This establishment was without doubt one of the most interesting places we've ever stayed in our travels around the world. It is located right within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, so it is breathtaking and private, with the most interesting "rooms" in African hut style. We had two of these contiguous African "bubbles" which constituted our suite - one side a bedroom and the other, which could be separated by louver doors, was the dressing and bathroom area, with a huge clawfoot bathtub at its center.
A hot bath in this tub, surrounded by roses and rose petals, awaiting guests each afternoon upon returning from a safari trip down into the Crater.....does it get any better than this????
Because the Crater rim is about 5000' ft. up, it is cool in the evenings, with no mosquitos and it is great sleeping temperature. The Lodge has a separate structure which serves as reception, bar and dining room which is truly a site to behold. It is such an eclectic mixture of furnishings and styles - art deco, baroque and Africa - so interesting and pleasant to sit in and enjoy refreshment from the bar. The food is quite good - not fabulous - but served by a most pleasant and willing wait staff and quite tasty. We can only imagine the difficulties of bringing all the supplies expected of a 5-star facility in the middle of a conservation part. A highlight was an impromtu conga line the hotel staff offered - along with a cake - to one of the guests having a birthday. It was great fun!
Since we were relatively isolated and in the middle of a park with lions, elephants, cheetahs and other wildlife, there was always the possibility of running into an unexpected creature on returning to our rooms. So, guests after dinner were accompanied by Masaii warriors to our rooms!
In the mornings, we were awakened by hotel staff bringing a pot of hot coffee and some cookies to nibble on while we dressed and made it to breakfast - which was buffet style, with many tasty choices. The view from the dining room porch and the yard towards the crater was the stuff of novels.
This place is expensive, the food may not be the best we've had in a luxury hotel, but the entire experience was incomparable. It may be a once-in-a lifetime experience - but it is definitely worth doing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of fresh roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breathtaking views from all around. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Crater Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Hotel Ngorongoro Crater