and ivy-covered walls blends in with its surroundings. The lodge has taken the cave paintings of Olduvai Gorge as its main décor inspiration, with all the interiors filled with African artifacts and frescos.

Enjoy game drives on the crater floor - home to an impressive wildlife and birdlife - or enjoy a guided hike with a picnic across the Serengeti plains or among the nearby volcanic mountains of the Crater Highlands.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge also offers historical and cultural tours to nearby Olduvai Gorge - the site of one of the most interesting palaeolithic finds in recent history - or to one of the local Maasai villages to meet the community.

After a long day you can enjoy a herbal massage at the lodge, browse the African wildlife library, or simply sit with a drink and enjoy the sunset over the crater.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #25 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015


  • Fantastic view, situated on the Crater rim
  • Catch the sunrise over the Crater
  • Excellent big game viewing
  • Guided nature walks 
  • Nightly maasai dance & wildlife talk
  • Comfortable, friendly staff & good food

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The quirky lounge and bar area are arranged around a constantly burning central fireplace and open onto verandas with lush garden views.

Cool off while gazing at the never-ending view from the lodge’s incredible rim-flow swimming pool.

Keep in touch in the lodge’s business centre or with their Wi-Fi facilities. Buy a gift for those at home in the small curio shop.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Computer facilities
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


The Maasai-inspired, split-level dining and bar area features a 2-tier wall of windows so while enjoying your meal you can look down onto the constantly changing vistas of the crater below.

The atmosphere is relaxed and candle-lit whilst the menu choices include traditional Maasai fare, as well as international cuisine.

The lodge provides you with many opportunities to dine al fresco; from a full safari breakfast under an Acacia grove to a barbecue lunch by a hippo-filled pool. Sunset is a magical time of day and sudowners high on the Caldera Rim is an experience not to be missed.

Twin Chalet

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge has 75 rooms, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony with views of the crater floor.

The rooms are decorated with brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors and Maasai carvings. All rooms are centrally heated and have en-suite shower facilities.


    24-hour room service
    Safe in room
    Wi-fi available in room
    En-suite shower only

Other Room Types

The spacious Kimba Suite features a sitting room with a mini-bar and multi-channel tv. Additional features include a dressing room and complimentary fruit and wine.


  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Cultural tours
  • Cooking lessons
  • Jogging trails
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $435 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017 $315 Full Board
  • 22 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $435 Full Board
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $435 Full Board
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $315 Full Board
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018 $185 Full Board
  • 01 Jun 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $435 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018 $315 Full Board
  • 22 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $435 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Well designed accommodation. An excellent guide and plenty to see. Impressive & varied evening entertainment.

    Patrick Child, August 2014
  • Ngorongoro Serena Lodge – After lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, we headed to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. When we entered the crater rim it was dirt narrow roads with trees all around. And then there was a clearing which gave us our first glimpse of the crater. It was spectacular! We arrived at the lodge and again the views were amazing! Our first room had a tree blocking our view but thankfully the place was not full so they moved us to a room with an unobstructed view. The view at night with a full moon was amazing and at sunrise it was even more gorgeous. The rooms were clean and nice. The décor was very safari theme and would not be our choice of style but we are not complaining because it was very clean and had a wonderful view. We would stay here again for the cleanliness and view alone. The surrounding property was also very nice and clean. You were right on the food, the salads were very fresh and the food was very good!

    Dianne Gali, May 2013
  • Ngorongoro just amazing and to us the best - we saw the Big 5 in no time at all and the bottom of the crater is just so diverse. We had an afternoon storm come through and you could smell the rain wetting the dry soils. It was so intense. Top spot and lodge our favourite as well.

    Neil Burnell, April 2012
  • The Serena at Ngorongoro Crater was quite nice.

    Bob Atwell, March 2011
  • Really nice. They were beyond our expectations. We have very nice memories from our trip and many fun anecdotes. Ngorongoro for the lions. It was a dream come true.

    Nilda Colon, September 2010
  • We also loved the accomodations. They were beautiful, both the lodges themselves and the locations.

    Kathleen Dianne Speaks, September 2010
  • Ngorongoro Serena was a large place also but the position over looking the crater made up for the size. Staff were friendly & food & service good.

    Avalon Lister, September 2010
  • I thought their rooms, food, service and entertainment were just the right touch to introduce us to Africa.

    Malcolm Irving, January 2009
  • Just got back from our trip. What a wonderful experience - the Serena Experience was just amazing - enjoyed the Lodge at the Crater

    Audrey Lobo, January 2008
  • Our highlight of the 2 counties visited was Tanzania, where we found the people very welcoming and the scenery hard to match. We had an excellent travel guide who provided both insight into all aspects of Tanzania from it's people, culture, animal and plant life. We felt very secure in his ability to move us safely from one area to the next. Accommodations where better than expected. We especially enjoyed Ngorongoro Crater.

    William Strain, January 2008

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"Highly recommended for epic and simply spectacular views over the Crater complemented by comfortable rooms and friendly service."



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Ngorongoro just amazing and to us the best - we saw the Big 5 in no time at all and the bottom of the crater is just so diverse. We had an afternoon storm come through and you could smell the rain wetting the dry soils. It was so intense. Top spot and lodge our favourite as well.

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