According to their info sheet, the location is 10km away from Ngorongoro. This is not from the crater itself, but actually from the entrance to the Ngorongoro wildlife protection area. A little bit misleading if you ask me.
The sign at the exit from the tarmac road says the lodge is only 4km away, which may be correct, but the drive over the very bad road takes almost an hour. Or even more if you get lost in the maze of roads in the coffee plantation. The next day the drive back to the tarmac road evidently also takes an hour of your time. This is a huge drawback, especially at the end or the beginning of a full day of safari. Our stay was at the beginning of the dry season, but I cannot imagine the road condition during the height of the wet season: it must be horrible.
After that long drive you expect a location with amazing views, but this is not the case. You get to see the forests on the crater, but not very interesting and far from breathtaking. For me this was not worth the long drive.
Tent could not be closed with a lock or door or anything, like in other lodges. People fearing items could be stolen, should not go here or bring their own lock.
Tent can be cold at night, but a fireplace in the tent an be filled by the friendly Masai staff with glowing hot coal to help keep the tent warm.
Mosquito protection is supposedly not needed due to the high altitude of the location.
Service is OK but not great. Same goes for the food. We did enjoy the hot cocoa we ordered and also the dessert at dinner. Those were very tasty.
OK for this one night, but I would steer clear of it and pick other accommodation in the Ngorongoro area.
- Also Known As:
- Crater Forest Tented Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area