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Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
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York, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Brilliant place”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have just returned to the UK from a Safari and apart from the wildlife, the other major highlight and by far our favourite accommodation was Exploreans near the Ngorongoro Crater. It is a stunning place and very convenient for the crater. The Manager and staff are charming (cannot believe the reviewer earlier that said it was terrible - don't believe this - it is a lovely relaxing place, with good food and wine). It is paradise - even the air is clear and refreshing. Would highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: All beautifully located with large verandas with views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We spent one night at Exploreans on our recent safari and on arrival thought we'd died and gone to heaven! Unfortunately the nature of safari means you are constantly moving on, but we immediately regretted we weren't staying longer. The rooms are super luxurious and spacious - each with its own deck (which we didn't have time to use). The grounds are beautiful, with a (small) swimming pool and deck overlooking fabulous scenery. Service was impeccable, if a little slow - especially at breakfast, when we really wanted to grab something and go. However, dinner was delicious and we made full use of the use of the All Inclusive beers and wines. If you get a change to stay here, don't pass it up!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Eagle, Idaho
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Sadly we only stayed here for one night before going into the crater and then on to a camp but I had to write about this wonderful piece of paradise. There is nothing that the management and staff have forgotten in providing service here.

The cabins are as good as it gets and it makes it hard to believe that you are essentially in the middle of the African "bush" The cabins are very tastefully decorated, large, open and have the best balcony to sit and marvel at the beauty of Africa. They come with a refrigerator that is stocked with drinks and snacks, nice and welcomed touch. I can also report that the lounge on the balcony makes for a great nap before dinner!

Food service whether room service of dining again makes it hard to believe where you are. And is only surpassed by the attentive service of the staff.

Access to the crater is simply and within minutes, we would suggest that you get an early start to avoid the crowds but are reason was that we had a five hour drive afterwards to get to our camp in Udutu.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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california
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Staying at the Exploreans was a great way to end our safari in Tanzania. Super spacious rooms, comfortable beds, great food. The place is beautifully landscaped, you have an amazing deck where you can sit for hours and just soak up the view. Don't hesitate, stay at this lodge when visiting the Crater.

Room Tip: only comment is the pool water is a bit chilly!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I had a fabulous two-night stay at Exploreans in Dec 2012. We used it as a base to visit the Crater. Since it's outside the gate to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), it's only a fraction of the price of the larger hotels of the park -- but far more luxurious. Service at the front desk, restaurant and spa are top-notch, the staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful, the food is excellent and creative (though the wine list is limited), and the gardens are beautiful. I'm a bird watcher and it was fun to walk through the gardens early in the morning to do some birding. It is a bit of a hassle to get into the crater: the lodge is just 5 minutes from the main gate into the NCA but then there's always a bit of a line to get through the gate and check-in point, and then it's another 30 or 40-minute drive to the road that leads down into the crater. Compare that to hotels on the crater room which have only a 10-15 minute drive to the road that leads down to the crater. It's worth it, though. Exploreans is absolutely lovely.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the cabins on the lower level (front row) for a slightly better view from your own pr...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We spent five days at the Lodge - three generations, aged 5 to 75 - and we all appreciated our stay from our own perspective! We chose the hotel not only for its reviews and location, but given that it is an all-inclusive we felt that the food aspect was quite important (when you have little choice, you want it to be good!). We were not disappointed at all - on the contrary each meal had its own ooooh-effect! Stanley, the manager, runs a great team - everybody was so welcoming and made our stay so memorable... from the ladies at the spa to the nice young man at the pool, to the staff in the restaurant etc... Fabulous all of them! We found that they have struck the right balance between small talk and leaving us alone to have our privacy! If I were to say one aspect that i found difficult (not for my son or my husband) was that the pool was a bit chilly (wondering now if it couldn't be easy enough to heat it with solar power...).

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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USA
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a newer lodge with beautiful villas overlooking the crater rim. Each villa is extremely large with a sitting room and separate/bathroom. The balcony is breathtaking, and there is nice furniture and art all around. We enjoyed the complementary beverages in the refrigerator and peanuts. My only complaint is that the mattress on the bed was beyond firm (no give whatsoever). The pool was small, but had a great view, and they even lit the firepit for us one night. The grounds are immaculate and landscaped very well. We celebrated my husband's birthday the first night we were there, and the staff came out with a cake and singing…very nice. The service was over the top trying to be attentive and helpful. It was nice having everything all-inclusive, especially when it came to sundowner time and wine with dinner. The dinner menu was diverse and very good. I ordered the meat entrée every night, and it was very nicely prepared. Wifi was included in our rate, but being able to use it was overly complicated by having to obtain a code each day. It is in a great location - less than 10 minutes from the Ngorongoro crater gate and 30ish minutes to Lake Manyara (which should not be overlooked). We self-drove on our safaris, and to make a long story short we made it back to the lodge basically on fumes. The lodge manager went out to get us a few litres of petrol so we'd be covered for the morning. They even washed our filthy cars. Like I said, way over the top service! We did notice a few growing pains, but they try very hard and that goes a long way in my book.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area 6222, Tanzania (Formerly Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge)
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 50 acres of virgin Tanzanian bush in the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape, this all suites wood log cabin style retreat is located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate and 20 minutes drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater that is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in Africa. This all inclusive property features 20 spacious private log cabins with fire place, a restaurant, a bar and conference facilities. Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or at the Mvua African Rain Spa after a full-day game drive. ... more   less 
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