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THE MANOR, NGORONGORO

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the stepped onto the green and rolling hills south of the Ngorongoro Crater, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home. The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the North West Tanzania and with its 9 luxurious cottages (18 Suites), family cottage, and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture. Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximize the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home. The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However, the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away. Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano - with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor - is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna. Moreover, what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.

LEMALA NGORONGORO

Lemala presents a collection of authentic and classic safari tented camps and lodges in the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park. These make up a significant part of the famed Northern Circuit, a naturally splendid region of Tanzania and one of the most celebrated safari areas in Africa where the sheer concentration of wildlife is simply phenomenal. Lemala’s camps and lodges are superbly sited discreetly away from the crowds in beautiful wildernesses. Thanks to careful positioning with access to prime wildlife areas, Lemala’s guests can enjoy fantastic game viewing at any time of year. We also have mobile camps that are erected specifically to witness the different stages of the wildebeest migration, and walking safaris that offer the opportunity to explore remote corners of the Northern Serengeti. With large and well-furnished tents and suites, comfortable lounges and fine food and wine, Lemala offers a superior level of style in intimate isolation, whilst retaining a connection and respect to the natural environment. Lemala is committed to providing exceptional quality guest service and a highly memorable safari experience in custom-built vehicles with well-trained guides.

NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is located in Northern Tanzania. The Lodge is within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, high on the south-western rim of Ngorongoro Crater, commanding views of this natural wonder that often moves onlookers to reverential awe. At an altitude of 2,375 meters (7,800 feet) the evenings can be quite cool, especially during the winter months of June and July with temperatures as low as 10' C or 50'F. The rest of the time, it is generally sunny. The Ngorongoro Crater is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the '8th Natural Wonder of the World. As the largest unbroken un-flooded caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is 19km long by 16km wide by 1km deep. This truly magical place is home to Olduvai Gorge, where the remains of a 1.8 million year old skeleton was discovered. The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania. The colonial-style interiors combine silver, gold and ruby colors under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Antiques, plump cushions, voluptuous raw silk curtains and tall, leather-backed chairs complete the picture. This design blends with African art elements in unexpected harmony. They each have a central living area and viewing decks overlooking the awesome Ngorongoro Crater. Ancient African nights are evoked by the large fire bowls that flank the entrance to each of the living and dining areas.

ENTAMANU NGORONGORO

Entamanu Ngorongoro is set in an isolated spot high on the crater rim. The drive in, along relatively poor roads, can take up to an hour and a half, but there is very often the bonus of giraffe (a species that is absent from the crater itself) to be seen en route. The camp is discreetly nestled in a small forested area atop the crater rim and enjoys views both south towards the crater itself, and north-west towards the plains of the Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge and the Gol Mountains – boasting that it's the 'only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise over the crater, and set over the Serengeti'. By arrangement with the local Maasai communities, with whom Entamanu is dedicated to having positive relationships, the camp has been built on an entirely removable basis, with canvas structures erected on raised wooden platforms. There is also a protected Olteti (fig tree), which is sacred to the Maasai, who occasionally conduct ceremonies here that guests are welcome to watch. Set in a line either side of the communal tent, the six bedroom tents at Entamanu – two of which are designed as family units, with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom – are tastefully designed and decorated in a light palette of creams, browns, greys and blues. The textured wool throws, woven rugs and sheepskins further add to the lovely relaxing feel of the tents. Each tent has a small writing desk, rustic wooden luggage stand and comfortable lounge chairs facing out over the views. Useful items such as insect repellent, an air horn, a walkie-talkie, and a multi-charging point can also be found. There is an extensive shaded wooden deck to the rear with a pair of canvas directors’ chairs – a tranquil spot to take in the spectacular views of the crater. Each tent is spaced so that, although partially visible to its neighbors, there is still a private and unique view.

NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE

Tanzania’s prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has yawned heavenward for millennia. Deep within its immense walls is a breath-taking blue-green landscape dotted with plains, lakes and forests; an eerie, otherworldly “land that time forgot” thick with massive bull elephants, rhinos, wildebeests and the highest concentration of lions in Africa. Suspended on the jagged rim of the Crater, this lodge offers panoramic views. Cloaked in dense forest, the stone built lodge blends in beautifully with its natural surroundings. As your land rover navigates the rocky road leading up to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, keep an eye open for resident elephants known to leisurely much on leafy greens - right in the lodge's backyard! Crackling fire places inside the common areas add warmth to the "mountain lodge" atmosphere. . All 75 individually decorated rooms feature Wi-Fi and room service. Other amenities available to guests include dining areas, free bottled water, and in-room massages, a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge are available at this lodge. Free buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi in public areas are also provided. Other amenities include massage/treatment rooms, dry cleaning, and an arcade/game room.

NEPTUNE NGORONGORO LODGE

Set in 50 acres of virgin Tanzanian bush in the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape, this all suites wood log cabin style retreat is located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate and 20 minutes' drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater that is said to have the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. This all-inclusive property features 20 spacious private log cabins with fire place, a restaurant, a bar and conference facilities. Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or at the Earth & Rain Spa after a full-day game drive. One of the very last properties on the main road that runs from Karatu to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge is very well placed for those that have decided not to stay inside the park boundaries and offers great views out to the Ngorongoro and other mountains that rise from the horizon to the west. All of the vast cottages are located in two orderly lines that look out from the sides of the gentle slope to the hills beyond. This ordered layout and the scrupulously manicured gardens make for a strangely organized feel to the place but it is, none-the-less a good way to arrange things to allow everyone a view and privacy. The log cabins really are the main reason, in our opinion, to stay here as each is completely self-contained, has great views and has a full lounge area with log fire to enjoy. Plenty of activities to consider as its set in around 50 acres of forest, on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, the property is the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the Crater or the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. This area is also known for its coffee plantations and Maasai village visits, which, while not possible on the estate, can be arranged.

THE HIGHLANDS NGORONGORO

The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro Crater experience. Set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high-style, contemporary escape. Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding the camp, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant. An Ngorongoro Crater safari is jaw-droopingly beautiful. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro. Accommodation at The Highlands strikes the perfect balance of a wilderness escape and a high-end tented sanctuary with all the creature comforts. Eight elegant domed suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets, and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings. The camp uses state-of-the-art technology to minimize our ecological footprint. This includes a full solar plant and rainwater collection off tents. In addition, supply runs are minimized to once a month to reduce our carbon emissions, and any unavoidable carbon emissions are offset through Carbon Tanzania. Asilia is the second-largest contributor to this scheme in the country. For a chance to immerse yourself in the region’s rich cultural heritage, visit a Maasai homestead, enjoy local hospitality and be entertained by traditional dancers. Test your herding skills alongside Maasai herdsmen as you join them to bring the cattle into the boma. As many staff members as possible are hired from the local community. Participating in community visits and visiting local markets are a great way to provide direct benefits to local villagers.

NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. The 97 bedrooms at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge are set in large two-storey rondavels, separate from the main building. Each rondavel houses four bedrooms, two downstairs and two upstairs, all with views overlooking the crater. The rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and have a large en-suite bathroom. All are semi-circular in shape and entered via a lobby furnished with a cupboard and a writing desk, as well as a minibar that is filled on request. All the bedrooms are carpeted and have two queen-size double beds, a dressing table, a stool and a hairdryer. A glass-enclosed balcony, with two rocking chairs, has stunning views over the Crater. Some interconnecting rooms are designed for families travelling together. Although the bedrooms are fairly dated, the bathrooms have been renovated and have cream-colored wall and floor tiles. There is a single basin on top of a vanity unit with a mirror above, a flush toilet and a spacious walk-in shower. Branded toiletries are also provided. The central areas of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge are all within one large glass-fronted building, which is shaped as two rondavels adjoined by a central well-lit atrium.

