The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. It also safeguards the interests of indigenous people and promotes tourism.
Guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen whose cattle graze side by side with the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, with breathtaking views. The lodge features interesting architecture inspired by the traditional Maasai mud and stick manyatta.
The interior is totally unique with whimsical interiors packed with antiques to create an aura of romance and luxury. Step inside and the lodge has all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau - brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers and panelled walls.
The lodge has absolutely stunning views down into the crater. With ever-changing views as mists swirl and clouds scurry over the huge wildlife caldera below.
Each suite is furnished in an eclectic blend of elegant teak panelling and Victorian furnishings, with African touches creating a sumptuous atmosphere which is as elegant and unique.
Leather chairs recline in front of a lit fireplace and raw silk curtains screen a private veranda. Your gigantic bathtub is set under a hand-beaded chandelier.
The reception areas are lavishly furnished with brocade sofas and Persian rugs - perfect for drinks in front of a roaring fire. The domed dining room, where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the huge windows and wonderful views.
An estimated 25 000 mammals are resident in the Crater, including large herds of resident wildebeest, 16 highly endangered black rhino and around 70 lions. Nomadic cheetah move in and out of the area and leopard are most often encountered in the Lerai Forest.
The saline waters of Lake Magadi attract both the lesser and the greater flamingo, with flocks of several thousand forming when the lake is low. Other bird species on the Crater floor include the ostrich and the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird.