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Crater Forest Tented Lodge
Reviewed 30 August 2009

Overall the hotel is pretty good but our agency sold it to us as an upgrade. In the end we didn't think it was worth the extra money as the service was comparable to the other lodges we stayed at.
The track to the hotel is long and very bumpy but is pretty scenic and crosses coffee fields.
The room was really nicely decorated with a cute little fireplace which we used as the night was a little chilly. Very romantic. The shower was a little basic but OK. There was a deck in front of our room but unfortunately no view (unlike what the agency sold us).
The restaurant area is lit by storm lamps which makes it a little dark but give it a real camp atmosphere. We enjoyed the fireplace there. Dinner was good. Breakfast wasn't as good as at other lodges (no buffet, small portions served at the table).

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2009

We stayed two nights in crater forest tented lodge in early August 2009.
Actually we were about to overnight in serena at crater rim, but eventually after 30min very very bumpy drive we arrived at a place which turned out to be definitely of the best locations we stayed in Kenya and Tanzania, even if without the crater view we had hoped for.
Crater forest tented lodge comprises of approx 10 luxurious tents with hot water and electricity, as well as dinning and leisure tents, and romantic fireplace outside where you can observe stars at night in an unforgettable atmosphere having gin and tonic or any other drink.
During evenings we truly enjoyed romantic candle dinners, fire at night in the tent lit by friendly Masai as well as early morning coffee and tea served to our tent.
Get some warm clothes as it might get quite chili at night and simply enjoy your stay there!
An absolutely amazing place to stay during honeymoon tour.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LSJGMXNET
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

Very “African” atmosphere, nice location in the middle of coffee plantation. We enjoyed watching a group of elephants on the other side of the valley. Massais protect the lodge from buffles and other natural “invaders”. The night was quite cold, so you will get a fire ready in your tent when coming back from your diner. Very nice food, the soup was superb, you can ask for more if you like it. The night was rather noisy; you will hear lot of animals.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

A beautifully run camp on the edge of the Ngorongoro forest. Service was excellent, friendly and efficient. Tents were spacious and comfortable. Each has its own coal burning fire and lovely hot shower. The decor was charming.

Wild elephants grazed amongst the trees in front of our porch and the sounds of the forest at dusk were truly magical.

The food was inventive and plentiful and better than anything else we had in the area.

The only disadvantage is the distance of the lodge from the main road: twenty minutes down a rough single track. If you are going to use this camp as a base for exploring the crater this could be annoying. That said, the surrounding scenary that you drive through is beautiful. Once on the main road you are very close to the park entrance.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank DubaiPenguin
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Reviewed 11 November 2014
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  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with family
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Thank 123corina
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Reviewed 17 July 2014
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Crater Forest Tented Lodge

Address: on Kirin Coffee Estate, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ranked #34 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range: £182 - £257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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Crater Forest Tented Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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