andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

How to Get There

A number of airlines operate twice-daily scheduled flights from Arusha—northern Tanzania’s tourism capital—to Lake Manyara airstrip. Transfers to the lodge take about 90 minutes in closed game-viewing vehicles.

What to Expect


An on-site doctor and well-stocked clinic is available to guests. As ticks can be found in Africa’s wilderness areas, guests are advised to wear long trousers, socks, and boots to avoid getting bitten when going on bush walks. Prior to departure, guests should seek a doctor’s advice about taking precautions against malaria.


All lodge guests receive a detailed safety briefing. Staff members escort guests to and from their rooms after dark, as wildlife roams freely and there are no fences around the lodge. Each guest room includes a fire extinguisher and a briefing on what to do in case of a fire. andBeyond provides emergency evacuation insurance with Flying Doctor Services to all guests. Personal travel insurance is also recommended.


Free Wi-fi is available in all guest rooms and common areas.

Weather and Seasons

October to March is summer in northern Tanzania, and April to September is winter. Year-round temperatures range from around 42 ̊ to 86 ̊F (8 ̊ to 30 ̊C). Rain occurs predominantly in November, April, and May. Dress in layers for game drives, as temperatures heat up mid-day.


Most international visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained at the Tanzanian embassy in your country prior to travel (recommended) or at the airport upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and have at least two consecutive blank visa pages.

What to Bring

Mornings and evenings on the crater rim are often cool and misty, so dress in layers and avoid dark colors, which attract mosquitos and tsetse flies. Luggage should be packed in a soft duffel bag with no wheels or hard frame. The weight limit for Tanzanian travel is a maximum of 33 pounds (15 kilograms), including hand luggage. Be sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries for your camera, as they are not readily available in East Africa. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are not permitted, and Tanzania does not accept U.S. dollar bills printed prior to 2006, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills during that time in East Africa.

Suggested Packing List

  • Long and short-sleeved shirts
  • Pants and shorts
  • Fleece or sweater
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat or visor
  • Sandals
  • Lightweight hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Binoculars

Traveling with Family

Children age 8 and older are welcome at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Kids can participate in the WILDChild program, which includes learning woodcarving in a woodcarver’s workshop, planting seedlings in the tree nursery, trying out beadwork and archery, baking cupcakes with the lodge chefs, and playing soccer with the lodge’s official soccer team. Note: The lodge grounds are open to wildlife, so children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Babysitting services are available at an added cost.

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