Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
At 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.
Perched 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.
Each 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.