This hotel was stunning. The location, for one, was spectacular. Setting on the rim of the conservation area, the hotel bar and diningroom featured floor to ceiling windows to look out over the crater. Each room had a balcony with a similar view. The rooms themselves were comfortable if not plush. They were clean and large enough, however. This is not a put-down as the amount of time spent there is very small because the rest of the place is so nice. The service was superb. In fact, it became a little annoying at times because the staff paid so much attention to you. They all had smiles and a cheery "Jambo" everytime they saw you. The food was very, very good. It was formal dining with a 5 course meal and desert/cheese and crackers. Again, the service was good. The Bar has 2 fireplaces and numerous plush chairs and couches to relax in. I got a beer and sat with a book in one of the picture windows. Wow.
I can't gush enough about this lodge. Superb and 5 Star comes to mind.
- 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