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Ngorongoro Crater

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Ngorongoro lodges

The most unforgettable in Africa

With vast, primal views of the crater below them, Ngorongoro lodges rank among the most unforgettable in Africa. A select few are set right on the rim itself, offering panoramic views at every turn plus first-onto-the-crater-floor game drives. Maasai dance displays and cultural tours are also part of the activity list.

Not all Ngorongoro lodges are on the crater rim however. Several are located an hour’s drive away in the town of Karatu, set in a hilly coffee-growing district. Here you’ll find shady plantation homes and boutique lodges offering activities like mountain biking and cultural tours as well as day safaris to the Ngorongoro Crater. The question is: do you stay on the Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu?

Browse our selection of Ngorongoro lodges below – some of our choices are more suitable for honeymooners and discerning travellers; others for families or groups who want a more private accommodation experience. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply contact us and we’ll help you select a suitable accommodation for your needs.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Ngorongoro Crater Camp
Ngorongoro Crater Camp
In Short: Great all-round camp set on the crater rim
Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
You’ll be among the first onto the crater floor when you stay at this well sited lodge. You’ll enjoy simple comfort at camp & in addition to excellent game drives you have the chance to visit a Maasai village for a cultural encounter.
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USD 465p/p sharing
The Highlands Ngorongoro
The Highlands Ngorongoro
In Short: Breathtaking setting & exquisite suites
Location: Near the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Lying on the slopes of an extinct volcano, The Highlands sets the bar high when it comes to accommodation away from the Ngorongoro Crater rim. A small, intimate camp, it offers game drives as well as hiking & cultural tours.
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USD 355p/p sharing
The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro
In Short: Luxurious cottages close to the crater
Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Set on a coffee estate & surrounded by gorgeous gardens, this high-end lodge offers cottage accommodation plus a 3-suite family unit with lounge & TV room. Active travellers will love the long list of activities but there’s also a pool, sauna & movie room.
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USD 500p/p sharing
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
In Short: Ngorongoro’s deluxe lodge & unbeatable views
Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
With an architectural style as eye-catching as the views, this unashamedly luxurious lodge occupies prime position on the rim of the crater. There’s a wide range of activities & amenities & honeymooners will feel as welcome as families with children.
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USD 1085p/p sharing
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The Crater

What to do at the Ngorongoro Crater

1. Spot the Big Five

Africa’s most sought-after sightings – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhino – can be enjoyed with ease at the Ngorongoro Crater; indeed, it’s not unusual to see all five in a single game drive.

2. Search for Predators

Lions & leopards join a long cast of predators in the Ngorongoro Crater: cheetah & spotted hyena are also resident along with jackal, wild cats & many birds of prey.

3. Stay on the Rim

There are exclusive lodges on the rim of the crater: not only will you get truly spectacular views but you’ll also be among the first onto the crater floor for the morning game drive.

4. Bring the Family

Easy game viewing, a comfortable climate & family accommodation – the Ngorongoro welcomes families with children, providing special activities, meal times & even childminders.

5. Live on a Plantation

There’s a choice of accommodation located away from the Crater; our favourite ones are set on picturesque old-world coffee plantations, complete with spa & massage service. (Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu)

6. Visit a Local Community

Maasai communities dot the Ngorongoro landscape & several lodges offer the chance to visit local villages, chat to locals & gain an insight into life on the savannah.

7. Crater View Walk

This popular late afternoon walk along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater allows guests to experience various natural habitats, including the acacia woodland, thick lush forests and open grasslands.

8. Crater Floor Banquet

After your scenic descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a tasty hot lunch served in breathtaking surroundings at a private picnic spot on the Crater floor, in the midst of the wildlife action.

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