The Ngorongoro Crater Region is known for its spectacular scenery and fantastic wildlife viewing. Accommodation is available around the crater rim or in nearby Karatu. There is no accommodation on the floor of the crater itself. Numerous, luxurious, high-end lodges perch around the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, offering spectacular views across the crater.
A little way off, halfway between Manyara and the crater, is Karatu, where there are a number of comfortable and more affordable lodges set amongst beautiful, lush plantations. These provide an excellent base from which to explore the area.
The Ngorongoro Crater region's main attraction is the crater itself, with its amazing concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five. The whole area has much to offer, including the archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Highlands with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Popular activities include game drives on the crater floor, hiking and game walks in the highlands, mountain biking and learning about Maasai culture and tradition.
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With raised, beautifully decorated permanent tents placed far enough apart to ensure privacy, Lake Masek Tented Camp offers guests stylish accommodation in the African bush. Its position in the Ndutu area of Ngorongoro, just south of the Serengeti, is on the annual Great Migration route of millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope, followed closely by predators. Depending on rainfall, the plains are filled with herds between November and May.
With easy access to the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Farm House has cottages spread out over beautiful gardens and a coffee plantation in the Karatu area. It's a working farm with an organic garden. Expect fresh, delicious food and the tantalising aroma of the farm's own coffee beans which are grown, picked, roasted, ground and enjoyed right there.
Situated on the eastern side of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge offers comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views. Watching the sun set over the crater from your private balcony or the welcoming central lodge area is an experience not to be missed. With easy access to the road down to the crater floor and its concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, this lodge is a great base at Ngorongoro Crater.
Set just 12 km from the entrance to Ngorongoro and with easy access to the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater, Plantation Lodge is the perfect spot to lay your head. With a range of different rooms set in a tranquil garden on a coffee plantation, it's hard not to relax here. Go game viewing in Ngorongoro, meet the local people, go for walks both in and around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; the options are endless.
Situated a few hundred metres from the southern rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, Rhino Lodge offers comfortable accommodation and friendly staff. While not on the rim of the crater itself, the lodge has beautiful surroundings and provides easy access to the road into the crater. Here, one can marvel at Ngorongoro's concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, and breathtaking scenery.
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