Stayed two nights in this unusually built and ethically beautiful lodge. Located at the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater with a breath-taking view of the crater and many animals that inhabit it (viewed through a telescope, located in the hotel) The thick undergrowth below the rooms, has a warning not to venture out without an armed escort and should be taken very seriously. I found Cape Buffalo within a few feet of me, grazing just below the stone balcony of the hotel...took some amazing photos.
The rooms are ethnically decorated and have murals on the walls depicting various animals. The lounge/restaurant/bar areas are welcoming and even provide some local entertainment at night.The temperature drops drastically at night and one needs to be well clad. I was pleasantly surprised on entering my room after dinner, to find it nice and cozy with two oil heaters turned out. A further surprise greeted me when I got into bed....a warm hot water bottle! However a friend got a rude shock when he found a furry warm thing touching his feet in bed...when he jumped out of bed, with alarm, he found that it was merely a friendly hot water bottle!
Would like to recommend to the management of the all the Serena Hotels/Lodges that I stayed in, to please place an electric kettle with some tea bags/coffee, to facilitate a hot cuppa, because all safaris start early and one cannot go to the restaurant to have tea/coffee, return to dress and then go back for breakfast.
A good, clean and comfortable hotel, with ethnic frills...acceptable food and service.
- 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