andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
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It was another restless night in the Serengeti as the winds continued to shake the tent and keep the window and door flaps active throughout the evening. We also heard a person running in the night, apparently chasing a lion that was strolling in the tented camp area.
We started off at 7:30 AM for our journey to Ngorongoro crater. The …
Saturday 17 June - We arrived back from a 3 night, 4 day safari yesterday.
Day 1 – The day started at a very un-respectful 5am wake up. Luckily, for once, the mosque woke us up! The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara, our starting point, took about 4 hours so we arrived at our lodge at about midday before continuing onto Lake Manya...
We began the second phase of our safari tour on Monday, when we crossed the border from Kenya to Tanzania. We have a new Soviet-era truck, this one with an official name: Christie. Christie does not always want to start. (After the tour, we hear that Christie died in Malawi. So glad we peeled off the group in Dar.)
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Historical Traveler Reviews andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Sublime !!!Il lodge si trova sulla cresta della caldera che è veramente di una bellezza da togliere il fiato ! Tutto, ma veramente tutto eccellente !! Struttura ben armonizzata nel contesto ambientale, dove ti viene veramente da pensare al paradiso. I lodge offrono una vista spettacolare sul cratere, sono arredati con cura ed attenzione, non manca davvero nulla. Al ritorno dal game safari, godetevi un bel bagno caldo nella vasca che a mio parere offre la piu' bella vista al mondo.Al vostro arrivo verrete accolti dalla gentilissima sig.ra Irene la quale si occupera' totalmente che il Vostro soggiorno rimanga indelebile nei Vostri ricordi.Vi verra' assegnato un addetto, chiamiamolo maggiordomo, che rimarra' su vostra richiesta a disposizione.Il cibo è ottimo,come ottimi sono i vini sudafricani.Sarete accompagnati nelle ore notturne,per evitare uno spiacevole incontro con qualche animale (bufalo)che pascola tranquillamente nel prato di "casa" Vostra. AMAZING !!!
Spent two nights at this fabulous lodge located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The lodge is divided into three sections or camps: North Camp, South Camp and Tree camp. The interior of the suites at each location are exactly the same, as is the pricing. For a while, the Tree Camp suites cost $50.00 more than the others because those suites were perceived by some to be more private. The lodge abandoned this surcharge about two years ago. Each camp has its own dining room, accommodating only a small number of guests for each camp (about 25), in addition to a lounge. Every room faces the crater, but some have more obstructed views than others, which depends on the height of your room and the height of the trees (Room 21 is known to have the least obstructed views). As you enter the property, the manager at the camp you are staying in is radioed about your arrival. As you exit from your car, you meet your butler (ours was named Patrick) who hands you a damp cloth, a drink, and lets you know that he is available to you throughout your stay. The manager then escorts you inside, has you fill out some documents, and asks you sign a waiver absolving the lodge from any responsibility in the event that you are injured on the property. You are, after all, in the middle of a conservation area teaming with wild animals. There are some animals that roam the property, namely water buffalo, who can charge at you if you're not careful. In fact, one day while I was walking back to my room in the daylight hours from the gift shop, the staff insisted that I jump into one of their 4x4's to travel the short distance back to my camp because a buffalo was grazing about 50 feet away from me. The same water buffalo was outside our room when we arrived and although we were tempted to go out on our balcony to take pictures, we were warned again about staying inside until he left. The rooms, by the way, are spectacular, both inside and out. From the outside, they look like dwellings for a hobbit (think Lord of the Rings) and are constructed with local materials and thatched roofs. Once you step inside you are immediately wowed by the décor, the uniqueness of the design, the height of the ceilings, the quality of the materials and the views of the crater. The room is very spacious, with a bathroom area that is open to the bedroom, The king size beds are oversized and very comfortable. Each has a duvet and a heat blanket which your butler will prepare for you while you are at dinner as nights tend to be chilly. Each room also has a cozy area with two leather club chairs facing a fireplace, a crystal decanter with complimentary sherry, and a box of treats containing fudge, chocolates, little cookies and lemon jellies. The bathroom is fabulous with both a freestanding tub, a shower and two sinks. The toilet area is discreetly tucked away in a separate room. The toiletries are of the highest quality. All food is included in the price of your room and is generally quite good. There is a set menu for every dinner, but the staff try to cater to all special requests and dietary restrictions. Breakfast can be served on your balcony where your butler can set up a small table and chairs so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the morning. Your butler will also have a hot bath prepared for you when you return from your game drive with a path of rose petals on the floor leading the way to the tub. Beware, however, that once you fill the tub with hot water, it takes about five hours for the hot water to be available again (not sure why...maybe because they use a method of reheating that is more eco-friendly?). The lodge staff are incredibly helpful and genuine in their dedication to providing you with exemplary service and I am pleased to say that they succeed in every respect.
