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Just four lodges
The number of lodges at the Ngorongoro crater is limited, but all of them are situated on or very near the rim. This gives guests breathtaking views of one of the outstanding natural wonders of the world. It stretches out to the horizon before their very eyes.
$$$$ = high, $$$ = mid-to-high
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - $$$$
The private decks of the 30 stylishly appointed guest suites have stunning views of the Ngorongoro Crater floor (see photo). High staff-to-guest ratio delivers superb service. Guests enjoy exclusivity and privacy.
The other three
lodges of the
Sopa Lodge - $$$
92 guest suites are in semi-detached structures. All have wide, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vast Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - $$$
Many of its 75 guest rooms have private rock-walled terraces offering crater views (ask for one).
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge - $$$
Good views, but the interior decoration of the 75 guests rooms is rather lackluster.
There is a luxury camp (Lemala) on the rim. However, you don't get the sensational views of the crater from your room or main unit as you do from the lodges
The more basic campsites are not near the rim. Moreover, you simply cannot walk to the rim on your own for the view. The reserve makes that illegal for safety's sake (wild animals roam the rims and the crater's walls are hazardously sheer and deep). Your explorations require an accredited guide.
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