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“Expensive but astonishing views” 3 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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“Expensive but astonishing views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The only point of this Lodge is the view inside the crater. The service is ok, the food good enough, the rooms are small, and not upgrade since years. Missing spare sockets, toilets are old fashion but clean enought. decoration is "weird" for say something polite...
If you can just go for having a beer in the terrace you will save a lot of money, and enjoy the unique advantage of this resort.

Room Tip: As far as I know all the rooms have the crater views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Arrived at this lodge about 1900 after a full day in the crater, too late to see the view. Reception was a crowded and a little chaotic so took a while to get room keys. Arrived in room which was a little on the small and crowded side, the room was a little run down and the shower did not work well. Beds were hard and not very comfortable and the room was totally dark in the night with no electricity which was dangerous. The restaurant was buffet style and noisy, food was OK but not a huge choice for the evening meal or breakfast. Unfortunatly the weather was cloudy in the morning and drizzly, we left at 0800 so didnt see the view of the crater. Had I seen the grounds and the views I may have had a more favourable impression, without that I would rate the lodge as average which may be unfair.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kiabakari
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Being one of the oldest hotels in Ngorongoro and Serengeti, run by the State, then privatized, all three Wildlife Lodges - Seronera, Lobo and Ngorongoro - have the same feeling of the architecture. Maybe Lobo and Seronera are nicer because these are nicely composed in the kopje hills, with huge boulders incorporated into the structure, but Ngorongoro compensated the lack of boulders with a stunning view from the terrace and some of the rooms.

When I visited there with my Dad and a friend, they were surprised to see fog and water dripping trees in the morning, with temps 6-8 Centigrades! They were freezing! No wonder with this altitude of 2100 meters asl. Then going down to Nabii Hill Gate on our way to Serengeti and Kiabakari, Musoma - it was scorching heat for the change.

The quality of rooms, establishment and service is not at the same level as other modern hotels. Surely, Wildlife Lodges under new management need serious investment to improve in all areas. But one thing these lodges have in their advantage - as they were government hotels before - they have prime location as their trump card.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Braintree
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This review covers our recent safari in Tanzania covering Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, all of which are the prime areas for spotting game. Whilst each area is good in its own way, the Serengeti, some 16000 sq kms. of plains and forests is a paradise for animals..... it is no wonder that these places are referred to as the Garden of Eden; it is no exaggeration.
We stayed in the Ngogrongoro Wildlife Lodge to start, with breathtaking views over the Crater itself, followed by the Lobo Lodge, the Seronara Wildlife Lodge, Lake Manyara Hotel and Boundary Hill Lodge. All these places have great facilities, good buffet food, excellent service and each have there own unique appeal.
The safari tour was organised by East African Safari Company ( EASTCO) and the owner Simon King. Initially we were very reluctant to part with large sums of money wire transferred to someone we knew little about, but fortunately our bravery was rewarded with one of our best holidays ever! Everything went to plan, and our guide Cosmos was very knowledgeable, very attentive and a thoroughly delightful man. Do ask for him, although we understand that Edward and Ezekiel are excellent too!
Animals...... yes, we saw them in droves! The big 5, three times over!!!
There are many, many tour companies operating in the area, but we suspect than none gave the same overall value as EASTCO......my wife and I would recommend them to everybody.
Thanks again Simon and Cosmos

Room Tip: All these lodges have good facilities and rooms
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Turin, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We arrived at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge directly from lake manyara and stay for 2 nights; the first approach, at the reception, was not so good; Ok, we get our welcome drink, ma the receptionist was very.... unfriendly... look loke we was not welcome..... then we checked-in and we got the second room in the corridor; this is another thing you should try to avoid; everybody will pass ahead of your door and the noise of the lounge (included the masai-chillout music) will drive your fall asleep...
The room are not bad, a bit chill, but the amzing view on the crater will pay your stay... but remember... you will probably leave the room at 7.30 in the morning and be back at 18.00... so not much time to enjoy the panorama...
The restaurant is not bad; 'self service' approach, with some fresh coocked dishes;
personally we do not appreciated the ambiance of the loung- restaurant, one big room with furnitures in 'ethnic-mountain-modern-suisse' style... nothing to do with Africa, very noise as always crowded of people... but food is OK, and good choiche of wine-beer at reasonable price is available.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms at the end of corridor, they are quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The location of the lodge is incredible. View from the balcony is breath stopping as is the view from the rooms.
The facilities are nice and quite fancy and resemble those of a western hotel.

However, the rooms are nice but basic. Walls are very thin and you can hear people walking around. I therefore recommend to stay on the 2nd floor and far from the entrance.
The toilet was a bit noisy and hard to flush.
Food was less than average and the bar was relatively expensive.

Also, there is no electricity or hot water before 5pm (sometimes a bit later) so i'd factor that into your arrival time.

If you're staying for one night and want to enjoy the amazing view of the crater, and know what to expect, I'd recommend this place. If you are looking for something more relaxing \ less commercial \ good dinning, there might be better options.

Oh, and bring something warm to wear at night (on the balcony and maybe also in bed).

Room Tip: Walls are very thin and you can hear people walking around. I therefore recommend to stay on the 2nd...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Petah Tiqwa, HaMerkaz, Israel
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

no electriciy or hot water before this hour, and after long-showerless days in the serengeti all you want is a hot shower and to charge your phone.
we stayed 2 nights, both arrivals were at 15:30-16:30, and we felt a bit annoyed.
The view is amazing, i can recommend not to stay in a room close to the entrance, we stayed at the very end of the corridor, room 65 if i remember correctly, and it was quiet and nice.
The balcony is amazing, bring some long sleeves shirts, something warmer than usual, the high altitude make a big temp difference.
nice fireplace, really good food. amazing comparing to other kinds of things we ate on our trip.
ROCK HARD BEDS. ROCK.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is dramatically perched on the rim of Africa’s Eden, affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above the sea level. The Lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood and timber, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the crater’s great bowl. ... more   less 
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