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.
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.
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.
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