Upon check in the hotel greeted us with warm towells to wipe off. A very nice touch that was common at our hotels on our limited safari. Check in was easy, but our room reaked of smoke and we returned immediately for a change. They were quick to relocate us and the view, well, how does it get better?! A sweeping view of the crater from above view a window that took up the entire wall cannot be beat. I sat down, grabbed my binoculars and started spotting elephants and herds of buffalo. Wow, if only it were not dusk, I would have stayed there for hours.
Buffet meals are included, and are decent, but nothing great. I can see where some rooms are noisier than others, and you may want to request a room away from the dining area, as possible. Service was good, but not great. I might rate this 3 stars to US standards, but the price was much better than some of the other lodges and given the room had hot running water, a nice bathroom, and a view that was 6 stars on a 5 star scale, I cannot help but move this up to very good. The other nice part is our driver had a place to stay without us needing to pay for special accomodations, that the Crater Lodge wanted. At a fraction of the cost, I would repeat in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is dramatically perched on the rim of Africa’s Eden, affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above the sea level. The Lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood and timber, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the crater’s great bowl. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Wildlife Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Ngorongoro Wildlife Conservation Area