Rhino Lodge Safari Lodge
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 breath-taking scenery.
* Rhino Lodge Highlights
- ∞Easy access from the lodge to the road into the crater
- ∞Spectacular game-viewing both in the crater and surrounding areas
- ∞Opportunities to meet local Maasai people
- ∞Beautiful walks to suit all levels of fitness around the lodge and in the area
- ∞Warm and comfortable accommodation with wood-burning stoves
- ∞Interact with the local Maasai community and local governing body
More about this accommodation
Rhino Lodge has 24 en-suite rooms arranged around a courtyard, with a veranda facing onto the beautiful montane forest. The area is unfenced (although the living quarters get blocked off at night), so wildlife can – and does – amble by, including an elephant fondly called Jino Moja!
The rooms are simple, but comfortable, with wood-burning stoves for chilly nights. En-suite bathrooms have a toilet, basin and shower with hot water. Bright blankets and throws made from Maasai fabrics add a splash of colour.
Main Lodge Area
The main lodge is simple and practical, with stone walls and floors and fireplaces to keep the highland chill at bay. Comfy sofas provide the perfect spot to read a book after a day spotting wildlife in the crater. A small curio shop sells gifts and mementos to take home.
The restaurant has beautiful views overlooking the forest, with a wooden deck on which to sit if you’d prefer to eat outdoors. Inside, two fireplaces create a warm and cosy setting for the simple but delicious food, a mix of local and international tastes. Depending on the number of guests at the lodge, meals may be buffet or à la carte.
Game Viewing Activities
Most people coming into Ngorongoro travel with their own vehicles and guides but, if not, Rhino Lodge will happily connect guests with local guides and vehicles. Vehicles are only allowed into the crater during the day. An early start and the easy access from the lodge into the crater ensure an incredible safari experience.
Due to the high concentration of wildlife on the crater floor, you can expect to see vast numbers of animals during a day’s drive, including the rare and endangered black rhino, lion, elephant, zebra and many varieties of antelope.
Local Area Attractions/Things to Do Nearby
Ngorongoro Crater is within the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which encompasses a number of great places to visit, including the fascinating archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater’s smaller sister crater, Empakaai.
While walking safaris are not allowed on the crater floor, the surrounding areas offer a wide range of activities, from trekking and hiking to mountain biking and meeting with the local people to learn about their culture and traditions.
There are numerous guided hiking trails – to suit all levels of fitness – in the area, allowing visitors to get up-close-and-personal with the spectacular African bush.
By car: Rhino Lodge is about three hours by car from Arusha.
By air: The flight from Arusha to the nearest airstrip (Manyara) takes about 40 minutes. From there, it is a scenic 45-minute drive to the lodge. Arusha is served by two airports - the domestic Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Our Take on Rhino Lodge
Rhino Lodge is simple but comfortable, with great staff. While it doesn’t offer views over the crater floor, its affordability, the views over the montane forest and passing animals and its close proximity to the road leading to the crater floor make up for that. From here, you can get an early start and miss the crowds that often build up at the gate into the crater.
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The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.