Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingoes crowd the soda lakes. An estimated 25,000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a population of highly endangered black rhino and around a high density of lions and hyenas.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is consistently recognized as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay and sits right on the edge of the Crater, offering unbeatable views of one of the natural wonders of the world.
Perched above cool swirling mists on the edge of the Crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge’s sumptuous safari suites offer breathtaking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta (homestead), this is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.
Three separate and intimate camps totalling 30 suites in all are reminiscent of a bygone era. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and ensuite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, and antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leatherbacked chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements.
Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of red roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butlers discreetly tend to guests’ every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious baths. Described as “Maasai meets Versailles”, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas and viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion
- Huge showers and chandelier lit bathtubs
- Floor to ceiling windows
- Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches