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
SAFARI GAME DRIVE
Big Five and iconic wildlife encounters
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
Interact with the KopeLion conservation team
SPACIOUS FAMILY SUITE
One Family Suite
Private butlers to take care of your every whim
WELCOMING CHILD POLICY
All ages welcome, introduce children to the bush early
Fun, interactive activities to discover new experiences and cultures
Tranquil holistic massages in the quiet of your room
Discover stunning tanzanite jewellery of blue and violet hues and handcrafted items
BEAUTIFUL WINE STORE
Wine store offers an elegant setting for dinner
Connect with the outside world with network throughout
Complimentary use for the duration of your safari
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.
TAILORMAKE YOUR STAY
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