andBeyond Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been called the game lodge at the top of the world. Between the natural riches of the Crater spread out at its feet and the incredible architecture, it’s easy to believe that you have entered a realm of pure fantasy.
Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque château that transports you into one of the most famous African landscapes. An eclectic blend of teak panelling, Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches creates a luxurious atmosphere that is as elegant and unique as the Crater itself. In this place of dramatic contrasts, anything is possible, and the natural luxury of the beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.
Only in Common Area
No Swimming Pool
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided into three camps – North, South and Tree Camp. North and South are identical, while Tree Camp has slightly smaller guest rooms. Maasai manyatta (homestead) meets baronial manor in the architecture and furnishings throughout, creating a luxurious yet homely atmosphere. Each camp has its own communal area (the one at Tree Camp is built around a gigantic tree; at South Camp it's quirky), and all offer panoramic views of the crater.
The three camps encompass 30 stand-alone rooms, all extravagantly decorated in both engaging and comfortable style. All have a fireplace, a sitting area, a balcony with big views and an en-suite bathroom with two basins, a shower and a bathtub that is filled with hot water and strewn with rose petals every evening by your personal butler. You will be escorted to and from your room at night and early in the morning, for (animal) safety reasons.
The lodge is one of the only ones in the area with a view of the crater floor, and it's spectacular in every sense of the word. Gaze at the sprawling vistas from just about every spot in camp - including the bathrooms!
The decor style has many fantastic elements that make this a standout lodge but might not be entire to everyone's taste.