This lodge located on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater offers stunning views of the crater (Caldera?). We stayed here for two nights. The check-in process was painless. We got the upper level rooms we had requested. The view from our balcony was breathtaking! I must have taken dozens of pictures of the sunset from our balcony.
The rooms and the hotel itself looks and feels dated. However the rooms are comfortable and clean (they even had a safe in our room). The bar/lounge area is very nice. Entire one side of the area is glass, offering a great view of the crater. The food (breakfast, lunch/picnic lunch/dinner and tea/coffee throughout the day) was good. Enough choice for different tastes. Although the service was good, it lacked the intimacy of the Serena Lodge at Lake Manyara. This is a much bigger lodge with many more guests at any time.
The entertainment in the evening (Masai dance and live music) was a nice touch.
The wi-fi is pretty good in the lounge area.
The location of this lodge trumps everything else-absolutely wonderful.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Serena Safari Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area