Imagine a medieval keep set deep into a hillside on the rim of an ancient volcano, surrounded by tropical rain forest. Imagine hand-built walls of russet-colored river stones, winding corridors, heavy wooden doors, and bushman paintings on cream interior walls. Imagine a tiled balcony overlooking one of the most famous and awesome views in the world. This is Serena Ngorogoro Safari Lodge. Built so unobtrusively to fit in with the natural surroundings, it's hard to spot
the lodge even from the nature trails that winds around it. All the rooms have superb views overlooking the crater, and when you come back exhausted and exhilarated from your fill of one of the most amazing animal spectacles on earth, you'll still want to sit and gaze out at the mountain-ringed caldera, the vast herds roaming the plains, and the pink masses of flamingos on the water's edge. Your room has lots of hanging and storage space, polished wooden floors, earth-toned soft furnishings, comfortable beds and a big bathroom with his and her basins, a shower that a family of Thomson's gazelles could take refuge in, a wooden desk and chair, and old-fashioned lamps that look straight out of a colonial governor's residence. After the early morning mist has cleared, enjoy further spectacular views from the split-level bar and dining room where the food is wholesome and hearty. The whole place speaks of comfort with a classy, authentic bush ambience.