Fodor's Expert Review Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Imagine walking into a Hollywood film set where the spectacular setting is literally "Great Zimbabwe ruins meets SS Titanic baroque." Clusters of stilted rooms with woven conical banana-leaf domes and fancifully carved stone chimneys cling to the crater's rim and somehow blend in with the natural surroundings. Your palatial abode has polished wooden floors, leather armchairs, and a dramatic mix of furniture and styles, including crystal chandeliers and hand-wrought local lamps. Ceiling-high swaths of silk taffeta drapes frame a small veranda with some of the world's most awesome views. Hand-carved doors lead to a massive bathroom with fresh-cut roses, a freestanding tub, and a tessellated tile shower straight out of a Roman villa. The main dining room has a 1920s ocean liner stateroom feel, but the adjacent lounge comes straight from an old English country house. It's a daring glamorous mix of competing styles and themes that somehow works.


  • spectacular views over the crater
  • unique rooms with views in every direction
  • expensive but service is exceptional


  • crater can be crowded with vehicles in peak season
  • high altitude means uphill’s are not easy to walk
  • and it can get very cold at night
  • high altitude means uphill’s are not easy to walk, and it can get very cold at night




Phones: 27–11-809–4300-in Johannesburg


30 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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