Have just returned from a 3 week tour around Africa which included the ngorongoro crater lodge. This was a starting point for our adventure and as others have mentioned the trip to the crater is long and bumpy but its all an adventure. The lodge (we were in north camp) is lovely and the rooms best described as opulent. The service from the personal butler and game driver Noel was outstanding. Upon arrival we were asked of any dietary issues and pointed out my husband does not eat seafood or pork. Unfortunately 2 nights in a row seafood was the main choice on the menu with the 2nd option not that enticing. Little dissappointing that an alternative was not offered given their original enquiry. That aside we were there for the game drives not to stuff our faces so lets get on with it. They have closed the road next to the lodge which enters the crater so now it is a good 40 minute drive around a very bumpy dusty road with many other tour vehicles to access the crater. The crater itself is stunning however whilst they may have a good variety of animals it felt more like a zoo than the wild. Vehicles are restricted to the many dirt roads and upon sighting of animals you are quickly met by up to 30 other vehicles all jostling for position and photos (and this we were told was the quiet season). The lions for eg. are so used to the cars in the midday sun they come and lie in the shade of the vehicles. Yes it is the wild and I do not chance my luck by walking around outsdide the vehicle however it was not the safari experience I was expecting that came later (see other reviews). We visited a local masai village and took books pencils etc and the villages were very friendly and showed us around and explained their culture how they build their huts etc. this was very interested. In summary to see the crater which I had seen on many documentaries over the years was wonderful and breathtaking however I would suggest to other travellers do not detour to see it. If you are in the vicinity yes check it out however the costs for transfers accommodation etc for this detour did not add up to a good financial choice for us leaving us wanting more. I am glad that I have seen the crater however would not return.
- 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