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Going looney: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.. worth it, or exorbitant and not worth it?

Going looney: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.. worth it, or exorbitant and not worth it?

Old Aug 17th, 2005, 01:06 PM
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You've just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, what are you going to do next?

"I'm going to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge!"

(since we're parodying commercials) ;-)
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Old Aug 17th, 2005, 01:51 PM
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Crater Lodge for 1-nt good. You got it off your chest, bit the bullet and after the Kili climb, you deserve it.

But Crater Lodge is no Singita (South Africa and for those who have experienced both) and while we shelled out $600/pp/pn when we visited, you couldn't get me to do the $1,200+/pp/pn that they're asking these days.

Into each life a bit a luxury is well deserved. Just Do It!
Old Aug 17th, 2005, 01:54 PM
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Wow, Singita for $600 pppn--Isn't that a bit scary when a price like that looks good?
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Old Aug 17th, 2005, 02:30 PM
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bat -

Yes, doesn't it seem like a bargain. That was in '01 with the exchange at USD$1 - ZAR10.5 to 11. Our timing was perfect, though sweetie almost hit the ceiling when he heard what he paid. Then after two days said we should have stayed a third... that we didn't have just a day to enjoy our "house" - no game drives, activities, except to run naked and love our surrounding. That was then!
Old Aug 18th, 2005, 02:43 AM
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Our whole trip has been one justification after another for each costly decision. I didn't give the Crater Lodge a cursory glance because I know if I had given the idea even a little consideration I would have been disappointed that we didn't stay there. The fact we are bringing our 14 yr old with us was another factor.

I've had two friends who have stayed there & they considered their stay to be the one of the highlights of their trips.
Enjoy it BostonGal - I'll think of you as we drive by.

BTW we are staying at the Serena & ATR booked it for us. The SOPA didn't have any rooms available.
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Old Aug 20th, 2005, 12:59 PM
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It looks like that you stayed at NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE and MANYARA TREE LODGE too!!!!????
both are properties of CC AFRICA isn't it?
Did you try the small propertie at CRATER?

I'm planning my first trip and still delivering between KENYA only or KENYA with add. NGORONGORO and MANYARA!! (is it a nice area too?)it is for january, and if I finaly add these places, those are the properties that I have chosen to stay there.... ONCE IN A LIFETIME!!...they both, looks really lovely, so I would get some more information of the lodges and the areas too, do you think that january is a good time to go there? I'm going not only for animal viewing, the landscapes are also my wishes on this trip.

Climb the Kilimanjaro is still going around my mind, but we are no experts in treking.... could you tell me how or where could I get more information about the requeriments to try it?

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Old Aug 20th, 2005, 05:57 PM
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I hate to tell you, but it is pretty unlikely that it will be a Once in a Lifetime trip. It appears that everyone who has ever been and posted here quickly learns they must return again.
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Old Aug 21st, 2005, 09:23 AM
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Hi Uhoh busted,
I like to hear/read that!!! it means that it's worth to stay there.
thank you!
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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 04:34 AM
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Hello Voramar,

Both Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge are CCA properties. In my opinion, they are the top camps in their respective locations.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge actually inside the park, which means that you don't have to drive in, and it has great views over the lake. A less expensive option which also looks quite nice is Kirurumu Camp outside the park -- it's a tented camp if you prefer tented accommodation.

I'm not sure what you mean by small properties at the Crater...most of the other options (Sopa, Serena) are larger than Crater Lodge. There are some smaller camps such as Olduvai, but they aren't located on the Crater rim, and are a bit too far out to make a good base for the Crater. The view from the rim of the Crater during sunrise and sunset can't be beat, and you'll miss that if you stay further out.

Whether you combine Tanzania and Kenya depends on how much time and money you have -- it's definitely doable, but both countries have so much to see that you could definitely spend a couple of weeks in each one. The Mara and the Serengeti are very close to one another, though during the major migration movements they tend to be inverses of one another (one full of animals, one relatively empty).

I have't been to Africa in January, so I can't tell you much about what the climate will be like at that time from personal experience, though I have read a bit about it when planning my own trips. The short rains take place during November and December, so the landscape will be very lush and green. Depending on when you go, you may get a little rain as well The bird life will be particularly abundant if you're a birder (I'm not, so I'm not too certain on the specifics). In the Serengeti, it will be calving season so you will be able to see lots of baby antelope.

I haven't done the Kili trek, so I can't help you there -- but there are plenty of other people who have, so I'm sure you'll get some advice from them.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2005, 12:38 PM
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While in India last year on a tiger safari, my husband and I shared a Jeep with a Swiss couple and while swapping safari stories, they told us if we ever had the opportunity, we should stay at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. They said if there was ever a place to pay an obscene amount of money for one night, this was the place. We plan on going next year.
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I'm sorry very much to haven't read your post earlier, but this was a week incredibily busy for me. Still working during the weekend too, but I could get a few time to enjoy reading your post.

I thank you very much all details and information that you explained.

I'd love the small places!!!!! so reading your experience at this places I'm sure it will be a great stay.

Nice explanation of the Crater Lodge, and I'm looking forward to see from there the nicest views of the rim.
Also your explanarion about the Tree Lodge, it is a great new to know that from there one can also get views of the lake!!! i didn't know it (I know it was inside the park, but thought that there were not views to the lake!!, so it is great to read!)

Although you haven't been there in January Jasher, your comment cheere me up a lot, because I loved the LUSH and GREEN LANDSCAPES. My main interest in this trip is not only for animals viewing, of course it is one of the main, but not the only one. Landscapes in africa are sach interesting for me as the animals, same as you with the birds, it is the same for me with birds and animals, but I really loved landscapes.... and hope to enjoy a lot the nice colours of this part of africa.

Thanks too for the "calving" season in serengeti for january, I had read it, but couldn't know exactily what did it means exactily, (COULDN'T FIND ON MY DICTIONARY) so now I'm hoping to see lots of babys with mothers, it must be wonderful experience too.

Well, with not many time to visit both countries, I'll need to decide the best options for january.
If I can discover next week (with a bit more time) information about to be fit to climb kilimanjaro, I'll do it and will need to reduce the rest of the 7/8 days for mara,serengeti and ngorongoro, but think after to do it, it doesn't matter to leave the other places there for another time. I'm sure it must be worth to reach. For this time I can get 15 days there as much!!!, and as you say, I'm sure it must be worth to expend more time at every country, so this will be only the begining.

You have helped me very much Julian.

I really thank you your comment coming from your trip friends. It is giving me the last push to decide!!!
As you say, even hearing as a obscene amount of money, I'm sure it must be worth to stay there, and I'm hearing also the "obscene" landscape that Jasher told me.....
As your friends say, fortunly for our pockets, not at every place there is sach special oportunity, so if it is one.... I'm going to get it!!! we have only one life to live, then we must "to exploit" our own few oportunities!! that's life!!!!
Hope you decide also to stay there next year, if you have read to Jasher, I think it will give to you the last push to decide.
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