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Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Cape Town, South Africa
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“Fantastic setting, friendly staff”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Rooms a bit basic, bathroom minute (extractor fan did not work). Fantastic view over the crater/caldera, friendly staff (had a long chat to the very friendly Indian chef). Buffalo grazed right under our window during the night.

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Lorne, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed here in April 2013, the view was well worth the stay, the lodge was priced to suit. Its closeness to the main road made it handy as well.
The rooms are simple and the dining room is large but the food was plentiful and tasty.
It is worth staying here for the views and the walk we did in the forest, we felt quite safe with the armed ranger.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Fantastic location and views from bedrooms and balcony, but I agree with the reviewer who said that the views are not enough. The lodge lacks atmosphere and needs updating. The dining room was more like a huge cafeteria packed with people. Food is plentiful but average. Staff did not smile. Overall for the money spent it was very disappointing.

Room Tip: All rooms have great views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge for a single night, on our Ngorongoro-Serengeti safari. The lodge is literally perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater and provides breath-taking views of this natural wonder. The rooms are ok. Don’t expect any big city hotel luxuries though. No room service. Don't really need it anyway. No air-conditioning, this is ok, as during the day you'll most likely be out and about and the temperature drops at night, so its not uncomfortably hot. No TV in the rooms. There is one big screen TV in the lounge. If it really bothers you that there is no TV in the rooms then you need to revaluate the whole point of an African safari. I did think it was a big classless to find, some hotel staff gathered around the TV lounge when we passed by on our way to dinner. If you need to iron any clothes, you must call housekeeping and they will do it for you. The dinner and breakfast we had provided a decent buffet selection. Overall a decent experience.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Leonding, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This lodge is one of the disapponting lodges in Tanzania. The view is extraordinary, but the rest got stuck in socialistic times.
The room is ok, relatively small with a huge window front with the view into the crater. It was cold, as most of the times in this Region and the room was not heated. This made us feel very uncomfortable. The balcony is nice, the dining room is like a train Station and Food is really not overwhelming. But you don`t starve anyway. The staff didn`t seem to be motivated and for African circumstances was Kind of unfriendly. No smile on the faces. During dinner a Music Combo played Music without any motivation or emphasis and as they played "Jingle bells" end of October we decided to got to bed where we couldn`t sleep as it was very cold. Drinks very very expensive! There are better lodges at the crater for the same Price.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Given that this lodge is cheaper than just about everything else at the crater and by a margin we did not have high hopes. We were absolutely delighted by our experience. As self-drivers we were a bit unusual but they did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. The food was good, not fantastic, but well above the average of our trip.

I note a previous reviewer commented on it not having US standards, true, I was never invited to have a nice day, instead they did everything in their power to ensure that we did.

The room was clean and had the most fantastic view of the crater possible. It would be worth staying here for the view alone.I have travelled a fair bit but would suggest it is a contender for the best hotel view I have ever seen. We also welcomed the provision of a bath as well a shower. Also the reliable electric supply rather than the solar alternatives that leaves one squinting if one tries to read.

The hotel is decorated in sixties style which may sound off putting but it has been done to such a high standard with Italian art work that it is a gem.

If we ever returned to the crater we would be back there without hesitation.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northern Virginia
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Stayed here for one night...this place has a lot going for it...but also has alot of areas it can improve.
Pros:
1. Fabulous view from the viewing deck into the crater. As it gets darker they light up the viewing deck nicely (pretty place to hang out, even though the view is no longer visible when its dark--as long as you're dressed warmly)
2. Large comfortable lounge area, conveniently right indoor from viewing deck and next door to dining area
3. The rooms have views too. You can see it as long as there is light out
4. Rooms are decently clean, if a bit dated
Cons:
1. OMG. That was THE MOST uncomfortable bed I have ever slept on! Thank the gods it was only one night. The other lodges in the 'Wildlife' chain didn't have beds as bad as this. Ive been camping and I'd choose a sleeping bag and Thermarest sleep pad over this bed! We didn't sleep well--at all--and it was such a big detractor that if this bed was better I'd give it a star back on the review.
2. The shower water--It never really got hot--lukewarm at best. We weren't too picky we actually showered with the cold water and and made do w/o complaint (I've showered with freezing cold stream water before) but this is still a negative I can see bothering lots of people
3. Service--the attitude varies from uncaring to blase. Nobody was rude exactly, but there was a strong 'I don't care' vibe.
4. Rooms dated, sort of dim. Aside from the bed, everything else about the room was fine, nothing fancy. But you could feel the age. Just some simple TLC and upkeep would do wonders. Oil some hinges so it doesn't squeak so loud, give the wood a shine again, things like that can take years off a place's image.

Food was fine--I wouldn't put it under a pro but neither is it a detractor. It is adequate. The packed lunchboxes they provide are also adequate, though carb-heavy. Croissant, slices of cake, boiled egg, banana, fruit, samosas...
I also had read comments about it being 'freezing'...i over prepared with fleece pants and everything. You'll want long sleeve pajamas and pants but no need to get thermals or other special coldweather clothing necessary. standard long sleeves long pants for bedtime. For walking around the hotel after safari, a nice warm fleece and long trousers. Don't need a jacket or parka or anything.

Overall, its meets your basic needs--bathroom, place to sleep (however awful), food,and you are rewarded with excellent views. But to take this place from standard to great doesn't need much: get some better mattresses first off. ongoing maintenance of the rooms--no full on renovation needed, some polish, oiling and maybe caulking in the bathrooms. And smile a little more.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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