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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.


  • Dramatic and breathtaking location
  • Impressive views over Ngorongoro Crater
  • Glamorous and opulent decor: chandeliers, antiques and Persian carpets
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing year-round
  • Decadent bush picnics and fine dining with superb wines
  • Exclusive and exceptional experience for discerning travellers


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Spa treatments
  • Sundowners
  • Wine tasting
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.
Anja Naude

Anja Naude

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Family Suite

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


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.


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.


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.

General facilities

  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Wi-fi available
  • Laundry service
  • Beauty or wellness therapist


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2022-09-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,950
2022-10-01 — 2022-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,300
2022-11-01 — 2022-12-20 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,160
2022-12-21 — 2023-01-10 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $1,950

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

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Traveller Reviews

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Pablo Harker

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 priv ate dinner was lovely. Game viewing at the Crater is very impressive (we saw five rhino in one day).
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Cindy Lee

"The flight in is amazing. The views there are spectacular. Overall, a very good experience."

Silvana Cominelli

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

Nguyen Hoang Son

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.
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Suzy Freeman

"The Ngonogoro Crater Lodge was magnificent, well worth the money, an amazing place."

Anton Cwu

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.
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Miranda Forster

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.
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Scott Wallum

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.
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Dennis Hatcher

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 s tage 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.
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Laurence Pynenburg

"Ngorogoro Crater Lodge was just great with location and quality of service. A once- in-a-lifetime experience."

Hulya Taneri

"Lake Manyara tree lodge , Ngorngoro Crater lodge , Faru Faru makes u think - "can it get better?" - I don't think so!!! EXCELLENT service, food, wonderfull lodge - lots of smiles we were pampered like crazy."

Matt Lawson

"Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - accomodation and service was great."

Gary Ritz

"We really enjoyed the accommodations and it was very fascinating to see the crater and go down it to see the animals. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to us."

Debbie Ross

"The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge was the most posh and luxurious of all of our lodges. The views were grand and the accommodations were beyond our expectations - special, unique and well-appointed."

Jennifer Compton

Ngongorogo Crater Lodge was everything we'd expected - magnificent! The view over the crater and our 'mud huts' were just to die for. The staff packed a picnic lunch for us for our day in the crater, which was the best day of our trip and a wonderfu l way to end our safari.
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Dana Hsiao

"Lodge is very pretty and staff were very friendly. They did a superb job surprising my little sister with a cake and flowers for her birthday."

Greg Cervelli

"The rooms were great, the service was top notch and the food was outstanding."

Jens-Ole Koch

The crater of Norongoro was impressive by it mere size and morphology and the change of microclimate from close to rain forest on the slopes and edge of the crater to normal dry savanna down in the crater bottom 600m deeper. Also the large flocks of zebras, wilderbeasts and elefants were impressive. Here we also saw our only sighting of the black rhino and a lot of hippos having fun in some water holes.
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John Kollar

"The best accommodations were Ngorogoro crater, simply amazing. The crater was also the best game viewing of the trip."

Ana Roberto

"The thing that I loved the most was the Ngorongoro Crater. It is unique."

Bernice Boshoff

"The staff throughout were superb."

Clive Gande

"Was astounding and we even got the honeymoon suite!"

Stefan Hutton

"Certainly somewhere that must be visited. It is quite spectacular and I think we were there for the perfect amount of time."

Panchali Dhar

"I had a great time in the crater. The Crater Lodge is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been."

Sandra Hamel

"With regards to Crater Lodge - heaven on earth. The staff couldn't do enough for us. Wonderful facility! We will look to visit it again."

Talal Alnafisi

"Ngorongora Crater Lodge was wonderful and the crater was awesome!"

Mike Rengel

"Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is so over the top, it is surreal."

Stephen O' Donnell

"Excellent! Best stay in the whole lot. Picture-postcard stuff. Highly recommend!"

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