&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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‘Luxury Lodge at the Crater’s Edge’


The Ngorongoro Crater is an extensive highland area with a dramatic 600m-deep crater. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters a magnificent array of wildlife; giant tusked elephant wander the forest, black-maned lion prowl the grasslands, pink flamingo gather at the soda lakes and endangered black rhino are protected within its rim. A number of activities carried out by the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge allow you to explore this wildlife haven. Depart on an enthralling game drive or opt to walk on scenic hiking routes. Further out, explore the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge and the visually spectacular shifting sands. Back at the lodge, enjoy the traditional drumming performances and singing of Maasai warriors as you sip a sundowner cocktail. The lodge comprises thirty stilted mud and thatch suites across three separate and intimate camps, with each camp featuring their own guest sitting area, dining area and viewing deck. Dining takes place in a grand dining room, which can also be transformed into an elegant rose petal banquet.

In Our Opinion

 ‘Overlooking spectacular crater views from almost every area of the lodge, this baroque-style retreat provides unique encounters and experiences for each day of your stay.’

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  • In-room safe
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate bath & shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Fireplace
  • WiFi access
  • Gym-in-a-basket
  • Personal butler service

Family Suites

The family suite consists of two inter-leading suites. Each suite features a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting area; all with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the crater. Personal butler service adds to the luxury.


  • Two inter-leading suites
  • Crater view
  • Personal butler service


Stilted mud and thatch suites are appointed with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and African art elements. The bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting area all feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the crater below. The en-suite bathroom features a separate shower and chandelier-lit bathtub. Personal butler service will cater for your every need, from stoking your fireplace to bringing you tea in bed.


  • One double bed
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Sitting room
  • Crater view
  • Personal butler service

  • In-room safe
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate bath & shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Fireplace
  • WiFi access
  • Gym-in-a-basket
  • Personal butler service

Guests at the lodge can take part in game drives, visits to Olduvai Gorge and the shifting sands, private sundowners on the rim, Empakaai Crater hikes, Lake Eyasi walks, Crater view walks and view traditional Maasai performances. 

Game drives

Due to the lodge being situated on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, game drives take a significant time to reach the crater’s floor and return to the lodge – so only one game drive is usually carried out per day, be it in the morning or afternoon. You descend into the crater through a lush highland forest with magnificent birdlife among the various tree species. Once on the floor you will discover a large variety of grazing herbivores and predators, as well as huge flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi depending on the time of year, whilst the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. You are likely to encounter a large number of other vehicles during the high season but during the rainy season you can enjoy a more private game drive. Safari vehicles are closed, with glass windows and a pop-up roof.

Olduvai Gorge & shifting sands tour

Explore the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, otherwise known as the cradle of mankind and the home of the earliest remains of homo-sapiens. Then move on to the volcanic ash dunes of shifting sands, which move across the desert floor in response to the prevailing winds.

Private sundowners on the rim

Enjoy sundowner cocktails and tasty snacks as you gaze across awe-inspiring views, accompanied by 20 Maasai warriors entertaining. Minimum 6 guests and one months’ notice required. Weather dependant. Available at an additional charge.

Empaakai Crater hikes

This full-day hiking trip allows you to get up close and personal with nature, from the vast forests that surround the crater walls to the magnificent, abundant wildlife. Minimum 6 guests. Available at an additional charge.

Lake Eyasi Walk

This scenic half-day walk takes you through Maasai villages and open grazing land, providing an insight into the culture and offering spectacular views of Lake Eyasi. Minimum 6 guest. Available at an additional charge.

Crater view walk

Late afternoon walk taking you along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, showcasing various natural habitats such as the acacia woodland, thick lush forests and open grasslands. Minimum 6 guests, can’t be pre-booked. Available at an additional charge.

African drummers

A group of local drummers provide entertainment whilst also sharing their unique culture. Performance takes place on the lawn in front of the lodge, weather dependant. Minimum one months’ notice required, exclusivity can’t be guaranteed. Available at an additional charge.

Maasai delight with pre-dinner drinks

Enjoy a sundowner whilst you listen to the traditional singing and chanting of 20 Maasai warriors. 2 weeks’ notice required. Available at an additional charge.

Animals you may see:
• Wildebeest
• Black rhino
• Elephant
• Buffalo
• Antelope
• Eland
• Thomson’s gazelle
• Zebra
• Hippo
• Lion
• Leopard
• Cheetah
• Jackal
• Spotted hyena
• Serval

Birds you may see:
• Bird
• Ostrich
• Kori bustard

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge operates on an all-inclusive basis; for full details see below.

• Three meals daily
• Soft drinks
• House wines
• Local brand spirits and beers
• Teas and coffees
• Refreshments on lodge activities

• Game drives on the crater floor
• Walks within the lodge grounds

• Laundry
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance


• In-room massage available


• Laundry included
• WiFi access

Safari shop:

• Local crafts

Dining Options
For guidance only - subject to change
Safari Meal Plan
• All meals
• All drinks (excluding premium brands)


The butler will softy knock on your door to wake you up and then present you with a fragrant cup of tea and coffee, before you head to the breakfast table and start your day.


Rest at one of the designated picnic sites on the Crater floor for your packed lunch, which you can enjoy amidst the surrounding wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner as you gaze across the mesmerising Crater from the comfort of your own private suite.


Evening meals are to be savored in the grand setting of the lodge’s dining room, with the focus on creating dishes that are nostalgic, wholesome and delicious.

Crater Floor Banquet

After a scenic venture into the Ngorongoro Crater you will enjoy a tasty hot lunch served at a private picnic spot on the crater floor, with the added luxury of personalised butler service. Minimum 10 guests required, one month’s notice required, weather dependant and subject to availability, excludes crater fees. Available at an additional charge.

Wine Sommelier Sessions

Try award-winning wines with an award-winning sommelier. Sessions consist of either a signature Tanzania wine tasting or a wine tasting and hosted meal – with Chris Ford, a renowned sommelier in East Africa. Minimum 6 guests, subject to availability of the sommelier. Available at an additional charge.

Rose Petal Dinner

For this special dinner, the dining room is transformed into an elegant banquet with a long, chandelier-lit dining table decorated with white linen, candles, bouquets of roses and scatterings of rose petals. A delicious meal is then prepared by expert chefs and served by attentive butlers. Minimum 24 guests, two week notice period required. Available at an additional charge.

Honeymoon Rose Petal Dinner

This romantic experience begins with a long soak in a hot bubble bath large enough for two, where you can also admire views of the Ngorongoro Crater. A carpet of rose petals then leads you to an elegant table set up in the privacy of your suite, with a sumptuous feast served by your personal butler, accompanied by a bottle of fine French champagne. 2 guests, two week notice period required. Available at an additional charge.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is located in northern Tanzania at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world.

• Lake Manyara Airstrip around a 1 ½ hour drive away

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge welcomes families with children although we would only recommend for over 8s. Game drives for children 6 to 11 is at the lodge manager’s discretion.

When available, booking an exclusive use safari vehicle means that game drives can be tailored for the shorter attention span of younger children, and it leaves and comes back to the lodge at any time.

• Family room with two inter-leading suites
• Limited number of triple rooms available

• Child-minding available at an additional cost

Price quoted is a guide only please click Check Live Price & Availability for up to date pricing. 2 adults sharing a room.
Other departure airports, durations and guest configurations are available when you check availability on any given date.
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