Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Reviews of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 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.
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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Location Location

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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Mr A. from Madison
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge review

Great location with beautiful vistas of the crater. The rooms and facilitates were eclectic and opulent, not to my own decorating taste but it appeared guests at this lodge were pleased with the style. There was some signs on the interior and exterior of the facilities of ware and tear.

The service was excellent, highly professional and friendly. Our driver/guide was the best we had on the trip.

Animal viewing in the crater was fair to good but the volume of traffic was often a distraction and occasionally annoying. At one lion sighting we counted 20 cars all maneuvering for position.

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Mr & Mrs J from Stourbridge
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A unique experience

A very unique experience, one could never imagine what lay behind the door to our suite, the decore and comfort was amazing complete with our own log fire, glass of Sherry and all the trappings of a luxury home.

The crater is a truly natural phenomenon that never ceases to take your breath away, however we found the amount of vehicles in the crater resembled a circus, but the animals appeared completely unperturbed.

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