Inspired by ancient African architecture, the lodge offers
modern, comfortable accommodation in keeping with the natural splendor of
its surroundings and takes the form of three small villages. Each village
commands awe-inspiring views of the crater floor below.
The spacious suites all have a private
bathroom, lounge area, huge bed and Victorian bath with a view. Open
terraces and wide courtyards enhance the lodge's unique panorama.
Each day you can venture down the crater's
steep slopes to explore it's floor below that teems with animals. Elephant,
rhinoceros, lions, giraffe and antelope inhabit this immense natural
Ngorongoro Crater was originally a volcano
larger than Mount Kilimanjaro but approximately three million years ago a
huge series of eruptions caused the centre to subside forming a vast
volcanic caldera ten miles wide. The floor of the caldera is 1500ft below
the rim and on this 80-mile² area live 20,000 animals of all kinds. There
are thousands of wildebeest, zebra, antelope, giraffe and other plains game,
lion, leopard, hyena and bat-eared fox and seventeen rhinoceros which have
been preserved from the poachers and are now beginning to flourish again.
The animals in the crater are used to the presence of mankind, which makes
this a good area for wildlife photography, particularly as the crater floor
is so diverse with areas of swamp, woodland and dry savannah grassland, all
set against the backdrop of the forested crater walls.