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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
OFFICIAL CATEGORY (Ministry of Tourism classification): 05*****
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is the oldest Lodge in the Ngorongoro Crater, established in 1934 as a British Governors hunting lodge. Crater lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps; The North Camp, South Camp and Tree Camp. The camp Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorogoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village, Set in classic crescents, each stone and thatch suite has spectacular views of the crater from large glass windows in the bathroom, lounge and bedroom, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor.
LOCATION: The Lodge is within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, high on the south-western rim of Ngorongoro Crater, commanding views of this natural wonder that often moves onlookers to reverential awe... To get to the lodge either,
- Fly from Arusha to the Ngorongoro airstrip, just 5 km away (depending on the clouds) or
- Fly to Manyara airstrip and transfer by road two hours to Ngorongoro Crate Lodge or
- Drive north westwards along the Arusha-Musoma road on a journey of 190 kms (2 ½ hours).
The nearest town is Karatu, which is about 30 km away and is agricultural rich hinterland where intensive subsistence agriculture and large-scale wheat farming is practiced.
CLIMATE: At an altitude of 2,375 metres (7,800 feet) thus cool. Cold weather especially during the winter months of June and July with temperatures as low as 10' C or 50'F. Rest of the time is sunny. Rains between November and May.