NGORONGORO RHINO LODGE

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge is located on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater rim offering the perfect base to explore the Crater. Coming from the East, Rhino is the first lodge after entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area through the Loduare Gate. The lodge boasts of 24 guest’s rooms with a private veranda overlooking a stretch of high montane forest. All the rooms have a shower, toilet and a hand basin. To keep away the cold each room has a wood-burning stove, and hot water bottles can be filled if you want one. In the bar/dining-room, there are two large fires, where our guests like to meet and exchange stories of the day. Hot, tasty food is available from the buffet. After dinner, the Maasai staff may entertain you with some traditional dancing. There are 24 simple plain single, double, and triple rooms with double or bunk beds, each with en-suite toilet, shower and hand basin, and a private verandah Food at Rhino Lodge is freshly made, good, tasty, filling and well-prepared but mainly locally inspired, an enjoyable novelty on an African tour. There is also a small bar and mini-library stocked, interestingly, with a number of rare old books on African safaris and the history of the area, the tribes-people and the wildlife. Fine tea, coffee and chocolate drinks are also provided, and special diets can be supplied by arrangement.

NGORONGORO WILDLIFE LODGE

Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World…A large caldera 600 meters deep, that hosts the most unique ecosystem on Earth, with 20,000 large grazing mammals and the largest concentration of predators on Earth playing a key role in the maintenance of the ecological balance. Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is strategically perched on the rim of this 'Garden of Eden', affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level.  The Lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the Crater’s great bowl. From its privileged position, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge has 80 spacious guestrooms which include twin rooms, double rooms (with one double bed), one Presidential suite and three junior suites. There are also interconnecting rooms, specially designed for families. The Presidential suite has been host to world renowned personalities who have enjoyed the magical experience of wildlife from the top location that Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge enjoys, being the first Lodge built on the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro is 185 km from Arusha, 60 km from Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge, 145 km from Seronera Wildlife Lodge and 225 km from Lobo Wildlife Lodge. The landing airstrip for domestic airlines in only 20 minutes from the Lodge, making trips to these lands of huge dimensions easy and comfortable.

CRATER FOREST TENTED CAM

Crater Forest is a small-tented camp located on a highland coffee plantation at an altitude of 1800 m, directly bordering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCAA). The camp is a 10 kilometer drive away from the main road leading from Karatu town to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, offering you some nice views of the surrounding hills and coffee plantations. Crater Forest Tented Camp is operated as a small scale eco-friendly camp with only 15 spacious tented rooms, with en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower and flush toilet. There is even an African-style fire pot in every room, to keep warm at night during the chilly African winter times. The rooms are all set on highly raised platforms offering some magnificent views over the Ngorongoro Forest. From your veranda, you can enjoy romantic sundowners or watch wildlife, like elephants, roaming through the dense forest, and hear the lions roar. In the morning, you will wake up to the sounds of the awakening forest, when the nocturnal wildlife makes way for a mistily rising sunlight.  The restaurant serve excellent mix of African and international cuisine, using fresh locally grown vegetables and there is bar. You can enjoy your after diner coffee, tea and digestives in the Lounge while mingling with other guests or just enjoying the books in the library.

BASHAY RIFT LODGE

Bashay Rift Lodge is located in the Ngorongoro Karatu region of northern Tanzania, eight kilometers from the entrance gate to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The lodge is set on a hilltop in a working coffee plantation (one of many in the area), with magnificent views of both the Rift valley and the walls of the world-famous crater. The accommodation is comfortable and attractive, and there's certainly plenty to do and see if relaxing is not your thing. The lodge's communal area encompasses an open-plan lounge/bar area leading through to a large dining room. Both rooms open on to a wooden balcony with a few high tables and chairs, and spectacular views towards the Oldeani Mountains and Lake Eyasi. Indoors, each has a splendid fireplace for chilly evenings. A short path leads along the side of the hill to a lovely palm-rimmed swimming pool. There is a masseuse available for tired muscles and (slow) Wi-Fi in the lounge. Bashay's 26 rooms spread across the lush gardens offer a range of accommodation to suit all needs – for honeymooners or families to cottages and houses for individual or larger groups. The biggest house (Acacia) has six rooms, but all the options are spacious and smartly decorated, with long, draped mosquito nets, comfortable chairs, large windows and private decks. The huge en-suite bathrooms are light and airy; some suites also have bathtubs. The houses have private lounges and dining rooms. Apart from the regular games drives, several activities from the Lodge can be offered: bike tours, coffee plantations, excursion to Lake Eyasi to meet with the Hadzabes, or simple walks into the villages around the Lodge.

