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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. It lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres of pristine African wilderness.

Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps with 30 Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village. Set in classic crescents, each stone and thatch suite has spectacular views of the crater from large glass windows in the bathroom, lounge and bedroom, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor.

North and South Camp have 12 suites each, while intimate Tree Camp has six suites. All have an en-suite bathroom and chandelier-lit bath-tub and shower. Each sumptuous suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your enjoyment.

Each of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge's exclusive camps operates independently. They each have a central living area and viewing decks overlooking the awesome crater. African nights are lit by the large fire bowls that flank the entrance to each of the living and dining areas. There is a communal safari shop and gallery. African artefacts and clothing are on sale at the gallery/Maasai Market.

The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, makes every meal a special occasion. Delicious Pan-African cuisine may also be enjoyed on the outdoor dining deck.

Activities at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge include thrilling daily game drives in closed Land Rovers with pop up roofs into the crater (half day and full day). Game and bird viewing opportunities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are exceptional. Guided walking safaris follow a dramatic route, skirting the rim of the crater and are an optional extra.

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