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Reading, UK
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30 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

This was a half hour drive from the crater and excellently located after our days game driving. The room was a decent size and had a certain charm. I liked that the staff offered to light a fire, and this was most appreciated as it kept the room cozy well into the early hours. There was a lovely outdoor area,... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We were happy to have you at Rhino Lodge. We remind you that our filtered water, available in your room and in the restaurant is free of charge. You could have helped yourself to that free water at any time. We also offer free coffee, tea and hot milk to make hot chocolate, also free of charge. You do not... More 

Penthaz, Switzerland
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Unfriendly reception. The room it's very older. The beds smelled of dust. The wifi is bad. The restaurant service was very friendly. It was very quiet around the lodge et the and the view it was very nice. The next time, we will change lodge.

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Verriem, We were surprised by your review. Our reception staff is usually very friendly, can you try to help identify with who you might have had problems? All our guests who stayed with us in May stayed in our newly re-painted rooms. The smell could have been paint smell or varnish?? Sheets are, of course, washed everyday and we... More 

Paris, France
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Rhino lodge is a nice little place and basically the only affordable option which is close to the crater. You can also stay in Karatu outside NCA, but if you want to visit the crater, I suggest you start teh descend very early (opens at 6 am) and enjoy the first hours of peace (and excellent light for pics) before... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you for your comment on our property. We would like to let TripAdvisor readers know that we have just repainted the rooms to enhance the cozy atmosphere and we make good effort to upgrade the level of food. More 

Rome, Italy
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97 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

As part of our 4 day safari we stayed here one night prior to doing the Ngorongoro Crater. It is a little over an hour to get to the bottom of the crater from the lodge. The rooms are a bit rustic, but comfortable. Dinner was very good and the service was excellent. The wi-fi is only available in the... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We were happy to have you at Rhino Lodge and that overall you appreciated our property. We are sorry the wi-fi was not up to your expectations. During the rainy season, the connexion can be perturbed by heavy storms in the area of the Airtel pole... it might not rain at the time at the lodge itself but a storm... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We stayed here during a safari organized by Tabia Safaris. They suggested us this place because we didn't want to spend much money in the accommodation but we still wanted safe and comfortable places. They gave us some more luxurious options in Ngorongoro, but their prices were too high for us, so we guessed Rhino would fit for us. It... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us More 

Hartsdale, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We stayed here for 1 night and were the only resident out of 24 rooms! The service was excellent and we were made very comfortable by the host while checking in and also during dinner that customarily, you have with your tour guide which was very thoughtful. The chef was very accommodating for our vegetarian taste and made sure we... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed our place and service. More 

Thunder Bay, Ontario
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79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Rhino Lodge was one of my favourite stops that I wished I'd had more time to enjoy. Our group was doing a self driving safari tour and travel from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam by SUV, so there was a bit of a learning curve during the planning process as most groups travel with safari companies. We had arrived at... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you for your long and very detailed review and we are delighted that you enjoyed Rhino Lodge. We will keep the good work to maintain and upgrade our level of service More 

Mumbai
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94 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

I stayed here for a night enroute to Ndutu while leading a safari for Incredible Africa Safaris. My first visit here and hopefully not my last. This is pure value for money (but you need to book months in advance) when you compare the steep rates of properties on the crater rim. Though one is not on the rim, you... More 

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RhinoTanzania, Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

We were delighted to have you at Rhino Lodge. We passed on your good comments to our staff. It helps them keep the good work More 

Mbeya, Tanzania
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016

A nice place to stop in Ngorongoro and the atmosphere is also refreshing, with a blend of guests and the cool air from the crater. Food was o.k. and the rooms clean and tidy. A good stop after a long day of driving.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

The Rhino Lodge was just fine, especially comparing the price with the other options. The food and service were very good. The room we had was spacious but worn. Sadly, no view of the crater floor but it was foggy in the morning so I am glad we did not splurge.

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RhinoTanzania, Owner at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, responded to this review

Oh No.... why did you find us "spacious but worn" ? More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house’s original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting. Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge. And, on return after a long day, 24 comfortable en suite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome home. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range: RM489 - RM556 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Ngorongoro Rhino Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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“Don't get the rooms on the corners as you can hear your neighbors clearly. ”
 of 5 bubbles BuddyZach, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a balcony overlooking forest so it doesn't matter.”
 of 5 bubbles ElizabethH326, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Electrical power is only available from 16h00 - 21h00 so make sure you charge up all your electrical appliances during this time period.”
 of 5 bubbles gbarlow2016, 3 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are very good”
 of 5 bubbles Bhanuraman2003, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Beware the hot water bottles!”
 of 5 bubbles 233ambert, 2 Aug 2016 | Read review
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