the eastern edge of the Serengeti, the great buttressed slopes of the crater
rise up through lichen-bearded forests to an altitude of 7000 feet above sea
level. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic
Ngorongoro shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. Some of
Africa's last black rhino are protected within its rim, black-maned lions stalk
the grasslands, flamingos crowd the soda lakes and giant-tusked elephants wander
the forests. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor,
fever and fig forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures and
lone, lean Masai, resplendent in beads and furled in scarlet shuka robes.
on the edge of the ancient crater rim above the cool, swirling mists, the architectural
masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a magnificent return to the noble
elegance of the travelling colonials. Inspired in design by the Masai manyatta,
three separate camps of 6 to 12 suites each remember a bygone era when characters
such as Lord Delamere adorned the stilted, handcrafted structures with graceful
antiques, grand chandeliers and treasures collected from travels through Africa.
sumptuous suite, steeped in centuries of romance, is discreetly tended by a
personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and even
draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your return
from your safari and lavish picnic on the crater floor. All of this however,
remains subordinate to the magnificence of the verdant crater… as the cool breeze
wafts the scent of great bowls of titian roses, it billows the raw silk curtains
that frame one of the greatest views on earth.