Clinging to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, this exquisite lodge is like something out of a fantasy. Decor is a whimsical “Versailles-meets-Maasai”, with thatched-roof timber structures containing elaborate beaded chandeliers and French Baroque furniture. If you happen to forget where you are, just look out of the huge floor-to-ceiling windows which offer sweeping views of the game-rich crater.
Guest rooms define opulence, furnished with leather armchairs, oversized freestanding bathtubs and raw silk curtains. Rooms are spread across three camps: North and South (12 suites each) and Tree Camp (6 suites), each featuring their own dining and lounge areas, serviced by a team of welcoming butlers. Expect fine crystal and sparkling silver at the dinner table, as well as Persian rugs and plush brocade sofas in the sitting room where you can enjoy a nightcap.
If you can bring yourself to leave the magnificent premises, memorable experiences await from game drives along the wildlife-rich Crater floor to forest hikes and Maasai warrior dancing followed by sundowner drinks. You might also choose to visit the Hadzabe Bushmen and learn how they have lived off the land for centuries.