Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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.

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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.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Accommodation
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Suite
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge rose petal baths
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge rose petal baths run by your butler

Wheelchair access

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

Family and Friends Accommodation

Families and groups will fall in love with the diversity and adventure of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Two of the suites at &BEYOND Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s North Camp are conveniently interlinked; via a closed walkway that allows access between the suites; while maintaining complete privacy. This is ideal for 2 couples traveling together or as a family suite; accommodating 2 x adults and 2 x children. A 3rd child can be accommodated on special request.

In addition, four of the suites can accommodate 1 x child of 16 years or younger in triple suites.

Ngorongoro Family Safari
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Family Suite

Kids Activities on Safari at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Children will have the opportunity to embark on the very exciting WILDchild program, which is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Adventures at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge include:
Wood carving (with Carver Dullah’ in his workshop)
Tree planting in the tree nursery
Bead work with the Maasai mamas
A bow and arrow adventure
Baking cupcakes with the lodge’s chefs or
A game of soccer with the Buffalo Team, the lodge’s official Soccer team.

TANZANIA CHILD POLICY*
0-5 yearsGame drives only if a private vehicle* is booked. A children’s game drive is also available outside of normal game drive time (avoiding lions, leopards, and elephants). No walks outside of the lodge.
6-11 yearsActivities are at the discretion of the lodge manager / guides / rangers. No walks outside of the lodge.
12-15 yearsGame drives and nature walks
16 years and aboveAll activities permitted

*A private vehicle can be booked when staying at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge that allows the drives to be tailored to suit the ages of the children (subject to availability and at an additional cost).

Child Minding: While there aren’t trained child minders, certain staff members who are wonderful with children are able to assist; at an additional cost.
Please note: The lodge is not fenced off and children are required to have an adult accompanying them at all times.

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

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.

Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife
Ngorongoro Crater Flamingos

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.

Experiences at an additional cost

Dine in the Ngorongoro Crater

Indulge in a gourmet lunch feast served in one of the most unique settings in Africa. Descend into the scenic landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy the incredible density of wildlife before making your way to a private picnic spot on the Crater floor. Tables set with snowy tablecloths and sparkling silver cutlery are laden with the most delectable of dishes. An army of butlers springs into action to attend to your every wish as you indulge in a mouthwatering meal served against the backdrop of groups of zebra strolling along the Crater floor.

Full day Empakai Crater hike

Empakaai Crater is a caved-in volcanic caldera, standing at 300 meters in height and more than six kilometers in width. Rippling at its heart is Empakaai Lake, a deep alkaline pool that envelops ¾ of the crater’s floor. Standing at Empakai Crater’s imposing rim, you can see distinctive landmarks; such as the distant fleecy snows of Kilimanjaro far on the eastern side of the Valley, the Great Rift Valley, and Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano.

This full-day hike explores the dramatic Empakaai Crater. With a lake on the Crater floor and the entire caldera encircled by a steep, densely forested wall; Empakaai is a scene of vast natural beauty. The steep slope calls for a degree of fitness, but the walk through the lush forest; with its ancient strangler figs and rich birdlife, is well worth the effort. The trail continues to the lakeshore, where you can view water birds such as flamingos.

Along your hiking sojourn, while taking in the glorious sights, you are sure to spot a profusion of animals; including blue monkeys, buffalo, bushbucks, waterbucks, and an extensive array of birdlife.

Visit Empakai Crater
Empakai Crater

Cultural visit to the Hadzabe bushmen

Spend the day with the Hadzabe people. These ancient hunter-gatherers inhabit the land near Lake Eyasi; a gorgeous soda lake that’s part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Witness their unchanged, traditional way of life and harmony with the earth. Accompanied throughout by an andBeyond ranger guests have the opportunity to engage with the Bushmen; to learn all about their hunting techniques, survival skills, food preparation, and cultural norms. A veritable step back in time; this is an undeniably authentic cultural journey into rural Tanzania that reveals the untold world of these charismatic people.

