Karatu, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
Tloma Lodge is a small lodge situated in Karatu, in the Ngorongoro Highlands Area. Though not on the rim of the crater itself, the lodge stands on the raised shoulder of valley and offers magnificent views across extensive coffee plantations to the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. Built in the style of a colonial coffee- plantation, the lodge is surrounded by mature gardens.
The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres).
Due to the high concentration of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most visited sites (400,000 visitors in 2007). The Ngorongoro Crater is part of the larger Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
Tanzania luxury safari lodge: location
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which lies south-east of the Serengeti National Park, 165 kms from Arusha. The lodge can be reach by road from Arusha (a journey of approximately two hours. Internal flights land at Lake Manyara airstrip (a 25 minute flight from Arusha's Kilimanjaro International Airport. Flights also connect to the Serengeti.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 1959, most of it having previously belonged to the now contiguous Serengeti National Park. The Ngorongoro Crater is only one of many natural attractions that are contained within the vast boundaries (8,300 sq km) of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. These include both dormant and active volcanoes, soaring mountains, archaeological treasures, rolling plains, rivers, forests, lakes and shifting sand dunes whilst almost half of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is made up of vast tracts of open grassland, which swing in a vast arc stretching from the Serengeti in the northwest through the Gol Mountains to the Salei Plain in the northeast.
Close (20kms) to the centre of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is Olduvai Gorge, the ‘Cradle of Mankind', where the remains of our earliest ancestors, the hominids, were found.
Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari highlights
The Ngorongoro Crater hosts a large population of ungulates and high numbers of predators, particularly lion. The only absentees from the usual East African large mammals are the giraffe, impala and female and young elephants.
Tanzania luxury safari lodge: accommodation
Tloma Lodge offers 20 spacious ensuite cottages, built in the colonial style and surrounded by peaceful mature gardens. Each room has a large private verandah, mosquito nets and telephone.
Tanzania luxury safari lodge: dining and bars
Tloma Lodge has a central interior dining room and bar, meals can also be served privately on the exterior decks of the cottages.
Conference and event facilities at Tloma Lodge
Tloma Lodge does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. Tanzania lodge incentives can also be arranged within the Ngorongoro Crater or the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Weddings and honeymoons at Tloma Lodge
This Tanzania lodge makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination. The lodge also offers wedding and honeymoon packages.
Child-friendly facilities at Tloma Lodge
Tloma Lodge welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
What to see and do at Tloma Lodge
The lodge has its own swimming pool and internet access. Guided walks are offered in the surrounding region. Cultural walks also offer an insight into the local Wairak culture. Massages can be provided.
Safari lodge experiences in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Tloma Lodge include: morning or afternoon tours of the Ngorongoro Crater, safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides) around the crater rim, safari bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the lodge safari campfire and guided safari walks around the crater rim, visits to view ancient rock art. Tloma Lodge also offers ornithological tours, cultural performances and visits to the local Maasai people of Tanzania.
Tanzania safari lodge experiences around the Ngorongoro Crater
Wildlife and cultural venues in the vicinity of the lodge and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area include:
• Ol Duvai Gorge - world renowned paleolithic site
• The Serengeti National Park
• Lake Manyara National Park
• The nearby Empaki volcanic crater
• Tarangire National Park
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