I am staggered to see one reviewer actually gave a mixed review about this place - we stayed there for 6 days and it was near faultless. Not bad for a property in the middle of nowhere. We stayed (for our honeymoon) in the rooms further down the hill (away from main properties where reception is). It has it's own restaurant/bar and balcony. The balcony, the bath in our room, the small balcony and even the toilet in our room share one amazing view. The one negative reviwer below somehow complained about the view (i.e. not being able to see animals from the hotel), but that is not the point. The whole crater is the point of this place (and you can actually see animals anyway). The trip down to the crater in the hotel 4WD is fantastic and the viewing in the crater is great - much better than in the nearby Serengeti because the animals are hear all year. We saw all the usual animals plus some rare cats (Cervil) that made our guide ("Godbless") quite excited. The food was excellent (although short on choice - they do change menu every night), and they had ALL the luxuries you can expect in a place this remote. The service was outstanding and I would love to go back.
Never seen a better hotel
This hotel is truly amazing. It is expensive, but no other hotel in the World can match this. Why ? Because of the location combined with absolute top quality service. Which hotel provides a Masai Warrior to escort you to the dining room to prevent you wil be harrassed by Buffalo's ? These dangers are real, which creates a highly exciting atmosphere, even though the animals do not seem to be bothered by the humans on the grounds.
If you want to get the real safari feeling, don't think further, go here !
Amazing views across one of Africa's greatest wonders
Each suite is amazing, huge beds facing the crater with sumptuously dressing balcony windows overlooking the crater - sunrise and sunset are remarkable to watch. The suite also has a huge bathroom area with bath - one day the bath was drawn for our return from a long day on safari - and scattered with rose petals. The sitting area has a lovely log fire (it does get a little chilly in the evening!). Your own personal butler is on call at all times to light the fire, collect laundry (this is included - they will wash and iron all your clothes!), in fact he will attend to your every whim and need. Dinner is a fabulous affair drinks are served in the drawing room and its very sociable, every one we met was very friendly. Dinner on all days was lovely, the wines were excellent. I loved the fact that the hotel wasn't enclosed and wild buffalo were wandering everywhere - however, you do need a Massai guide (in full massai dress) to escourt you to dinner. Had a wonderful massage on one day....everything was wonderful. Only negative was that the service was occasionally slow - but hey this is africa (and they don't take AMEX!)
Stayed at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge on our last night in Tanzania. It was the absolute best! We were staying at different places each night to try the different lodges and camps...and of course, a different "feel" for each place. From the pictures I thought it would be so gaudy and out of place in Africa. But once you've stepped into the gates of Crater Lodge..you enter a different world. The service is super polished. The amenities are complete. The furnishings all with local flavors but top-notch. Attention to details is very important to me and this one delivers.
We had buffaloes grazing right outside my room and the multiple speakeasy on every wall gave me a different view of Ngorongoro. They even have a discreet wooden snackbox by the fireplace which I thought was just a plain wooden box. Lo and behold...it contained freshly baked lemon cookies, english toffee and turkish delight! Our butler was non-stop in treatment. We requested for our clothes to be laundered right after we arrived (3 pm) and for possible delivery by 7 am the next day at the latest. He was done by 7 pm that same night (23 pieces of clothing soiled from our entire week in Tanzania)! Then of course there was the non-stop snacks in the main hall while reading other guests' transcripts and dinner by the fire in our room.
The lodge setting was very natural and the views were jaw-dropping! Just to see the mist of the crater lift in the morning to show the huge caldera awaiting exploration below. This one is definitely worth the bucks..even for at least a night. You have to experience Crater Lodge..not to be missed.
Pure luxury amidst african plains. Saw thousands of beasts migrating north in search of food and water and then returned to complete creature comforts. Housed in separate African style chalets, walking to magnificent separate dining hall with inviting cocktail lounge. Close to Masai villages and site of the Leakey find of early fossilized bones of man.
Service without fault, especially breakfast on the terrace of chalet overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, home to densest animal population in the world, including hippos, cheetahs, elephants, flamingoes, wildebeests, giraffes, etc.
Expensive but worth it.
This lodge owned by South Africans and probably dating from the 60s is located on the rim of the Crater. It is a little bit of an eye sore but with binoculars on the balcony one can spot the wildlife down in the Crater. The food is ok and buffet style with all you can eat. They pack nice lunch boxes to enjoy a picnic down in the crater. This place lacks some character and seems to attract tour groups since has many rooms.
Out of this world
Went here on honeymoon and it couldn't have been more perfect. Elegant, yet a part of the spectacular landscape. Wonderful staff. Some of the nicest accomodations I've ever stayed in. Costs a fortune, but I dream of going back again. The crater is definitely On the beaten track, but very much worth visiting at least once.
Absolutely the Best!
When our game drive vehicle pulled up and our room steward was waiting with a silver platter with freshly made gin-and-tonics on it, we knew we were in the right place. The location above the Crater was stupendous, with ever-changing views of the largest collapsed caldera on earth. With zebra browsining behind our room, cape buffalo out front, and architecture that defies description, this is one of the most spectacular and elegant hotels I have ever stayed in. Every detail was carefully thought out and the service was superb. The fact that the profits benefit the Conservation Company of Africa made it a top-notch recommendation.