At almost a mile wide, the Ngorongoro Crater is the heavenly relic of what was once a volcano. The emerald scenery is only interrupted by the sapphire soda lake, seasonally dotted pink with flamboyances of flamingo. These are the views you’re immersed in at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, situated on the crater rim. The scenery outside magnifies the whimsical interior design of the lodge; intricate chandeliers delicately drape from peaked thatch ceilings and the traditional Maasai architecture is brilliantly contrasted by lavish, teak furniture adorned in Victorian brocades of crimson and gold.
Within your suite you’ll find plush armchairs around the rustic fireplace that warms the room. Just past that is the door to your private viewing deck from where you can watch the wildlife that dots the plains below. Your four-poster bed faces the deck, inviting royal views of elephant playing in the lake from dawn till dusk. In the community areas you’ll find central dining; there’s also the option for parents to enjoy a private dinner and tasting in the wine cellar or on a viewing deck. Adjoining suites are available here for families, as are a multitude of activities to engage all ages.
The safari experience in the crater is one of a kind, with enchanting game drives through the pastel meadows on the crater floor. The foliage is fed by the volcanic soil, creating an explosion of colour which is the most spectacular backdrop for the more than 10,000 animals that live here. You can enjoy a lunch next to the lake, watching hippo wallowing while you eat, before enjoying afternoon walks through the grounds of the lodge. Young children can be watched by expert child minders while ages four and above will be smitten the WILDChild programme where they will learn all about the incredible heritage of the region, filling their personal scrapbook with all they’ve learned.