The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is a former government hotel, and is one of the oldest on the crater rim. Renovated in 2008 it offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges, lying on the southern rim of the crater, directly above the yellow fever trees of the Lerai Forest. The 75 rooms are comfortable and pleasantly furnished with windows facing the crater.
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 Wildlife Lodge stands on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater within the larger Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, which lies south-east of the Serengeti National Park, 165 kms from Arusha.
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is
• 20 minutes from the landing airstrip for domestic airlines.
• 185 km from Arusha (1.30 hours' drive)
• 295 km from Namanga (Kenyan border)
• 410 km from Nairobi
• 60 km from Lake Manyara Hotel (45 minutes' drive)
• 145 km from Seronera Wildlife Lodge (3.30 hours' drive)
• 225 km from Lobo Wildlife Lodge
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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
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge has 75 rooms, all with crater views (ensuite bathrooms, central heating, mosquito nets, additional beds, baby cots). A series of suites are also offered. Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge offers a TV lounge (satellite TV), informative videos, boutique, library, airstrip (adjacent to lodge). Reception offers telephone and communication services.
Tanzania luxury safari lodge: dining and bars
The main Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge restaurant serves a wide selection of buffet meals (international and local cuisine). The Rhino Lounge Bar offers stunning views over the crater (telescope provided on the patio terrace).
Conference and event facilities at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge offers specific conference facilities and 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 Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
This Tanzania lodge makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination. The lodge also offers wedding and honeymoon packages.
Child-friendly facilities at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
What to see and do at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
• Sundowners on the rim of the crater, full English breakfast on the floor of the crater.
• Picnic lunch by the hippo pools on the crater floor.
• Early morning breakfast on the crater floor
• Maasai dance and theatre nightly
• Visits to Maasai villages and cattle markets
• The lodge works closely with the surrounding Maasai community and offers visits to Maasai manyattas and handicraft centres. Traditional Maasai dance displays are held regularly. The Lodge is also within easy reach of Ol Duvai Gorge, the paleolithic site and reputed ‘birthplace of mankind'.
Safari lodge experiences in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Ngorongoro Wildlife 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. Ngorongoro Wildlife 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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