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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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“Very good safari lodge”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

It has very good and helpful staff. The food is nice and the settings are also very fine.

The view is great although ther was a fog when we visit.

The room number 18 was really nice as well.

It is very close to the crater so it's only a short drive away.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

What a great view off this hotel .why drive when you can view from tourney the great scenery .this is a wonderful and great place to be true hotel sorrounding is enriched with the environment supurb .wild animals at your sight view all round is great the staffs not to mention second to none woooouu! Sunset what a view ?time wasHort sadly I had to leave but..... I shall be back sooonest

Room Tip: Well close your eye for all rooms are great with supurb views
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

Like the Grand Canyon this is one big hole in the ground but in a different hemisphere withe a totally different grandeur. This lodge looks out your vernda at one of the worlds grandees spectaculars. You can set and watch the Africa animals pass before your view. Service is like nothing else..... The help waits on you hand and foot.

Nothing is spared to make your stay one you will not forget!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The most amazing part of this lodge is the view of the Ngorongoro Crater. The exterior blends well into the natural surroundings. The food was good, not gourmet, but good. Live local acrobatic act in the bar area before the dinner hour. We did not have time to enjoy the pool, and the weather was cool and rainy for pool time.

Room Tip: All have stunning views of the crater.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

There is no other place to stay if you are going to Ngorongoro Crater. It is truly an amazing view that is captured in this beautiful hotel atop the ridge of the crater. From the dining hall - you overlook the crater, see the sunset, from either inside or outside. Each room has a balcony which faces the crater. We were able to watch Masai children leading their cattle into the crater and shortly thereafter, and an elephant only about 40 meters away was walking and eating from various plant life. The feel of the hotel is authentic in that there are wooden paths from one area to the other and there are Masai women who try to sell you things and others who are performing Masai dances during the evening hours. The crater itself is enormous and you will not leave without having seen various wildlife - from lions, hyenas, flamingos, to elephants, buffalo, and a million other sorts of animals. Many lions will come right up to the vehicles looking for shade. You will have some of the most amazing photos if you come to this crater, and you will have a wonderful visit if you stay at the Serena Lodge. Comfort, View, Location, Excellent food and service - what more could one want?

Room Tip: I believe that ALL rooms are with the amazing view of the crater.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Personally I found the atmosphere a bit cheesy, like on a cruise boat. Obviously most people will like it... the happy hours with the finger food, the waiters everywhere, the lineup for the buffet... For me, what made the difference was the view! This is what they sell on their web site and man are they correct! The way our room was directed, we had a direct view of the sunrise over the rim of the crater. Totally magical!

Being on the rim and close to the road that goes down the crate is also a big bonus. They were some maintenance on one of the road to the bottom, so for some people, it meant an extra 30 to 45 minutes extra drive.

Finally, the Serena is the best place to stay for Ngorongoro.... until a newer and closer to the road to the bottom is build on the rim... and that might never happen!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

It was built on the rim of the crater and it was built entirely of lava rock - every surface was covered by rock - inside and out. I was blown away by the massiveness of it all. It was beautiful. It offered all the amenities and comfort and service of all the other Serena lodges we stayed in. An excellent "chain" of lodges in Tanzania. I highly recommend any one of them. Ignore the ratings - it doesn't work.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 37 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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