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“Very good lodge - terrific views, good service and nice variety of food” 4 of 5 stars
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very good lodge - terrific views, good service and nice variety of food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

You won't regret staying here. If only for the continual fireplaces burning that give it that special charm.

In short, terrific views, great service and good variety of food.

Also, the nightly shows near the bar are terrific (so is the educational talks at night).

I would recommend the lodge.

Tim

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I have had the best time of my life. I would recommend it to everyone. But you have to keep an open mind when you are on a safari. Do not expect to be like home.

This area is the one place we saw all the animals in once night

We loved the free wifi access.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Skierniewice
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The most valuable is great view of Crater from the room, unforgettable. If possible take the room at higher level, but both views are amazing, also view from the lobby is great. One advantage is very near road to Crater down, you can be quicker down to the Crater. Food is very good, Serena standard, service very good. Place is quite dark, but has its own charm (of course in my opinion). Definitly I could recommend for Ngorongoro vist.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Located on the Ngorongoro Crater rim the Serena Lodge has great views into the crater valley below, every room looking out to this view with a private balcony. The rooms, with ensuite, are large and well appointed, and the stone walkways and wooden decks to move around the building are very attractive. But the lounge area, though built around a central fireplace, and the dining room above, lacked an African soul. They were sombre and maybe better suited to a ski lodge! The porters were friendly and helpful but the dining room staff did not make us feel welcome.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

After staying in a tented camp close to nature, staying in a large hotel was not the same experience. The hotel was comfortable and the lounge had amazing views of the Ngorongoro Crater as it is situated on the rim. The service was average. One did not feel special here just part of the many groups that travel through. The room was clean and quiet. The highlight was going down in the crater the next day for safari. Worth it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a top quality lodge set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, with each room having a spectacular view from their veranda.

Rooms are good, but slightly small.

The staff were friendly, but with 75 rooms, slightly impersonal.

Wifi very slow and only in common areas.

Food of a reasonably good standard, but the dining room, even off season, is crowded and very noisy.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights as part of our safari in June 2013. The hotel is wonderful, overlooking the Ngorongoro crater - with wildlife literally outside your window. We were woken by buffalo on one morning!! Food leaves a little to be desired... But you are in the middle of the Serengeti. Highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting the crater.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees. ... more   less 
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