The Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, so it’s only fitting for the andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to be dubbed the “Game Lodge at the Top of the World”. This lodge is recognized as one of the best lodges on the continent, renowned for its luxury and exceptional service. The bespoke luxury provided at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, coupled with the ever-changing seasonal experiences, makes the Ngorongoro Crater an excellent year-round destination. Whether you are the romantics looking for a wildly lovey-dovey getaway, the first time safari-goers looking for an abundance of wildlife sightings, or a family wanting to experience the adventure of Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge will deliver beyond your conceivable imagination.

Location

Why stay at the andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for my Tanzanian safari experience?

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of the most spectacular safari lodges in Africa. Perched above cool, misty slopes on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the caldera and wildlife below. You will find endangered black rhinos within its rim, giant tusked elephants wandering the forests, and black-maned lions hunting for their next prey. If you time your stay just perfectly, you will even have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Great Migration.

Key Facts

  • the lodge rests on the world’s largest intact caldera, formed several million years ago as a result of a massive volcano erupting and collapsing in on itself
  • from November to May, flamingos can be seen on the soda lake in the crater
  • the drive from the airport to the lodge takes approximately 1.5 hours in a closed game viewing vehicle

What is special?

  • explore the lodge grounds on foot with a naturalist guide as you revel in the sightings of rich wildlife, including the rare black rhino, tusked elephants, hyenas and lions and learn of the various flora surrounding you
  • get a close-up-and-personal experience of the Great Migration when visiting in the months of January to March, as herds begin calving and moving to the surrounding area
  • discover Acacia woodlands, lush forests, and open grasslands as you wander through the Western rim of the crater

What do the guests say?

  • being directly located at the rim of the crater, the views left the guests absolutely speechless
  • visitors loved that the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is the perfect location for drives down to the crater floor
  • the bucketlist-worthy lodge has guests raving about how magical it is for an adventurous family holiday

Accommodation

How are the private quarters at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge? Will I have views of the crater from my room?

Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is where Maasai meets Versailles. Divided into three camps, the North and South Camps are set slightly higher up than the Tree Camp and offer a more opulent and boudoir feel. The Tree Camp sits right along the edge of the crater and boasts a rustic, homey feel. Each camp aims to ignite the imagination and offer spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings.

Key Facts

  • the lodge consists of three camps, North, South and Tree, with a total of 30 lavish rooms
  • all suites feature an en-suite bathroom and chandelier-lit bathtub and shower
  • spectacular crater views can be enjoyed from everywhere in the suites, including the bathroom

What is special?

  • feel like royalty as you retreat to your luxurious suite sumptuously furnished with brocade sofas, rich raw silk curtains, hand-beaded chandeliers, and gilt mirrors
  • enjoy the bespoke service of your personal butler, who provides personalized and anticipatory attention to your needs; such as, drawing you a hot bath laden with rose petals, ready for your enjoyment
  • recount and relive the magic of your day as you nestle in front of the cozy fireplace in your suite

What do the guests say?

  • the little touches such as heated mattress pads for the cool nights made guests feel extra comfortable during their stay
  • guests loved the impeccable service and that no request ever seemed too big or too small
  • balconies looking out to the crater are one of the top features travelers enjoyed most  

Culinary

How is the cuisine at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge? What type of dining experience can I expect?

Ngorongoro’s natural setting and lavish décor set the perfect backdrop for a variety of unforgettable culinary experiences. World-class chefs offer local specialties and pan-African cuisine; as well as, international classics. Enjoy a picnic on the crater floor or evening cocktails while enjoying a traditional performance. Whether you opt for a private, intimate dinner in your suite, an elegant dinner in the opulent dining area, or dining outside, with unrivaled views of the crater in front – all will be a memory not forgotten!

Key Facts

  • each camp features its own restaurant, complete with Pan-African cuisine and roaring fireplaces
  • three meals daily, along with house wines and a variety of other beverages, are included in the rate of the room
  • in-room dining and romantic private dining options can be arranged for special occasions or just because

What is special?

  • indulge in a gourmet private picnic lunch on the crater floor as the scenic landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater and herds of zebras, hippos and elephants serve as the backdrop of a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • book a champagne tasting or private five-course dinner with wine pairings in the atmospheric wine cellar
  • feast on the open-air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar where soul-awakening views of the crater will leave you speechless

What do the guests say?

  • guests were amazed by the amount of zebras and buffalos spotted while being escorted from their lodge to the restaurant during early mornings and late evenings
  • travelers found the restaurant terrace to be a great place to relax, have a drink and interchange experiences of the day’s safaris with other travelers
  • with its spectacular views, guests felt like the restaurant was something out of a movie set

Activities

How can I spend my days in Tanzania? What types of animals will I see?

The andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers a host of activities that will keep you busy during your stay. Experience the exhilarating thrill of action-filled game drives as you traverse the floor of the ancient crater. Take a step back in time with the Hadzabe bushmen and learn their time-honored hunter-gather traditions and cultures. Wander between the camps, discovering various species of plants and wildlife along the way, or pop in to the Olduvai Museum to get a history lesson. If you are looking for a more peaceful way to relax, you can opt for a soothing in-room spa treatment. From relaxation to adventure, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge will exceed all expectations.

Key Facts

  • guests can choose between three walking safaris, ranging from a few hours to full-day experiences
  • tailormade tours are available ranging from 8 to 12 days, exploring the treasures of Tanzania and East Africa
  • the WILDChild program is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities for kids to learn, make unforgettable experiences and get to know new cultures

What is special?

  • descend into the crater on an exhilarating game drive where you will discover thousands of animals inhabiting the crater floor, including the Big Five
  • be touched by the spirit of Africa as you experience the traditional chants and songs of Maasai warriors as they welcome you into their villages and entertain you with traditional songs that have been passed down for generations
  • explore the famous archeological site Olduvai Gorge, also known as the Cradle of Mankind, where the earliest existence of human remains was discovered

What do the guests say?

  • having safari adventures at their fingertips, yet also being able to simply relax with a good book and take in the extraordinary scenery is the type of balance guests enjoy the most
  • travelers highly recommend a walking safari, where you will experience wonderful encounters with Maasai people driving cattle around the rim
  • guests love how knowledgeable, experienced and funny the guides are, making their experience one to be remembered a lifetime