First off this is not a luxury lodge - there are several of those available but at a much higher cost. We had a long Tanzania family vacation which included various levels of lodging from luxury to basic with the Rhino Lodge being the most basic. However, this was our FAVORITE!
Several reasons: one is the staff, the owners, the food, the sense of being part of the environment. be prepared for unexpected cool/cold temperatures and often misty wet weather.
Altitude of the lodge and in the rain forest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area!
Another special reason is that it was the only lodging in over two weeks safari that permitted, actually encouraged, your driver/guide to take meals with you. For us this was great and missed in all other lodges.
Another is the food was more local instead of the more western meals - great to eat wonderful food that was more local than other lodging.
Rooms were basic but just felt natural and cozy. Bathroom and hot water as well as power are limited but did not have a negative impact on us - each room has a wood stove that the Maisai staff will light each night while you dine in the Resturant. Rooms are comfy and cozy. Some rooms (on the right side) balcony are open to Water Bucks, Buffalo, and if lucky lions, that can be seen and heard from the room.
Lounge/Resturant area. Cozy with fireplace, old African books to read, small unobtrusive bar, and great place to meet and talk with other guests.
If we ever return to Ngorongoro Conservation Aera and Crater THIS is where we will book again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting.Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge.And, on return after a long day, 24 comfortable ensuite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Rhino Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area