Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been called the game lodge at the top of the world, and ‘where Maasai meets Versailles; it is themed in romance, on the rim of Ngorongoro’s ancient caldera’. This lavish lodge is the best place to stay when visiting Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
The position is incredibly spectacular, with everchanging views as mists swirl over the massive wildlife cauldron below. At this lodge, guests can be forgiven for losing track of which century, or even continent, they are in. Everything has been chosen to excite the imagination and enhance the breathtaking vistas of natural beauty.
One of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, the list of species existing in the Ngorongoro Crater is enormous. One can find 50 different species of large mammals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, eland, impala, baboons, warthogs, and hyenas. Not to mention; the massive amounts of grazing wildebeest and zebras; and in the shallow Crater Lake huge flocks of bright pink flamingos. Boasting such a diverse variety of animals in the relatively small space of this beautiful crater, with its lush green grasses and stunning blue water, is what makes this such an incredible safari experience.
As the sun sets, listen to Maasai warriors chant while enjoying your favorite sundowner overlooking the game-rich Crater. This region is also rich in culture, history, and diversity.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Accommodation
Perched above swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater and offering breathtaking views, one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa features lavish safari suites inspired in design by a Maasai homestead. Personal butlers serve each guest discreetly, bringing tea to their bedsides, stoking fireplaces, and pouring bubble baths.
Steeped in romance; each of the 30 x stilted suites has graceful antiques, grand chandeliers, and elegant African treasures. They are all handcrafted with mud and thatch; while the interior ceilings are The bedroom, sitting room, and ensuite bathrooms boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below.
The suites are divided into three camps; namely; North Camp, South Camp, and Tree Lodge; consequently providing an intimate and unique experience at each camp; which each has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service.
Two rooms are accessible with assistance, as all rooms have stairways. All main areas have stairs, however; North Camp has a small ramp to the main area
Family Safaris at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Activities
Highlights of your adventure at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge feature game drives, banquets on the Crater floor, hiking, wine tasting, and lion learnings.
Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Depending on the time of year, you may see huge flocks of pink flamingos around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippos. Safari vehicles are closed, with glass windows and a pop-up roof. Off-road driving is not permitted.
The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes. Sublime scenery, abundant wildlife, its very own distinctive Lerai Forest comprised of yellow fever trees, and Lake Magadi, a shallow soda lake. Roam to the east and you will find Gorigor Swamp and the Ngoitokitok Springs where happy pods of hippos can be found. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands.
If you are after the ‘The Big Five’, it is all here waiting for you. Black rhino, Tusker elephants, lion, leopard, and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra. Other wildlife includes serval cats, cheetah, jackals, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo, and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colorful birds.
Best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater
How to Get to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
A number of airlines operate scheduled flights from Arusha to Lake Manyara Airstrip. The lodge will then collect guests from the airstrip and bring them to the lodge. The drive to the lodge takes approximately 1½ hours.
|Indicative Suite Rates at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge||Per Person Sharing|
|High Season: 1st June to 30th September 2022||$1,950|
|Mid Season: 1st to 31st October 2022||$1,300|
|Low Season: 1st November to 20th December 2022||$1,160|
|High Season: 21st December 2022 to 10 January 2023||$1,950|
|High Season: 11th January to 28th February 2023||$2,150|
|Low Season: 1st March to 31st May 2023||$1,325|
|High Season: 1st June to 30th September 2023||$2,150|
|Mid Season: 1st to 31st October 2023||$1,480|
|Low Season: 1st November to 20th December 2023||$1,325|
|High Season: 21st December 2023 to 10 January 2024||$2,150|
|Indicative Family Suite Rates at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge||Per Family Suite|
|High Season: 1st June to 30th September 2022||$6,825|
|Mid Season: 1st to 31st October 2022||$4,550|
|Low Season: 1st November to 20th December 2022||$4,060|
|High Season: 21st December 2022 to 10 January 2023||$6,825|
|High Season: 11th January to 28th February 2023||$7,525|
|Low Season: 1st March to 31st May 2023||$4,640|
|High Season: 1st June to 30th September 2023||$7,525|
|Mid Season: 1st to 31st October 2023||$5,180|
|Low Season: 1st November to 20th December 2023||$4,640|
|High Season: 21st December 2023 to 10 January 2024||$7,525|
Long Stay Rates
&Beyond long stay rates are available throughout the year on stays of more than 3 nights at any &Beyond lodges in Africa; therefore; you can combine Kenya with any and Beyond lodges in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Namibia.
Honeymoon Safari offer
One partner pays the full rate and the other partner pays 50% of the accommodation rate for the whole stay. The honeymoon offer is valid for stays of 2 or more nights; throughout the year; within 6 months of the date of marriage. However; due to the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions; guests qualify for the honeymoon offer if they travel within 12 months of the date of marriage; if they travel before 15th December 2023.
Crater Blessing Or Wedding
We can also arrange weddings, blessings / renewal of vows, and engagements at the lodge; however, a legal wedding does get extremely costly and takes quite a while to arrange. We suggest doing the legalities at home for ease. All are blessed with the powerful chant of the Maasai and the most incredible view of the Crater below.
Please note Kosher is not available. Halaal and other special dietary requests are available if requested well in advance.
We have many safari holidays offers so do check with us when you have your dates. Let us know your ideas so we can make the best suggestions.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania