Ngorogoro Crater Safari Lodges and Campsites

Luxury Ngorongoro lodges

Ngorongoro Serena safari lodge (Luxury game lodge – Ngorongoro crater rim)

Location

1Perched on the rim of the crater, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a unique blend of world-class luxury, timeless volcanic splendour and ethnic style. Sensitively constructed, so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording stunning views of the crater below. The clustered boulder-built buildings of the lodge are all linked by rope-lashed timber walkways offering some beautiful views of the crater below.

Lodge and rooms

Strung around the crater rim, the lodge offers 75 rooms, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors and Maasai carvings. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and enjoy uninterrupted views over the Crater. The rooms all have en-suite facilities with a walk in wardrobe, hairdryers and central heating facilities to help alleviate those cold winter nights on the crater rim.

The interior of the rest of the lodge is lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved Maasai artefacts. Other facilities include a Maasai-inspired split-level dining and bar area, looking down on to the crater below, and a traditional circular fireside meeting area. The atmosphere is relaxed and candle-lit whilst the menu choices include traditional Maasai fare, long-time safari favourites and internationally themed menus.

Facilities2

  • Rock built dining room and bar with central fire.
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Swimming pool.
  • Telephone & Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Gift shop and business centre
  • TV room with satellite TV.
  • Cultural dance and music
  • 24 hour on call medical services
  • Full housekeeping services (laundry, babysitting, children’s menus and dining and shoeshine) plus hairdryers and telephones in all rooms.
  • Forex exchange and safety deposit box available at reception
  • Massage services, guided nature walks, circle hike.
  • Extensively stocked Africana Gift Shop.

Ngorongoro Sopa lodge (Luxury game lodge)

Location

3Spread out along the uppermost, eastern rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. Many mature indigenous trees surround the Lodge, which is constructed in rondavel style under cedar-shingled roofs. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted sunset views.

Lodge and rooms

All of the 91 double bedrooms are very spacious, each with two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass fronted veranda, where you may enjoy a private view of the crater. Each room enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, central heating, mini bar, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer, as well as a private solarium which offers stunning views.

Facilities

  • Coffee bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephone at the reception
  • Satellite television and wildlife-videos.
  • Internet cafe
  • Electrical generator provide 240 volts.
  • Laundry and baby sitters.
  • Gift shop.
  • Conference facilities.

Ngorongoro standard game lodges

Ngorongoro Farmhouse (Standard game lodge located 5km from the Lolduare gate)

Location

4A small and exclusive lodge, facing the Oldeani Volcano, and only 5km from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. Ngorongoro Farmhouse is located on a 500 acre coffee farm, the perfect stopover on a Northern Circuit safari of Tanzania.

Lodge and rooms

A small and exclusive lodge, facing the Oldeani Volcano, and only 5km from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. Ngorongoro Farmhouse is located on a 500 acre coffee farm, the perfect stopover on a Northern Circuit safari of Tanzania.

Facilities

  • Welcome drink on arrival.
  • Restaurant and loungs
  • Viewing deck
  • Swimming pool.
  • Cell phone reception.
  • Internet.

Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge (Standard game lodge – Ngorongoro Crater rim)

Location

7The lodge is perched on the rim of the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater. It is built mainly from natural stone, local wood and timber. The panoramic windows encompass a superb view of the 311 sq. km crater teeming with wildlife.

Lodge and rooms

This breathtaking view awaits visitors from the lodges’ scenic terrace and 80 rooms. The lodge offers good quality services, a restaurant, bar, and simple yet comfortable guestrooms fitted with en suite bathrooms and central heating. The large dining area and lobby features a dramatic wall of giant windows, through which the entire crater floor can be viewed.

Facilities

  • Panoramic restaurant
  • Lounge bar
  • Gift shop
  • TV lounge with satellite TV
  • Well stocked library
  • Housekeeping services including laundry and babysitting
  • Telephone and radio
  • Currency exchange service

Ndutu Lodge (Standard game lodge – located on border between Ngorongoro & Serengeti)

Location

8This lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but it borders the Serengeti National Park. Placed in attractive acacia woodland, it is surrounded by the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. The lodge overlooks Lake Ndutu, which is a favourite water spot for numerous herds of game and is a centre point during the migration of wildebeest to the central Serengeti. The grasslands around the lodge are kept short so you have great views of migrating herds and at night you can sit around a campfire and enjoy the sounds of animals, which are very nearby.

Lodge and rooms

There are 34 stone cottages, all built in a line, facing Lake Ndutu. The rooms are quaint but they are very comfortable and well maintained. Each room has en-suite facilities and a front veranda where you can sit and enjoy the view. The decor is simple with extremely comfortable pine beds and tables.

Facilities

  • Restaurant and bar.
  • Camp-fire
  • Laundry service
  • Telephone, fax, email and internet access
  • Gift shop
  • Electricity by generator from 5:30 – 13:00 and 18:00 to 23:30 daily

Ngorongoro adventure camping

Simba campsite

Location

9Simba is the Conservation Area authority’s only campsite on the crater rim and it is situated on the south-western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater about 2 km from the crater village. It has pit (long-drop) toilets and hot water showers (heated by wood fires) and firewood for sale. The views of the crater are only a short walk away and are absolutely stunning.

Wild animals frequent the rim woodlands, and you should move with caution. It is possible to visit the lodge bars and restaurants after dark, but drive with caution, as many animals move through the area at night. The campsite can become fairly cold (from an African perspective) and sometimes noisy at night.