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andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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#3 of 16 lodges in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Rates from USD 1,115 per person per night. 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. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, male lion stalk the grasslands and flamingo crowd the soda lakes. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque châteaux 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 sumptuous 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. Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. With ever-changing views as mists swirl over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking. Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at this lodge. Everything is chosen to delight the imagination and enhance the spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings.
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Park View
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Afrikaans

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Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
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happy p wrote a review 11 Apr
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Everything about this place is marvellous, the view the food and service. This place gives you this expensive and classy feeling ever. You will love this place even more in the night because of their setting of fire and candles,as the weather gets cooler
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Date of stay: July 2023
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LaBu wrote a review Aug 2022
San Francisco, California240 contributions166 helpful votes
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The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is famed for its “Versailles meets Masai” décor, and it is indeed over the top. We felt as if we were inside the castle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” We wouldn’t want every safari camp in Africa to look this way, but as a once in a lifetime experience, it was a hoot. Our chalet was huge, with multiple zones and innumerable, nooks, crannies, tables, desks, seating areas, and display shelves. But since the interior was designed to be sparsely lit, we couldn’t really appreciate everything. The service at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is also over the top. Like every other guest, we had our own private butler — in our case, KK, a smooth and friendly professional — who served all our meals. For our day on the crater floor, the staff prepared a magnificent picnic lunch, which they were able to set up in a private picnic area away from the very crowded public area. It was a magical experience. We were surprised by how cold it was on the crater rim — in August! Our chalet was not heated, but there was a fireplace, which the staff lit, and fortunately the bed came equipped with an electric blanket. The crater itself is a spectacular geologic wonder. But to be honest, we found game viewing on the crater floor disappointing. Vehicles couldn’t go offroad, and anytime an interesting animal appeared, it was immediately surrounded by dozens of Land Cruisers. The Crater Lodge is itself a kind of game reserve. While we were there, zebras were always munching on the lawn. And one night a Cape Buffalo planted itself just outside our chalet.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Odyssée_91 wrote a review Mar 2024
New York City, New York4 contributions
Amazing lodge! I can’t put into words how incredible and special this place is. From the moment we arrived, we felt right at home. The entire staff was incredibly kind, hospitable, attentive and welcoming. In particular, Safari enriched and augmented our experience every step of the way, always going above and beyond. In addition, the chef, Edgar, created a new delicious menu every day. All the food was amazing! The lodge itself is stunning, with truly breathtaking views as a backdrop. Our bedroom was beautiful and very spacious. The common areas were equally stunning, with amazing areas to unwind and relax after your game drive. It is the perfect location to explore the Crater. Highly recommend this wonderful lodge!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Carsten S wrote a review Mar 2024
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This Lodge must be one of the finest in the World (my wife and I have travelled to approx. 80 countries). Absolutely impeccable service by all staff members. Sublime location. Exquisite dining. Splendidly squeaking, wooden floors under bare feet in room. Wonderful "rose petal bath" in room. Roaming buffalos on the night path to room. View from the toilet seat in a class of its own. Nice with fire in the room stove each evening. Competent guides, if game drives are your wish -- we are more inclined to birds and butterflies. All in all: a most rewarding four days. Kind regards Carsten Schou
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Barbara C wrote a review Jan 2024
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Excellent accommodations, I mean incredible! Staff was amazing, (especially Alex). Could not possibly be better! Recommend to everyone. Masai wariors were a plus! Cuisine, wine, atmosphere, OMG! And the safari guides excellent. Can't think of a single negative thing, honestly. Service was superlative.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Aliza wrote a review Dec 2023
Livingston, New Jersey27 contributions
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From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed by the entire staff. Albin, the Treehouse general manager, got us settled and introduced us to our butler George as well as the rest of the incredible staff that make this lodge so spectacular. Our room was perfectly situated just up from the dining area. The room had a feeling of being in a tree house, but with the comforts of home….a fireplace, beautiful deck overlooking the crater, a dressing area and bath tub (that was filled for us with rose petals nightly), an incredible shower and separate toilet area. The food was top notch, with service to match. Our butler George knew every one of our likes and dislikes, as well as our “food challenges”. They never balked when we simply wanted fruit for dessert. Our morning experience with the Masai people in their village is something we will always remember. They invited us into their home, they sang and danced for us and showed us how they live. This was all coordinated through the hotel and it is something that should not be missed. Our guide Temu was always happy and full of knowledge. He knew exactly what we wanted to see and knew how to find it.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Tip: if you are someone who struggles with hills and/or steps, request to stay in the North or...
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Anand K wrote a review Dec 2023
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Wonderfully constructed and designed lodge. Quirky architecture and appointments that worked. Service was simply outstanding - staff looked after our every need and were exceptionally kind. Only small critique would be food - was not bad, but a slight tick down from other safari lodges we experienced on this trip.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Esther B wrote a review Nov 2023
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This lodge is amazing! The room was beautiful and the whole staff was outstanding. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the staff with a welcoming song. Our guide Kitoi was amazing, spent the whole day in the crater and had a delicious breakfast and lunch in the bush. The food is extremely good. Our butler, Dennis and housekeeper Kilatya were also amazing. They made sure to take care of anything we needed, coming back from a full day at the crater we came to our room to find the beautiful tub ready to go with thousands of rose petals, it was very romantic. Highly recommend this lodge! To the whole staff, Asante Sana!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Sergey L wrote a review Nov 2023
Moscow, Russia51 contributions26 helpful votes
The best lodge in Tanzania. Fantastic view from the top of the mountain, a very comfortable suits with authentic decorations and fine dining. We were here with my wife in November 2023 and both were very charmed by this hotel. Definitely ecommended!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dana A wrote a review Oct 2023
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This was our last stop on our trip to Kenya and Tanzania, and a perfect bookend to the journey. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is luxury all the way and the views of the vast crater are phenomenal. Noel took us on a game drive for most of the day we spent there and we saw flamingos -- a box we had not yet ticked -- and what a beautiful pink sight along the shores of Lake Magadi at the bottom of the crater! We also managed to catch a couple rinos in the distance and loads of antelope, elephant, hippos, wildebeest, zebra, rare white pelicans and a python (!!!). The food is 5* and the rooms so so comfortable. At night, the Cape Buffalo come right up to the lawns at the Lodge and graze. We loved it! A fairytale ending.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: You need at least one day here -- entirely worth it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a fireplace, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.