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Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed here for one night on our safari and it was very nice. The view is fantastic looking out over the Crater. That alone is worth the cost of the room. The lodge itself was very nice, the food was fine and the service we experienced was fine too.

It was nice to have a hot shower with good water pressure after camping for several nights. One word of caution though--we had hot water around 5 pm but, later in the evening and the next morning the water was only room temp warm. Don't know if it was a fluke or not, just be forewarned.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed one night during our safari at the lodge. The views from the balcony down into the crater are beautiful and watching the sunrise in the morning is lovely. The rooms are a good size with a bed, dresser and lounge chairs. Food is served buffet style so you will have plenty to choose from. We had just spent three nights in tents, so this has a more hotel feel to it as it was quite busy with people during our stay, but still nice.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

On the rim, fabulous views, simple rooms but that is irrelevant when you have the morning view of the clouds over the crater slowly dissipating as the sun rises.  In the early evening sip wine on the balcony overseeing the crater.  The food was buffet style and good considering it was cooked at scale. Reasonable prices for bottles of wine.  

Room Tip: They all face the rim!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank MayaguezanaPR
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The hotel is nothing to rave about, BUT, after many days in tents and tented camps, this was amazing! The beds are bit stiff, but you will be tired enough, so sleeping is not an issue. The shower, hot water, was a god sent after several days of not having either. I recall sitting under the water for a good 15 minutes, you will too I'm sure!

The food is good, and the bar has everything you need, with drinks fairly cheap, and they take cash or credit card, so that was a nice plus. CC was a 5% extra charge, just FYI.

And the view is amazing, as other reviews point out, it is tough to beat!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We spent out honeymoon travelling across Tanzania in Jan/Feb 2012 and stayed one afternoon and night at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Ngorongoro crater is a beautuful spot and definately worth visiting. However this lodge turned out to be crowded and too far removed from the nature around. We ended up camping on our second viit (way back) at the Simba campsite which was great.
- Large hotel in the middle of nature designed to keep the nature away. They seem to focus on catering to large travel group who try to experience safari from an air-conditioned bus. Small travelers are ignored or treated poorly (only place in Tanzania where I had to return ordered items and complain about the service). Rooms are modest but clean.
- In all honesty, this could be perfect for someone, but we missed the intimacy and nature present in all our other locations.
- On a positive side: The restaurant balcony offers a great view of the Ngorongoron carter

General notes on safari holidays
- Invest on a good binocular and/or better objective for your camera. It will be worth it.
- There will be tse-tse flies, expect to be bitten
- Tanzania has very good cell reception even in the national parks. Only gaps we experienced were in deep valleys around Ngorongoro.
-Tanzania and Kenya both offer great many things to see. However, travelling is different. Kenya has more minibuses and all cars get to drive where they can. Tanzania is more environmental and less touristy because it has more jeeps and national parks have designated drive paths.

Recommended way to design a safari holiday
1. First read about the locations and decide where you’d like to go. Perhaps even plot a travel route
2. Contact a number of local African travel agents with your proposal. Travel forums and online searches yield a good number, I’ve also included our organizer’s contact at the end. Of course you can always engage a travel agent in your local country. This will be easier, but prepare to pay a premium on a standard package.
3. Compare the responses and open discussions with a couple. Most are likely to offer their standard package/route so stick to your guns about where you want to go. However, remember that these people know how long you actually need to transit between places.
4. Bargain about the price. Never take the first offer and clarify what is included (e.g. water, can food allergies be addressed, is the car only for you, etc.)
5. Choose your organizer and book your flight tickets. Most organizers require at least partial payment beforehand and what ever you will pay on-site, will most likely have to happen in cash.

We spend our honeymoon in Tanzani (original plan was to cover Kenya as well) and can warmly recommend our local operators
Kenya – Steenbok safaris & Car Hire / George Kamau Karuku
Tanzania – Arunga Expeditions

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The view is fantastic, but the hotel isn't anything special at all. It's very pricey for what you get, you only pay for the view! The rooms are okay. The food was terrible, mainly leftovers from days before, overcooked pasta and vegetables. The restaurant was like a crowded and noisy school canteen. The service was poor. The staff weren't very helpful, but they were begging for tips.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Maja N
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Staying just on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater is fantastic during daylight, but when it´s dark you can´t see anything of the surroundings and Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge loose some of it´s magic and become a very ordinary hotel. Service could be better, food was all right but nothing more. But as I said, the view is stunning!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Class:2 star — Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 75
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 
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