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Located on the rim of the dramatic and breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge offers magnificent views over the world’s largest intact and unflooded caldera. The crater is a place of rare natural wonders, from its miraculous terrain to the abundant fauna and flora it supports, and it is more than worthy of its status as a World Heritage Site.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge boasts architecture as impressive as its setting. While the structural style evokes a traditional Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), the interiors and finishes are pure opulence. Chandelier-lit bathrooms, personal butler service and very fine dining give Ngorongoro Crater Lodge a richly deserved reputation for excellence.

The encircled grasslands of the crater floor offer excellent game viewing year-round with 25 000 large mammals, including black rhino, zebra and eland, and Africa’s densest population of lion. The rainforests of the crater walls are home to elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah, making for spectacular game viewing.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #2 of Top 10 Hotels in Tanzania
  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #5 of Top 25 Hotels in Africa
  •  World Travel Awards - Tanzania's Leading Safari Lodge 2012, 2013, 2015
  •  Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016 - #16 of Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Africa

highlights

  • Dramatic & breathtaking location
  • Impressive views over the Crater
  • Glamorous & opulent decor 
  • Excellent game viewing year-round 
  • Decadent bush picnics & fine dining
  • Exclusive & exceptional experience

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Facilities

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers a lavish and exclusive experience with excellent facilities.

When relaxing between game viewing activities, your only challenge is to choose the most perfect spot. Your suite’s private deck or the gorgeous communal lounge? Cocktails at the bar or soaking up the views from the main deck?

Its well-stocked shop is also well worth popping into for an Afro-chic memento or two.

General Facilities

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

Dining

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge serves delicious Pan-African cuisine in its dramatic, domed dining room. This communal area is truly sumptuous with its roaring fireplace, tables laden with crystal and silverware, and massive wooden serving platters. Meals may also be taken on the open-air dining deck to savour its fantastic views. On days spent game viewing in the crater, the kitchen packs a lovely picnic luncheon to be enjoyed in the bush.

Suite

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is made up of three separate camps: North and South Camps, each with 12 raised suites, and Tree Camp, offering a more intimate six suites.

North and South Camp’s luxurious suites offer incredible views, en suite bathrooms with chandelier-lit bathtubs and showers, as well as private viewing decks. Tree Camp’s suites are also beautifully decorated and spacious, with private viewing decks. All suites are discreetly tended by a personal butler.

Suite AMENITIES

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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Hairdryer
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    Safe in room
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    Telephone

Other Room Types

An interleading Suite is also available, for families or groups.

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drives
  • Scenic drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tours
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $1085 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $1715 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017 $1715 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017 $1085 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $1715 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $1085 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $1715 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite,Triple Suite Request a quote for rate detail

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

  • Crater Lodge is impressive and everyone helped plan the proposal, from Nic (lodge manager) to Ladislaus (South Camp manager) to Msisi (our amazing butler). Everything went smoothly, the location was unbeatable, the sundowners were delicious, the private dinner was lovely. Game viewing at the Crater is very impressive (we saw five rhino in one day).

    Pablo Harker, March 2016
  • The flight in is amazing. The views there are spectacular. Overall, a very good experience.

    Cindy Lee, September 2015
  • The Ngorongoro Crater Llodge was a magical place! It was pretty cold during our stay, so the fireplaces added a lot of charm!

    Silvana Cominelli, July 2015
  • I am not sure if there is a better location to stay around the Crater. The lodge's views are wonderful. Even in your toilet you can see the crater below with stunning view! But we are most impressed by its service. You return from your excursion and you see your bathtub full of warm water waiting for you. Your kid has a very delicious beefsteak, so you want one more small piece: you have a full sirloin, even more tasty! That is exactly what we have had in this lodge.Thanks, Nic ( the manager) and his team! One of the best hotel services we have ever been offered! Room tip: If you have kids, you'd better choose a room near the main reception/restaurant.

    Nguyen Hoang Son, May 2015
  • The Ngonogoro Crater Lodge was magnificent, well worth the money, an amazing place.

    Suzy Freeman, August 2014
  • I simply loved the &Beyond concept.. I have never stayed anywhere were the service and ambiance was made so personal... it was unbelievable., both at Ngorogoro and Serengeti. Everything was beautiful, the accommodations, the food, the surroundings. And the game drives could not have been better.. I really came back in love with both.

    Anton Cwu, July 2014
  • This place changed my life. Seriously. At one point in our three days there, I had the distinct feeling of having a sense of belonging to a much larger world. Humans, and especially Westerners, can forget that there's a whole, big, vast natural world out there. Feeling like a small speck in that greatness was humbling and powerful. I felt deeply appreciative of being able to be there, among all of that wilderness and beauty. This was, by far, my favorite stop, and will make all vacations from here on out very disappointing. Again, we were met with the warmth of Lake Manyara. There was a real sense of camaraderie at the camp, which was a tone set by the manager, Baraka. He was the most present of all of the managers we encountered. He was always there to say good morning. He was there at the end of every game drive to ask what we'd seen. He was at every campfire. As a result, guests had a tendency to congregate and chat, and we really appreciated that. The rooms were marvelous and comfortable. They felt luxurious and still like you were roughing it a little bit (the bucket shower, while warm and appreciated, was less than glamourous). :) We were spoiled by really being in the thick of things. On our first day, as we tried to take a nap, we were awoken by a loud mooing, only to find that the Great Migration was hanging out in front of our tent. We became accustomed to leaving the camp, driving 30 seconds and seeing zebras. Or knowing we were almost back at camp--just hang a right at the giraffes. I loved the food being prepared in front of us on the barrel fires. I cried went I left the Serengeti. What a magical thing to have been part of.

    Miranda Forster, February 2014
  • My wife and I spent 2 nights at this property. The rooms were phenomenal with plenty of room to relax and enjoy a romantic getaway. The staff was very good at accommodating you every need and surprising you with some great memories. One afternoon after a long and eventful safari we return to find our super butler provide us with a hot bath and Champaign to comfort our tired bodies. The guides are very knowledgeable and I must admit they have extraordinary eye site. I would highly recommend a stay at this &beyond property.

    Scott Wallum, November 2013
  • When we arrived at the Lake Manyara Airport, our next driver was there waiting for us with hot coffee, chocolate and a few homemade bickies. We waited for only a short time for another couple before we headed off to the Ngorongoro Crater. At this stage we really did not have any idea of how long the trip was. But the driver Henri gave us a little bit of information, but the drive itself was very interesting for us. On arrival at the Crater we were again welcomed by the staff who introduced themsleves with cold towels and a very nice drink. We were welcomed again by Irene the Manager and introduced to our Butler Nehmas at this time then shown to out rooms. We feel it is an understatement to say the rooms (and view) were fantastic. The room style being so eclectic and different to anything else we had experienced. The mixture of French and Maasai styles was so unique and interesting. Also that fact that William and Alice had one and we had one (not really sharing but was connected) was great. Our first meal on the balcony overlooking the Crater was spectacular.

    Dennis Hatcher, September 2013
  • Ngorogoro Crater Lodge was just great with location and quality of service. A once- in-a-lifetime experience.

    Laurence Pynenburg, April 2012

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Anja Naude

Anja Naude

Africa Safari Expert

"Fantastic and very unsual Lodge perched high on the crater rim with incedible views. This Lodge really has it all - incredible rooms, great service and fantastic food! Highly recommmended."

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The Ngorongoro Crater Llodge was a magical place! It was pretty cold during our stay, so the fireplaces added a lot of charm!

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