ENDORO LODGE

Endoro is an eco-friendly Lodge located along the boundary of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority, 5.5 Km from the town of Karatu, 0.5 Km from the Endoro Gate, 20Km from the Ngorongoro Main Gate and 25 Km from the Manyara National Park. Located on the edge of the Northern Highland Forest Reserve, the Forest boasts of over one hundred bird species, as well as resident elephants, buffalo, baboon troops, and the occasional lion. Within a few minutes’ walk of Endoro Lodge, we have Endoro River Nature Trails suitable for hiking, bird watching, animal viewing and plant identification. The elegantly designed swimming pool has a beautiful view of the tranquil environment, right at the edge of the Ngorongoro in the Karatu highlands. Accommodation comprises 18 private, detached, tin-roofed chalets nestled on two different levels among lush shrubs and banana plants along a steep hillside.  Steep flights of steps and a meandering wild paved path to the main lodge buildings, reception, boutique, conference room and a separate large dining room adjoining a light and airy lounge bar link it. Each surprisingly spacious chalet on one side of the property has an en-suite bathroom with double vanity unit, tub bath, and indoor/outdoor shower. Mosquito-netted beds assure peaceful nights whilst cozy armchairs face large fireplaces which provide for comfortable warmth on chilly evenings. Hand-crafted furniture sits on polished hardwood floors with skin rugs and ethnic wall hangings. Every chalet has double French doors and a verandah commanding views of forested valley, highlands, and misty, distant crater sides. One family chalet has three bedrooms, a lounge, and two balconies. There are smaller chalets on the opposite side of the gardens. No large mammals visit the lawns and gardens, but bush babies have been seen at night from bedroom windows. Available services include 24 hour hot water and laundry. A well-stocked curio shop displays local art and craft items, books and other souvenirs with lesser emulation of your tour in Tanzania.

KIRURUMU NGORONGORO CAMP

Kirurumu Ngorongoro camp is a luxury mobile camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands overlooking the Ngorongoro Conservancy, the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and Lake Eyasi. As a small and intimate camp the staff are on hand just to look after a very limited number of guests and so the level of attention and service is always excellent. The camp has easy access to cultural attractions or as a base for a walk, climbing the slopes of nearby Olmoti mountain to the waterfall that breaches its rim to become the Munge river that feeds a game swamp in the crater. Day trips and walking opportunities to many of our Maasai community neighbours, and hiking around Mt Makarot, one of the most scenically attractive areas of the conservation area. The camp has 7 double and twin customized tents available for safari camping. Each tent has a twin and double bed, luggage rack, table, safari chair and mats.

SIMBA CAMPSITE

Simba campsite is located on the north eastern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near Rongai gate and the Tanzania - Kenya border. Simba campsite is also located just outside the rain forest zone of the mountain and in the heather land region with a lot more green vegetation than you would see higher up the mountain, but fewer than that of the rain forest. There also are a lot more animals than you would see higher up the mountain. Simba campsite consists of several other campsite, which are categorized according to the use of the camp. Simba Campsite “A” which is public campsite is on the crater rim and it is situated on the south-western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater Rim about 2 km from the crater village. It has well maintained toilets and regularly attended and hot water showers (heated by wood fires) and firewood for sale. Views points of the crater are only a short walk away and are absolutely stunning. Wild animals from the crater and Serengeti as far as from other part of Ngorongoro conservation Area frequently visit the campsite which is not fenced, you should move with caution. It is possible to visit the lodge bars and restaurants in the evening, but driving always should be cautious, as many animals move a lot during the night. The Lodges which are closer to the camp are Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. The campsite can become fairly cold (from an African perspective) and sometimes noisy at night. Our cook will place your tent in the area where you will be comfortable and easily reached. He will also take care of your belongings while you are in game drive. We will provide camping equipment’s as far as extra sleeping bag just in case you forget yours. Simba Campsite (public campsite) is a shared campsite so you should expect other people from different companies.

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