We stayed for two nights in a room that opened to a covered walkway and courtyard where a large stork stood inconspicuously in the garden. We had a rear deck that was visited by several inquisitive, elegant water bucks who appeared through the morning fog. The lodge’s intimate dining room was surrounded by an outside deck where we could relax and take in the view while enjoying the heat from an outdoor fireplace. The evening meals began with rich soup followed by salad and dishes like robust stew, vegetables and other hearty options that were perfect for the chilly weather. All of the food and beverage service staff were professional, welcoming and friendly and always made sure that we had everything we needed. During dinner a staff person went to each table and offered to start a fire in the wood burning heater in our rooms. We returned to our warm room to enjoy this remote and eco-friendly hideaway on the rim of Ngorogoro Crater. We highly recommend a stay at this unique, enchanting and otherworldly place.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Rhino Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area