Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


  • Spectacular views over the crater
  • Unique rooms with views in every direction
  • Expensive but service is exceptional


  • Crater can be crowded with vehicles in peak season
  • High altitude means uphill’s are not easy to walk, and it can get very cold at night

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Imagine walking into a Hollywood film set where the spectacular setting is literally "Great Zimbabwe ruins meets SS Titanic baroque." Clusters of stilted rooms with woven conical banana-leaf domes and fancifully carved stone chimneys cling to the crater's rim and somehow blend in with the natural surroundings. Your palatial abode has polished wooden floors, leather armchairs, and a dramatic mix of furniture and styles, including crystal chandeliers and hand-wrought local lamps. Ceiling-high swaths of silk taffeta drapes frame a small veranda with some of the world's most awesome views. Hand-carved doors lead to a massive bathroom with fresh-cut roses, a freestanding tub, and a tessellated tile shower straight out of a Roman villa. The main dining room has a 1920s ocean liner stateroom feel, but the adjacent lounge comes straight from an old English country house. It's a daring glamorous mix of competing styles and themes that somehow works.

Hotel Information


Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tanzania


27–11-809–4300-in Johannesburg

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 30 rooms
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive

Published 03/07/2016


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