We stayed for two nights at NCL at it was overall amazing. Firstly i would like to point out its not 400 usd per night, but rather about 600 usd per person per night. so 1,200 usd, at least during high season, if you are two people.
Secondly, when we booked we were not told the difference between the camps, and there is a huge difference. About a month before going, I read one of the reviews on trip advisor and immediately called my guide and said i did not want to stay in tree camp. he said i was booked into tree camp and that he couldnt move me because there were waitlists for north and south camp. when we arrived we were taken to our room in tree camp and it was smaller, had virtually no view and was very dark. the dining room is also smaller than the other two and not nearly as grand. i felt like i was in a pit and said they needed to switch me. after telling me this wasnt a possibility because the other two camps were booked, they finally switched us as i was demanding to leave the hotel a day early.
when we arrived at north camp there was a huge difference, the rooms were double the size with the most spectacular views ever. and the dining area was great, bright and you would go to dinner every night and meet lots of people...very social. north and south camp each have 12 rooms, tree camp has 6. tree camp used to be more expensive (dont ask why) and i would say only stay there if you would rather be in a more private area where you saw fewer people and wanted a dark, smaller room with a small view...in my view depressing. my husband actually didnt believe me that tree camp was more expensive and when we were taken to our room in north camp he was asking how much more he was going to have to pay for that room!! he didnt believe it was the same price given how much nicer it was.
the safari into the crater is a must to see, but agree one trip is enough. you cant go offroad (like you can at kleins camp, another ccafrica property thats amazing), and every time there is a lion there are about 10 cars standing around to see it...so you feel a bit like you are in africa disney world...but combine it with a trip to kleins camp and its good to see for a day...we visited the massai village as well and although they like to scam you for every dollar you have, we found it pretty interesting (though they have worked out the whole tourist situation).
- 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