Among the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes inhabiting the bushland; Hadzabe men search for food alone and return home with golden honey, sweet fruit, or hearty wild game; when, and if available. Women go out in large groups and forage for bright berries, baobab fruit, and tubers, depending on availability. In the rainy, wet season, sweet honey is the main staple of their diet along with colorful fruit, tubers, and sometimes meat.

Tour Of Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands In Tanzania

Visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge; also known as the Cradle of Mankind; where the earliest remains of homo sapiens were discovered by Mary Leaky. Therefore anyone with an interest in mankind’s ancestors will be fascinated by this extraordinary place. Explore the quaint little museum and marvel at the rugged landscape. Deposits exposed in the sides of the gorge cover have yielded a treasure trove of fossil remains.

Move on to the Shifting Sands; a remarkable dune of volcanic ash appearing completely out of place on the short grassy plains. Constantly on the move, the dune drifts slowly across the landscape at the mercy of the prevailing winds. Intriguing and utterly fascinating phenomena, these dunes are formed when there’s ample ash on the ground and a unidirectional wind to create the shifting effect. Clustering around a rock, the volcanic ash continually gathers and forms what appears to be a small sand dune.

Explore lion conservation with KopeLion

The Lion Recovery Fund has a selection of lion conservation initiatives that it supports; one of which is the KopeLion project; which works on the periphery of &BEYOND Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Working with the local community and other lodges; this lion recovery project aims to create a corridor of tolerance between Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area; to ensure the long-term viability and improve the genetics of the Ngorongoro lion crater population.

Tanzania Safari
Lioness with cubs on a Tanzania Safari

Visitors have the opportunity to interact with the KopeLion conservation team; in order 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. This insightful experience will give you the opportunity to understand the challenges and complexities of wildlife and human coexistence.

Accompanied by a KopeLion researcher, you’ll start with a short walk to check on one of the Panthera camera traps. Then you’ll travel by car through Maasai villages, and a diversity of habitats; from the lush Crater rim, through sparse grasslands, and into a beautiful secluded forest spot. Here you’ll meet one of the KopeLion ‘Ilchokuti’ (lion guardians) who will talk about his work that entails both working with the local communities, and protecting the lions.

These experiences have to be booked in advance, and all generate a donation to KopeLion.

Best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater

Seasonal Highlights

Timing is everything so the below gives you an idea of the best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater Lodge; based on your interests.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has exceptional game viewing all year round.
The best time to hike into Empakai Crater is June until October.
You can best see Mount Kilimanjaro from the Ngorongoro Crater in October.
Visit Ngorongoro from January to March to see newborn animals and interesting predator / prey interaction; while you will see flamingos on the lake from April to May.
June and July to witness wildflowers bloom on the Crater floor
The migratory birds usually visit in March and April and from September until October.

Another very special time to visit when you will have the Crater almost all to yourself; as it is low season, and therefore less crowded; is from March to May and in November.

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.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Accommodation Rates

Indicative Suite Rates at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater LodgePer 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 LodgePer 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
Rates Include / Exclude and Single Supplement

Rates Include

Accommodation
Three meals daily
Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirit and beers, teas and coffees
Refreshments on game drives
Laundry
Swarovski Optik binoculars for use during stay
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
WILDchild program
Game drives on Crater floor
Walks within the lodge grounds

Rates Exclude

Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, cigars
Park fees (and government charges), Crater and concession fees
Healing Earth Wellness treatments
Weddings and blessings
Tourism Development Levy of USD 5.25; per person per night
Transfers to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and onwards
Crater floor banquets
Day trips to Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands
A choice of three walking safaris, ranging from a few hours to full-day experiences
Option of champagne tasting, a pairing dinner, or a private dinner in the Wine Store
Hadzabe Bushmen experience
KopeLion conservation experience
Telephone calls and gratuities
Personal items such as shop purchases

Single Supplement

From 1st May until 31st October and 21st December to 10th January every year:
A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms.

From 11th January until 30th April and 1st November to 20th December every year:
A 50% single supplement is only charged from the third single room per booking.

A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.

Accommodation Special Offers at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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.

Weddings, Blessings or proposals at Ngorongoro Crater
Romantic setup overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater

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 Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania

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