Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Rating – Budget

Located close to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Rhino Lodge offers a great base for exploring one of Africa’s incredible natural wonders.
Rhino Lodge has 24 guest rooms, all with a veranda overlooking a stretch of high montane forest. Each room features double or twin beds, with an optional third bed. They also each have their own en-suite with shower and are simply furnished with Maasai décor and a wood-burning stove, creating a cozy sleeping space to rest your head after safari.

The friendly local staff and generous African-inspired food, makes it one of our favourite budget choices when exploring the area. Some traditional Maasai dancing after dinner is a particular highlight and there is also the option for walking safaris on the rim.

Facilities

Double or triple rooms with showers, toilet, hand basin, wood-burning stove and veranda. There is also a restaurant and bar serving continental and traditional Tanzanian cuisine.

Activities

Games drives to Ngorongoro Crater, various guided walking/hiking routes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Maasai cultural activities.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Rating – Mid-range

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is perfectly perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, offering unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level. The lodge is built mainly from natural stone and wood, in keeping with its natural surroundings. The open-air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar affords panoramic views, giving you a true sense of how big the crater is.

The views can also be appreciated in each of its 80 rooms, which include twin and double rooms as well as one presidential suite and three junior suites. There are also interconnecting rooms designed for families. Each room is exquisitely decorated, offering a real sense of elegancy fit for a king and queen.

Facilities

Rhino Lodge Bar comes equipped with giant binoculars where it’s possible to view game on the crater floor. There is also a TV lounge, panoramic restaurant, boutique souvenir shop, well-stocked library, laundry and babysitting services (upon request) as well as a currency exchange service. The modern rooms are all en suite, with central heating and mosquito netting over the air vents.

Activities

Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, specialized ornithological safaris, photographic safaris, walks along the edge of the crater towards Lake Eyasi, and cultural excursions to local Maasai villages.

Ngorongoro Farm House

Rating – Mid-range

Ngorongoro Farm House provides guests with an authentic farm life experience, offering the perfect stop-off point for Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Great for families, the farm is fully functioning with pigs, sheep, and cows inhabiting the 500 acres of private farmland. The lodge itself offers 52 spacious cottages (49 are standard rooms and 3 are suites) built in the style of the old colonial farms and decorated rustically with local materials.

Much of the produce is sourced from their organic garden, so healthy eaters can be rest assured that all food served in their buffets is fresh. On arrival guests are greeted with welcome drinks and can relax during the day by the lodge’s swimming pool.

Facilities

A lounge area, restaurant and large terrace with views of Oldeani Volcano, swimming pool, massage room, souvenir shop. All rooms come equipped with mosquito nets, internal phone and room service. Internet is also available at this site.

Activities

Guided walks around Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Maasai led guided walks around the farm, cultural interaction with visits to the local village and school, nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park for game drives.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Rating – Luxury

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is a large yet comfortable hotel built onto the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Compared to other lodges, it has a unique appearance; cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, the building is a place that feels as ancient as the crater itself. The lodge has 75 rooms including a suite, twin, double and triple rooms and connecting rooms making it popular with families. Each rooms offers magnificent views over the crater from their individual rock-enclosed balconies.
The split-level rock-built dining and bar area features a wall of windows that look out on the constantly changing vistas of the crater. Menu choices include traditional Maasai fare as well as international cuisine. There is also the opportunity to done al fresco from a safari breakfast under an Acacia grove or a BBQ lunch by a hippo filled pool.

Facilities

75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies; dining room and bar with central fire; extensive viewing terraces; gift shop and business centre; Wi-Fi; tented conference centre; wedding and honeymoon venue; TV room; safe deposits, tea/coffee maker, radiator, telephone in rooms.

Activities

Game drives, guided hikes around the crater, bush walks, picnic lunches, crater breakfasts, barbeque lunches, sundowners, excursions to the nearby Oldavai Gorge, the ‘Birthplace of Humankind’ and a variety of cultural events.

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Rating – High luxury

A world-class safari location combined with award-winning accommodation and service, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is utterly special. Dubbed as the marriage between “Maasai and Versailles”, the lodge’s design draws together African textures – banana-leaf ceilings, mud brick, thatched-palm roofs – and ornate French baroque interiors that sparkle with gilt mirrors and beaded chandeliers. Many who come here find themselves drawn into a magical world that they don’t want to leave.

30 luxury suites are spread across three exclusive camps that all operate independently with private living and dining areas, whilst perfectly positioned viewing decks offer magnificent views of the crater and wildlife that visit the camp. A personal butler is also assigned to each suite at the lodge.

Facilities

Rooms with bath tubs and en-suite, lounge area, fireplaces, safes, viewing decks and Wi-Fi. There also a safari shop, wine store, private butler service and complimentary laundry. Each campsite also have a dining area, bar and pool.

Activities

Game drives, guided hikes around the crater, bush walks, picnic lunches, sundowners, excursions to the nearby Olduvai Gorge, the ‘Birthplace of Humankind’ and a variety of cultural events. There is a WILDChild programme with various activities for children of all ages and a family room with child-minders available. An in-room massage service and gym is also available.