Ngorongoro Crater Lodge–Tanzania
Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania, the award-winning suites at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breathtaking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa. Three separate and intimate camps totaling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone steamer trunk era. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures.
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The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below.
Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. Bathrooms–with dramatic centerpieces of red rose–feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butlers discretely cater to each guest’s every need, serving tea or coffee in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion. The common areas are also sublimely elegant, with such features as wine cellar dining.
Consistently recognized as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay and recently named one of Travel + Leisure’s 10 Best Safari Lodges in Africa and one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is situated right on the edge of the crater, offering unbeatable views of one of the natural wonders of the world.
Once a gigantic volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Experts say that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600-meter-deep crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, black-maned lion stalk the grasslands and long-legged flamingo crowd the soda lakes. An estimated 25,000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a population of approximately 6,000 resident wildebeest, 16 rare black rhino and around 70 lion. Cheetah move in and out of the crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest.
Where is Ngorongoro Crater Lodge?
Address:This all-inclusive, luxury game reserve is set along the rim of a crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.