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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Take in the breathtaking views the Ngorongoro Crater

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What we love about this lodge

They're big on culture: The Ngorongoro area is steeped in rich history, culture, and diversity - all of which is ready for you to explore. Put on your boots and embark on the amazing hikes, spend a morning with the Hadzabe people, visit the cradle of mankind at Olduvai Gorge, or simply just indulge in a massage. 

Pioneers of lion conservation: The KopeLion conservation team are on hand at the lodge to interact with and help you get a deeper understanding of their day-to-day operations and what it's really like for the Maasai people to live side by side with the wildlife. Discover how the teams work is helping promote lion-people coexistence. 

The breathtaking views: Being located in such a historical and beautiful place, the lodge is designed to ensure that visitors can take in as many views as possible. Watch the sunset to the chant of the Maasai adorned in their traditional red shukkas, or take it all in from the comfort of your bathtub.

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A bite to eat before exploring

Rooms & Amenities

Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. 

Enjoy holistic massages from the comfort and quiet of your room and explore the on-site shop where you can purchase locally handmade items and Tanzanite jewellery. 

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Enjoy all that Crater Lodge has to offer you

Activities at Crater Lodge

Explore lion conservation with KopeLion: Check on Panthera camera traps, drive through Maasai villages and a diversity of habitats, and meet with the conservationists who will discuss their vital efforts with you. Dine in style with the team on the crater floor, as they regale their stories from the field and answer all your burning questions. 

Full day Empakai Crater hike: A full day adventure that will take you past lakes on the crater floor, through dense forests, to views of Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s most recently active volcano. The steep slope calls for a degree of fitness, but the walk through the lush forest, with its ancient strangler figs and rich birdlife, is well worth the effort.

Safari game drive in Ngorongoro: Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. If you are after the ‘The Big Five’, it is all here waiting for you. 

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Out in the wild, you'll feel like you have the place to yourself

Ngorongoro, at a glance

The Ngorongoro National Park is located west of Arusha, connecting to the Serengeti in the north-west and to the Great Rift Valley in the east.

The park was established as a conservation area for wildlife and the semi-nomadic Maasai population that reside in it.

The caldera is an important landmark for human history, as well as an essential habitat safeguarding animal diversity. Despite its small area, the caldera has excellent bio-diversity, and several globally threatened species live on these plains. These plains form part of the route of the Great Migration

When should I visit?

The best time to visit the Ngorongoro Conservation area is from June to February if you are coming for the Great Migration. Wildlife lives at the crater year-round, which means you can visit at any time of year and still get great game viewing.  

March and April see the worst of the rains, so the crater is less busy during these months. One benefit of visiting during the wet season is that the landscapes are beautiful, but wildlife viewing is not as good. The peak season is July to September, and this corresponds with the best wildlife viewing. 

If you are keener on seeing the predators in action, go in January or February when there is a hiatus in the annual rains and the wildebeest calve.

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Garden of Eden, Ngorongoro Crater

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