We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this place. The food was well-prepared and well-served. Rooms had a nice rustic feel but amenities were entirely modern. My main beef was the internet access; it was restricted to the lounge and reception areas, not accessible in the rooms. At least we did not have to pay an additional fee like in some of the other places we stayed.
Another quibble was the walking safari, our guide (whose name slips my mind now) was mediocre and throughout the hour-long hike, appeared to be quite disconnected from the task. Only the spectacular views made it worth the $15 we were charged. Get ready to be winded though - I was initially puzzled at how taxing the hike was until I remembered that walking uphill at 7000 feet above sea level is always going to be a task for the non-acclimatized hiker.
The view of the crater is stunning but it's deceptive. It is absolutely impossible to appreciate, from the lodge, the quantities and diversity of wildlife resident on the crater floor.
On our way out, we felt more grateful for the skills and experience of our driver when we came upon an upturned jeep balanced precariously at the edge of the road. Our driver explained that inexperienced drivers navigating their way down the crater rim on the early-morning, mist-shrouded roads often make mistakes with consequences like what we saw.
This is a lodge we will definitely choose on our next trip to the area.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Jovago.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Orbitz and HotelQuickly so you can book your Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Serena Safari Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area