Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Reviews of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 24 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 24 of our travellers who have visited Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from the Lake District UK
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

It's hard to find words to describe this lodge, The various cottages set amongst the trees was reminiscent of Africa's version of Hobiton in the Shire. However, once inside your cottage/suite and the main lodge, then it's pure luxury, albeit somewhat odd. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

On arrival we had a late afternoon game drive and the following day we decided to make it a full day. Lunch was taken at one of the regular picnic spots close to a lake. Whilst Peter, our guide, was setting out the food we saw some nearby zebra suddenly make a dash for higher ground. It turned out that there was a female lion about 150 mtrs away, amongst some rocky ground, that had been stalking the zebras.. There was a large number of vehicles and people in the area for a picnic and nobody was bothered at all, most trying to get better photographs. Amazing. The biggest problem was a black kite trying to snatch your food.

Highlight of the day was a pack of lions taking a buffalo. Our vehicle was one of the first to witness the whole event from start to finish. By the end there were over sixty 4x4's lined up along the crater track!

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Mr & Mrs M. from Gloucester
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

To be honest we had a bit of a problem with this place. It is billed as being opulent but we had not expected a hotel in Tanzania to be quite so OTT. Quirky for sure, a bit like the Hobbit meets Louis 14th. Somewhat unusual rooms from the outside, with completely OTT heavy French style furnishings inside. The rooms had a fire place and seating corner with free bar around that, a big bed (very comfortable) but we had to tell them not to keep heating the room as it was plenty warm enough already.

We were allocated a butler whose job was to look after us and a few other rooms. Not many rooms were occupied and so there was no problem with service although we were not entirely comfortable with him. The room manageress and lodge manager and butler turned out to meet us when we arrived and to say goodbye when we left - clearly looking for tips (I don't mind tipping but don't like being pressured about it).

The thing that irked the most, was that we returned from an interesting safari to find a huge bath full of hot water. Unrequested. I am sure they think this is good service, but this is a real waste of water in a country that can ill-afford that, and a waste of energy to heat it. Then we found that it was still hot an hour later which meant that the bath itself was heated. If you did or did not use it, the water was wasted and it was not a small amount. Multiply this by all the rooms and it is hardly environmentally friendly. By all means ask first, but don't waste water for no reason.

The hotel did not re-use towels or make much attempt to save energy at all as far as we could tell.

The restaurant was in the main building, also quirky and heavily furnished. Food was good and dinner was served after pre-dinner drinks together with our guide for the next day.

The crater experience itself was very interesting and unlike a 'normal' safari in that the animals are somewhat captive in the crater. Given that this was the low season, there were more than enough vehicles at most wildlife sightings. It must be terrible in the high season. We did have a great day however and credit to our excellent guide for that. He really was very good.

Overall we would say that two nights here were plenty with one day on safari. For the hotel - sorry, not for us. Was it good - yes, very. Was it an eco hotel - a big no. Did we feel comfortable there - not really. Who is it aimed at - not entirely sure. Would we recommend it to others - we don't think so. All a bit of a contradiction so pretty hard to rate below

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Ms D. from London
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unique lodge on the crater rim

Unusual design for a game lodge - the interior is a combination of several African and European styles - it sort of works, but I suspect is not for everyone. Delightful service from the team, especially the management who dealt with a possible change in itinerary very efficiently. Superb guide (Kitoi) - charming and knowledgeable, very warm with the children. Charming and helpful butler.

Great game viewing, although a little frustrating (but understandable) that the roads are limited so it's not always possible to get close to all the animals. I would suggest that unless you are a really avid game watcher, 2/3 game drives is enough in the Crater as the area is much smaller than the wide expanse of a game park.

Extremely bumpy 1hr ride down to the lodge and very dusty - not an issue for us but other travellers may need to know this!

Cold at night and we did not think that the rooms were warm enough in the evening. They are large spaces and a fire in one corner is not quite sufficient. This might be an issue for more sensitive travellers going at this time of year.

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Family H - Vancouver
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Over-the top on the Rim

This is a quirky over-the-top lodge sitting on the Rim of the crater.

Beautiful views down into the crater from your huge room with amazing soaker tub. Luxurious setting and accommodation. The staff and service were amazing. It is a more traditional feeling lodge (in a "Dr Seuss meets safari" kind of way).

Definately a unique experience!

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Mrs & Mr B - California
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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I would advise friends to not spend 3k a night if atmosphere and view is not the be all!....end all...for their Safari experience. It's a lot of money. At that price it can be a disappointment.

It was absolutely beautiful and had magic in the ambiance...view... The food was almost great. Staff not as personal. I know park fee are more in the crater so that plays a part in the price.

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Mr & Mrs H from Guernsey
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

An amazing location. We were disappointed with the room which was dark and cold until the log fire was lit each evening while we at dinner. The balcony didn't appear to be appropriately maintained.

The staff were pleasant and attentive but the tipping culture felt too overt.

To balance our review I did receive a very special birthday cake and enjoyed listening to the choir which was a generous and thoughtful touch.

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Mr & Mrs W from Wales
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning hotel

Absolutely fabulous in every way.

The staff were fantastic, incredible attention to detail. And a perfect hotel for a honeymoon - we got back from our safari to find a bath had been run for us surrounded by rose petals and with champagne on ice!

The food was second to none and the service outstanding. Would love to back to celebrate our wedding anniversary

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Mr D & Ms G - London
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

Although we were the only guests in the lodge, everyone put themselves out to make our stay memorable, including putting rose petals around our dining table and putting on a show just for us.

Although most guests stay just two nights here, we would have preferred to stay for three nights and perhaps go on a walking safari and have some time to relax.

A splendid location which sadly we were not able to appreciate fully, even though we did manage three trips into the crater itself.

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Mr & Mrs R - London
Arrived on: 30-Dec-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

Absolutely amazing all round. The location, decor, vibe, service, food, wine, guides, view. All fantastic. One of the best places we've ever stayed in the world. The game drive is slightly controlled and limited when compared to Serengeti/Selous but a great intro to safari for us as a first stop! Even had a Masai performance on New Year's Eve which was brilliant!

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Mr & Mrs H - Australia
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

Ngorongoro is a must do but we would not visit again. Too crowded and limited range.

The lodge was amazing - way over the top but a fantastic experience.

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