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Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

This must be one of the best value lodges in Tanzania. Part of the it is a former Park Warden's house, dating back to the 1950's. Wonderful hosting, simple, clean, good food and super, peaceful location. Ignore the fact that it does not overlook the Ngorongoro Crater itself - the forest views are beautiful and wildlife comes right up onto the lawns.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The rooms were pretty basic, but clean and adequate. The location was fantastic, very nice views, and the staff were lovely. Common areas were very nice. The price was very reasonable, especially for the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

If you look at the best value on the rim you of the crater , there are only 4 hotels you could choose from sopa, and beyond, Serena , rhino and safari.
Without any question rhino offers the best value, for approx 150 usd you get excellent dinner bed and breakfast. Rooms are modest and not pretentious , yet very clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed at the Rhino Lodge mainly because the lodges with a view overlooking the crater are so much more expensive but how glad we were that we chose this one. Its a place that I would recommend to anyone and would be more than happy to go back there again.

The staff , owners and all involved with the place as so accomodating and happy to talk to you at anytime of the day or night -- so friendly and enjoyed the banter. the site itself looks over the conservation area which is magical to just sit and stare and while away the time in the evening. The room had its own back patio which overlooked the jungle and right outside was a large famility of waterbuck.

The owners bring out strong torchlights after the meal and was lucky to see a bush pig (but sadly the photo was not good!!) -- the restaurant has a covered walkway oround it

Food was excellent and served in a large room heated by a central fireplace so even if it is cold outside, the place is very warm. Service was superb and so much of it -- there was no way you would be hungry.

Rooms are very confortable and havea night washroom with a lovely warm shower. You can have heatring on in the rooms if required but would think it could get very warm -- needless to say I did not.

I would recommend thsi place to anyone and hope to take my children back there one day.

Thanks to the owners and all the staff for making it an excellent stay.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

At first glance, I wasn't quite sure of this lodge. It grew on us and we were sad to leave after the second night. Two things were very special about this place: 1)The food was very good. 2)The animals were within arms distance of the lodge. Outside our back patio were 60 cape buffalo one early evening. It was spectacular to be sitting in a chair looking out at wildlife. SOOOO much fun. The downside is that the beds were big but pretty darn firm. The walls were very thin so we could hear our neighbors clearly. Basic and unique. Good to mix in with upgraded accommodations.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

2nd time here.extremely well located. Highlight was seeing a Bush Pig after dinner just off the deck. The view and proximity are far more appealing than lodges w crater views where I've stayed several times as animals come around here especially at night and usually one is gone all day. Food is very flavourful. Rooms are basic with a lovely wood burning stove as its quite cool at night.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Elkton, Maryland
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Look if your looking for the Holiday Inn Nogorongoro you shouldn't stay here. This place is awesome rustic. From the room fireplaces to the huge fireplace in the resturant you will feel like you are on a Safari. The showers are hot if you don't waste alot of water and the rooms well a little chilly untill they lite your fire place which will be warm until you get to sleep then prepare to be chilly again in the morning. The Lodge fireplace is a great place to meet fellow travelers and have a evening beer. You may even see some wildlife at night as we saw some water buffalo. Easy place to kick back and enjoy your life with a coffee or beer while just relaxing with your family.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Property: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge. And, on return after a long day, 24 comfortable en suite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome home. ... more   less 
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