WHERE TO STAY IN NGORONGORO CRATER
Each accommodation is unique, but experiences are determined by an inimitable system of AfricanMecca Safari Tiers balancing accommodation against food, amenities, activities, guided standards, location, service and privacy to standardize variable value across the entire range. Ngorongoro lodges consist of several cottages or chalets clustered around a central complex of reception, dining room, bar and lounge.
To exemplify some of the options available to you, you can choose the premiere luxury at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge as your Safari Tier 1 option, a surreal experience, combining Rococo decor worthy of a French chateau with all the trappings of personal butler service and international cuisine.
Opt for deluxe Gibbs Farm at Safari Tier 2, which comprises of 17 cottages and a farmhouse set in beautiful gardens, alive with birdsong, but also an hour’s drive from the Ngorongoro Crater gate, or settle for comfort value Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge at Safari Tier 3 up on the crater but where power is limited and hot water is available morning and evening.
The rooms are basic and small but cheerful and clean with an en-suite bathroom and cozy wood-burning stove. Other excellent value options accommodations are Ngorongoro Farm House and Plantation Lodge sited on the lowlands outskirts of the conservation area close to Karatu.
Ngorongoro tented bush camps are small and intimate such as the deluxe Lemala Ngorongoro, which consists of only 9, traditional, beautifully furnished tents and king-sized beds, integrated unobtrusively on the volcanic rim amongst beautiful shaded acacia trees, and ideally sited for early access to the crater, well before the main body of visitors flock to the crater floor.
Lemala offers a very fine standard of comfort and client-centered service with an authentic colonial safari ambience and yesteryear amenities, butler attention, friendly service, exemplary guides and international standards of cuisine, thus ensuring the ultimate mid-range in canvas accommodation for your dream safari in Tanzania.
Accommodations both in Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu suburbs are generally larger to maximize on occupancy numbers, but some still boasts meticulous attention to detail and access to local communities and organized activities. The choices of smaller accommodations are limited. Mobile bush camps are seasonally setup, for limited use during the year, made with custom contractible and portable canvas tents supplemented with use of locally available materials – these accommodations supremely environment friendly, merging gently into wilderness, with flush toilets, comfy beds, basic lighting, open-air or in-tent showers and tasteful campfire meals.
The seasonal Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp Camp at Safari Tier 3 is an admirable authentic option for a small bush camp, comprising of only 7 tents, but more limited in amenities, is situated an hour’s drive from Ngorongoro highlands down an unmade road. Bush cookery is a delightful feature of this distinct camp. Fused value accommodations at Tier 3, such as Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, are for more budget conscious guests but are nothing like rough back-packing.
Designed to support the orphan children of Rhotia, the thatched-tented accommodation is deeply embedded in Tanzanian society. Here, you live as an honored guest, in a beautiful landscape, appreciated for the benefits you bring to a thriving cooperative community. Whatever your dream may be, you can realize it on your photographic trip to Ngorongoro with AfricanMecca.
NGORONGORO CAMPS & LODGES
The Highlands NgorongoroNgorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater LodgeNgorongoro Crater
Gibb’s FarmNgorongoro Highlands
The Manor At NgorongoroNgorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Serena LodgeNgorongoro Crater
Lemala NgorongoroNgorongoro Crater
Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury LodgeNgorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Farm HouseNgorongoro Highlands
Plantation LodgeNgorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Sopa LodgeNgorongoro Crater
Kitela LodgeNgorongoro Highlands
Tloma LodgeNgorongoro Highlands
Entamanu NgorongoroNgorongoro Crater
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Jambo Raza, The safari trip in Tanzania was terrific - Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our guide, Rodgers is a gem - smart, funny, knowledgeable and always interested in us and our journey. Great guy. We would all recommend your group to our friends.
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AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
I can't thank AfricanMecca Safaris and everybody that I met as part of my African Safari enough for the most incredible and unforgettable vacation of my life. The lodge at Ngorongoro Crater and Kirawira Camp in the Serengeti were magnificent.
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I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NGORONGORO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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CRATER GEOLOGY & WILDLIFE
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s supreme impressive geological features. It is actually a caldera, which was formed centuries ago when a massive volcano imploded and collapsed in on itself.
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GUIDE ON NGORONGORO
Sited in the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NGORONGORO
Ngorongoro Crater safari experiences revolve simultaneously around unforgettable wildlife viewing opportunities within a vast and varied ecosystem, rich with historical and cultural associations.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NGORONGORO
Seasonal climate fluctuations, migration and breeding patterns influence your choice of the best time to visit the Ngorongoro. All seasons have their advantages; however, it depends on your special interests.
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There are many memorable places to visit as part of your wholesome, ecological tour in Ngorongoro. Many attractions well worth visiting on your expedition are sited inside the crater but also outside.
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MAASAI TRIBE OF NGORONGORO
The iconic Maasai of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti wilderness have been herding their cattle for thousands of years. A proud, nomadic warrior race who count their wealth in cattle and children.
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