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“Freezing and miserable” 1 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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“Freezing and miserable”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

We thought this was an awful place, looking and feeling like a down-at-heel council estate. Our room was nasty and damp and the only place to sit on a cold day was right next to the fireplace in the very basic dining room. The food was OKish, but nowhere near the standard of the other lodges we stayed in. Best avoided.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

The Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge is a great place where you will get your money's worth. The accomodation was very comfortable, the beds where great, the bathroom super clean, although very little hot water...but is very understandable because they are trying to maintain their impact to the environment to a minimum.

The food was great and the main house has a good bar and a beautiful fire going to unwind after a long day of Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater.

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  • Stayed March 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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 en suite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome home. ... more   less 
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Ngorongoro Rhino Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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