Ngorongoro Crater

&Beyond Crater Lodge

Overview

One of the most unique wildlife havens

Set on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, with the swirling mists below, the stunning safari suites at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer you astounding views.

30 suites are spread between three intimate camps. Each of the stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suites are filled with carefully-chosen antiques, beautiful chandeliers and elegant African artworks. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the bedrooms, sitting rooms and bathrooms look out onto the crater below. With a personal butler on hand, your every need will be taken care of, from tea in bed, to tended fireplaces and indulgent bubble baths.

As the sun goes down, listen to the chanting of the Maasai warriors and gaze out over the game-rich crater. Or pop into the wine store for a wine tasting. There are a variety of activities to ensure your days here are full and exciting. Choose from crater floor picnics and hiking, to spending time with the Hadzabe people or visiting the Olduvai Gorge.

Facts

At a glance

  • 30 suites

  • Private butler

  • Wine cellar

  • Spa and gym

Experiences

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    Game drives

    Because the lodge is situated in the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, game drives take a good length of time to get to and from the crater floor. You’ll make your way to the bottom through the lush forests, looking out for magnificent birdlife, animals and flora along the way.

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    Hiking and walking

    The area is a hiker’s dream, with a variety of trails to follow including a panoramic, half-day trek through Maasai villages to Lake Eyasi and nature walks to Empakaai Crater and along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater itself.

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    Private dining experiences

    From private dinners in the wine store to banqueting in the crater, there are a variety of culinary moments and experiences to make your stay more memorable.

Community & Culture

Together with Africa Foundation, Crater Lodge has helped to invest over USD 420,000 since 2006 in community healthcare and education. Other projects they’re involved in include building ablution facilities for Misigyo Primary School and establishing a borehole at Kilimamoja Secondary School.

Promising students from local communities have been granted 35 tertiary education bursaries by Africa Foundation’s Community Leader’s Education Fund programme. And 1,400 children and adults from the area participated in the conservation-awareness lesson programme in 2019.

Conservation

For the past 23 years Crater Lodge has contributed to the conservation of the area through an annual disbursement to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. &Beyond was a founding member of the Lionscape Coalition, which works towards securing a future for the continent’s wild lions. The coalition supports KopeLion, an organisation committed to solving the problem human and lion conflict in the area. In addition, 60,000 trees have been planted in the region over the last decade.

Footprint

The on-site water bottling system has helped to eliminate over 117,600 plastic water bottles a year. Instead, you’ll receive glass bottles in your food-to-go packs. Over two million litres of wastewater is recycled and reused. The lodge joined the Tanzania Electric Supply Company hydro-power thermal grid allowing them to make use of more renewable energy, and drastically reduce their carbon footprint as well as their diesel fuel consumption.

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