Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Tanzania
Occupying the prime position on the crater rim, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers simply magnificent views of the crater floor and some of the most opulent and unique accommodation in Africa. The Crater Lodge has 30 suites split between three camps.
At a Glance
Fabulous views over the Ngorongoro Crater
Stunning and opulent rooms
Watch the game grazing in front of your room
Sit and have dinner under the chandeliers in the dining room
Loo with the ultimate view
Make a full day trip into the crater with a picnic lunch to really get the most out of this incredible natural phenomenon.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Returning home after a game drive to find your Victorian bathtub full of bubbles, hundreds of rose petals strewn across the floor, champagne in a bucket and candles turning the gorgeous suite into a magical dream - totally unique. Beata and our butler Safari created night after night of surprises!Jules Maury
Take a late afternoon game drive into the crater; you'll avoid the usual rush of cars and it will feel like you have the crater all to yourself.Scott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania
The Ngorongoro Crater is the remains of a once massive volcano, nearly three million years old, on the eastern border of the Serengeti National Park. Now collapsed and eroded to leave the world's largest unbroken caldera, it forms an extraordinarily fertile ‘bowl’ in the midst of rolling highlands, with permanent water sources and steep sides ensuring that the wildlife that thrives here has little reason to leave.
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has 30 suites, divided between three adjacent camps: North and South Camps, comprising twelve suites each, and the more intimate Tree Camp, with six suites. Each camp has its own viewing deck, grand sitting room and dining room with their entrances dramatically illuminated at night by large fire bowls. The stone-built suites all include a private viewing deck, fireplace, spacious en suite bathroom - with free-standing, chandelier-lit bathtub - and are discreetly attended by a private butler. Their luxurious, colonial-style interiors are decorated with sumptuous fabrics, gilt-framed mirrors and carved Zanzibar wood panelling, and the floor-to-ceiling windows have spectacular views of the crater.
Activities include twice-daily game drives, crater picnics and sundowners, guided walks and Maasai cultural visits, as well as visits to the nearby Olduvai Gorge, made famous by the Leakeys’ archaeological discoveries in the 1940s and 50s. The lodge also offer in room massages.
The Crater comprises areas of grassland, swamps, lerai forest (small patches of forest made up of yellow-barked acacia and yellow fever trees), and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge river.
These habitats attract all kinds of wildlife to drink, wallow, graze or hide, and although the animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring-fed lakes on the crater floor incline both grazers and predators to remain.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you are likely to see the endangered Black Rhino: a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment, and it remains one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild.
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has a total of 30 suites split between three camps. North and South Camp have 12 suites and the spectacular Tree Camp has just six.
Each stilted suite is sumptuously furnished with panelled walls and floors made of Tanzanian hardwoods, rich raw silk curtains, hand-beaded chandeliers, gilt mirrors, a fireplace and a butler’s lobby. The en-suite bathrooms are all furnished with fresh red roses beside a chandelier-lit bathtub.The suites all feature decks with magnificent views of the Crater floor.
All suites have glamerous and opulent interiors with en-suite chandelier-lit bathrooms.
Although there are no specific child care facilities, children over five years old are welcome.
Safari drives from here are unusually simple and rewarding without a huge drive required, and accommodation is private enough for childish antics to feel relatively guilt-free. Babysitting, most necessary for enjoyment of all, is also available, either during the evening or daytime, by arrangement.
Each camp has its own sitting and dining room, an outdoor dining area and viewing decks. The sitting rooms have woven banana bark ceilings and are adorned with hand-beaded chandeliers, carved and gilded wall plaques, brocade sofas, Persian carpets, candles and bowls of red roses. The domed dining room with its welcoming fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters is the perfect place to enjoy fine cuisine.
Game drives are limited to just one safari into the Crater each day, either as a morning or afternoon game drive and regulations insist that vehicles must be closed-sided, but they do have pop-up roofs. This is a frustratingly short safari window, but does ensure a more enjoyable, less crowded experience. The Lodge also offers guided walks on the crater rim which is the domain of the Maasai pastoralists, and a stunning area of natural beauty to explore. The lodge also offers in room massages.
Every suite is serviced by a butler who is only a radio call away and will make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The butler will arrange everything, from lighting your fire in the evening to organising a bush picnic on a game drive - no request is too much trouble.
Location & Directions
Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Tanzania
Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. One of the Wonders of the World and a designated World Heritage Site. At the eastern edge of the Serengeti, and nearly three million years old, Ngorongoro is one of the most perfectly formed and certainly the most spectacular calderas on the planet.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.