The first lodge to be built in the Ngorongoro Crater, it still retains a rather 1970s government feel with its natural stone and wood buildings and sparsely furnished motel-like rooms. En-suite bathrooms may have old-fashioned fittings but the water is hot, and all the rooms have huge floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the fever-tree forest and crater floor that more than compensate for the Spartan interiors. The public areas also retain the 1970s ambience, but you're
not going to be sitting around for long, so who needs luxury? The food is unmemorable but palatable, and the friendly staff will organize your game-viewing excursions to the crater floor (not included in quoted price). If you're into archaeology and the evolution of humankind, then a day visit to the Olduvai Gorge is a must, plus to nearby Laetoli, where hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old.