The eight luxury tents are scattered amongst a thick grove of acacia trees. Lemala Ngorongoro offers great charm and luxury in a delightful prime location on the rim of the crater.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Crater Lodge is in a class of its own. Perched on the rim of the crater it is Tanzania's most opulent lodge. It is a place of panelled walls, roaring fires, chandeliers and liveried staff. For a night or two's stay it is an experience not to be missed.
There are three separate camps in Crater Lodge; North Camp, with 12 rooms, South Camp with 12 rooms and Tree Camp with six rooms. The camps are quite separate and each have their own main lodges and adjacent rooms. In each lodge you will find a sumptuous living room with roaring fire, velvet sofas, rich rugs and antique tables laden with sherry decanters, crystal, bronze statues and old books. Across the panelled hall is a dining room, positively sparkling with starched white tablecloths, gleaming silver and menus full of three course meals. Each room has a large central chandelier made by the Maasai.
Set on the lip of the crater, all the rooms are large and richly furnished. A panelled hall leads first into a bedroom and living room. Leather armchairs stand in front of the open log fire, king sized velvet beds stand under elaborate headboards and raw silk curtains hang from the vast windows. There are baths and showers in the bathroom and outside a large veranda has stunning views of the crater.
At night, zebra often come up to the lodge to graze and thus you are surrounded by wildlife from sunrise to sunset. Whilst staying at the crater please be very cautious of the buffalo which sometimes graze around the lodge, they are wild and so can sometimes be dangerous.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Highlands is a uniquely designed camp that offers a completely different experience within the Ngorongoro Highlands, focusing on exploring more of the surrounding wilderness that's well away from the traditional tourist track.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Ngorongoro Crater is home to a large population of resident game and one of the highest concentrations of predators in Africa. It's home to all big game, including rhino, although sightings are not guaranteed.