andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: About

Located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Like a box seat in a fabled opera house, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits on the rim of the world’s largest intact caldera, offering sweeping views over one of Africa’s most unforgettable landscapes: a primordial place of rich grazing grounds for elephants, zebras, rare black rhinos, and seas of pink flamingos. The lodge is unforgettable too: its design draws together African textures—banana-leaf ceilings, mud brick, thatched-palm roofs—and ornate French baroque interiors that sparkle with gilt mirrors and beaded chandeliers. After a day on safari in the crater or exploring the rim on foot, guests return to relax in this elegant aerie, still enveloped in the mystique of the legendary Ngorongoro landscape.

Highlights

  • After an exciting day on safari, retreat to your guest suite and soak up sunset views over the crater while unwinding in a hot bubble bath, drawn by your private butler.
  • Sit down to a picnic lunch on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater in the midst of giraffes, zebras, and quirky warthogs.
  • Enjoy sundowner cocktails and experience the rhythms of the Maasai people during a drum performance on the crater rim.
  • Join the resident naturalist on a walk along the crater’s edge, and learn about the medicinal value of the indigenous trees grown from seed in the on-site nursery.
  • Explore the Olduvai Gorge—also known as the cradle of mankind—where famed National Geographic explorers Mary and Louis Leaky discovered Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus.

Why We Love This Lodge

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is no silent witness to its surrounding eco-systems: it is actively engaged in efforts to preserve them. “Doing well by doing good” is the mantra here, and it extends to habitat restoration, as well as support for local communities. An example of both: a lodge butler has become the crater’s de facto naturalist, and his extensive knowledge of local botany has led to a partnership between the lodge and park authorities, who seek his guidance in managing invasive plants. Thanks in part to his efforts, the lodge has also cultivated more than 55,000 trees in its nursery over the past decade, helping to spearhead local reforestation efforts.

Guests aren’t the only ones getting an up-close view of this extraordinary wilderness: the lodge provides accommodations for wildlife researchers who come to study the crater. They also work with the non-profit Africa Foundation to bring Maasai children on safari here, building their awareness of ecotourism in hopes that conservation efforts will continue far into the future.

Lodge Features

  • 30 guest suites across three intimate camps, each with sweeping crater views from every room
  • Private butler service
  • Three individually decorated sitting and dining areas
  • Elegant wine store staffed by a dedicated wine expert
  • Safari shop stocked with crafts, where Maasai women demonstrate their beadwork
  • Free Wi-fi in all common areas and guest suites
  • Exercise equipment available in rooms
  • In-room massage services
  • Free laundry service

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit on a National Geographic expedition. At andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, National Geographic guests are invited to join a resident naturalist on a walk along the crater’s edge, and then learn about the medicinal value of the indigenous trees grown from seed in the on-site nursery.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Andrew Harper, Hideaway Report: Readers’ Choice, Best Safari Lodges & Camps, 2016
  • Luxury Travel Magazine, Gold List Awards: Finalist in the Best Overseas Romantic Property category, 2016
  • Condé Nast Traveler: Readers’ Choice Awards, Top 30 Resorts in Africa, 2015
  • World Travel Awards: Tanzania’s Leading Safari Lodge, Africa & Indian Ocean, 2015

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