&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Where Maasai meets Versailles, themed in romance, on the rim of Ngorongoro’s ancient caldera

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Location

In the Ngorongoro Conservation area

Access to our lodge:
Situated on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater with unbeatable views Daily flights to Lake Manyara airstrip – approximately 1½ hours drive to the lodge in a closed vehicle

Highlights

SAFARI GAME DRIVE

Big Five and iconic wildlife encounters

CULTURAL VISITS

Interact with the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes and step back in time at Olduvai Gorge

WALKS AND HIKES

An array of activities depending on fitness and interest

CRATER FLOOR BANQUET

Dine in one of the most unique settings in Africa

LION
IMPACT

Interact with the KopeLion conservation team

Accommodation

LUXURIOUS SUITES

26 Suites

SPACIOUS FAMILY SUITE

One Family Suite

PRIVATE BUTLER

Private butlers to take care of your every whim

WELCOMING CHILD POLICY

All ages welcome, introduce children to the bush early

WILDCHILD PROGRAMME

Fun, interactive activities to discover new experiences and cultures

Amenities

IN-ROOM MASSAGE

Tranquil holistic massages in the quiet of your room

SIGNITURE SHOP

Discover stunning tanzanite jewellery of blue and violet hues and handcrafted items

BEAUTIFUL WINE STORE

Wine store offers an elegant setting for dinner

WIFI
AVAILABLE

Connect with the outside world with network throughout

SWAROVSKI BINOCULARS

Complimentary use for the duration of your safari

Rates

SUITE

2020: JANUARY - DECEMBER
From USD 1,115 per person per night

FAMILY SUITE

2020: JANUARY - DECEMBER
From USD 3,905 per family suite per night

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Welcome to Ngorongoro 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.

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.

Why we love it

STEEPED IN ROMANCE

Watch and listen to the chant of Maasai warriors, overlooking the game-rich Crater as the sun goes down, or enjoy a wine tasting in the wine store. Personal butlers discretely cater for each guest’s every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing bubble baths.

ACTIVE AND CULTURE BUFFS

This area is steeped in history, culture and diversity. Indulge in a feast at a private picnic spot on the Crater floor. Put on your hiking boots for three amazing hikes; spend a morning with the Hadzabe people; visit the cradle of mankind at Olduvai Gorge or indulge in a massage.

COALFACE OF LION CONSERVATION

Interact with the KopeLion conservation team to get a deeper understanding of their day to day operations and what it is really like for the Maasai to live side by side with wildlife. Discover how these conservationists are fostering lion-people coexistence.

THAT MAGNIFICENT VIEW…

Lodge experiences at Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera, are designed to ensure you soak up the spectacular views. Watch the sunset to the chant of the Maasai, swathed in bright red shukkas (traditional fabric), or soak in your bathtub.

Going Beyond the Expected

Go ‘Beyond the Expected’ with a safari theatre experience. Led by our experienced guides, enjoy a morning bush cappuccino rendezvous and evening sundowner stop on your game drives, as well as a complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars, for your use during your stay with us.

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