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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
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Inhabiting expansive acreage at the edge of Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge layers breathtaking natural phenomena upon regal wildlife upon luxurious--and quirkily standout--accommodations upon dramatic safari experiences. The Crater, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, gives permanent shelter to almost 25,000 animals, with panoramas of game big and small viewable year round. The Lodge itself consists of a central meeting area for indoor and outdoor dining and relaxing by the fire, along with a collection of three, exclusive camps populated with decadent thatched roof guest huts.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge's 30 suites all include full views of the Crater through large windows in every room, private butler service, ensuite chandelier–lit bathrooms, and opulent interiors dripping in ruby, gold, and silver color schemes. Accommodations packages include a suite, three meals per day, all drinks (yes, alcohol too), laundry services, scheduled safari activities, and emergency medical evacuation insurance. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, everyone, may not be nature as God intended it, but it is certainly nature as Donald Trump did.

Go to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge If You're Looking for...

Lions and tigers and bears, of course. Or, you know, zebras and black rhinoceros and wildebeests. If you're not into peacefully observing some of the world's most majestic creatures (read: you're afraid of animals, or just interested in hunting them) Ngorongoro Crater Lodge's particular brand of experience-of-a-lifetime probably isn't for you. Check out the Monastero Santa Rose Hotel & Spa or The Peninsula House instead.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Highlights

  • The Animals. You'll be living harmoniously amongst them in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, perhaps enjoying random and unforced spottings of the area's 26 black rhinoceros, 62 lions, 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. Higher up, in the rainforests of the Crater rim, lurk leopards, about 30 large elephants, mountain reedbuck, and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, and cheetahs.
  • The Landscape. Ngorongoro lives both lush and green with rain-watered vegetation and semi-arid with desert plants and miles of short grass primed for grazing. The crater basin, which opens from the Lodge, enjoys short grass plains with fresh and brackish water lakes, marshes, swamps, and two patches of Acacia woodland.
  • Safaris. Game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater run bright and early every morning in closed safari vehicles with pop-up roofs and expert guides. Inside the Crater, the jeeps amble through its grassy floor, delightful fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi, and the surrounding marshes. Lunch, served picnic style, enjoys the surrounds of these natural wonders and exceptional, free-roaming wildlife.
  • Dining. Tired of safari-ing? Perhaps you would just like to have breakfast or lunch at a private picnic locale, attended to by your personal butler, on the Crater floor.
  • Tribal Presentations. Up to 200 Maasai warriors in traditional dress present with flaming torches demonstrations of traditional athletic dances.
  • The Oldevai Gorge. Take an excursion in a private vehicle to the world famous, steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley. The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, as it and has proved instrumental in furthering our understanding of early human evolution. Approximately 1.9 million years ago, the 30-mile-long site was occupied by Homo habilis, and 1.2 million years ago, Homo erectus.

Best Time to Go to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Any time you can afford it. The wildlife is lively, and the huts open and glorious all year long. April 1st to May 31st, and November 20th to December 20th are considered low season, and rates are the least expensive. Prepare to pay the most for the accommodations package from July 1st to August 31st.

Also keep in mind that the legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes through Ngorongoro, heading into the area in December, and back out in June. The spectacle includes 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra, and 470,000 gazelles.

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