Accommodations: Italian Renaissance meets African safari. If you can’t fall in love with your spouse/significant other here all over again, it probably is never going to happen. The service here is what a five star should be – roaring fire awaiting you with a glass of sherry after dinner, a bathtub filled with bubble bath and the floor covered in roses, your own personal butler to attend to your special needs, and the bed warmed by an electrical blanket awaiting your arrival. The décor is really something to see in of itself. The rooms are very large with multiple decks overlooking the crater and much of the walls are paneled in hardwood. WiFi is available only in the common area and is a bit slow especially for larger files.
Activities/Game drives: Ours was done privately with Peter. Although you are going to see just about everything you can imagine, you should be aware that during high season this is a very busy area. The day of one of the black rhino sightings there were no less than 70 vehicles at the site jostling for position. The vehicles are required to stay strictly on the roads, so no tracking of the animals is allowed. The picnic areas, although nice, are jam packed during lunch.
Dining: Both nights we were seated in front of a roaring fire (this area gets chilly) and service was attentive, well paced, and the food well conceived, constructed and assembled. On one evening the electricity went out and service continued without a hitch.
Final recommendation: This is a wonderful place for a two night stay – you’re probably not going to get more bang for your buck by doing game drives for more than two days in this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of fresh roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breathtaking views from all around. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Crater Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Hotel Ngorongoro Crater