Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge features 75 comfortable guest rooms built with local stone, each featuring uninterrupted views over the Ngorongoro Crater.

Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is constructed out of local stone to harmonise with its surrounding landscape. Its interiors recall the crater’s prehistoric past, with a central fireplace, cave paintings and glowing torches. There are 75 comfortable guest rooms built with rock, each featuring brass lamps, wildwood mirrors and embossed leather headboards. They all also boast balconies with uninterrupted views over the Ngorongoro Crater.

The split-level dining room and bar area have a full-length window overlooking the Crater floor, while double doors lead out onto a scenic terrace. If the weather permits, take the opportunity to enjoy dining out in the bush or to sip sundowner drinks in the open.

Maasai cultural performances are held nightly, while guests can enjoy excursions to traditional villages and to the cattle market. Other things to do at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge include daily game drives in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and guided nature walks around the rim of the crater. It is also possible to visit Olduvai Gorge and the Empakaai Crater, take cooking, traditional music and Swahili language lessons.

Location

How to get to Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is 180km from Arusha, with transfers available by road (around 4 hours) and by air to the adjacent airstrip where a ‘meet and greet’ service can be arranged.

Activities at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

  • Game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Maasai village visits
  • Excursions to the Empakaai Crater and Olduvai Gorge
  • Bush dining and sundowner drinks

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge Highlights

  • A rustic lodge built out of rock right on the Ngorongoro Crater rim
  • African-inspired interiors and sweeping views of the landscape
  • Daily game drives into the crater
  • Cultural performances every evening
  • An extensive choice of activities

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Luxury accommodation at the Ngorongoro Crater

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm is a former colonial homestead comprising of a central farmhouse and 17 charming guest cottages located in Karatu, a lush area of flower farms and coffee plantations.

Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge

Nestled in 50 acres of pristine bush just 5 minutes’ from the Crater entrance, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge comprises of 20 standalone, sumptuously appointed guest cottages.

Kitela Lodge

Exclusive Kitela Lodge overlooks the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, lush coffee plantations and a cascading waterfall. Guests are accommodated in 20 beautiful romantic suites.

Ngorongoro Farm House

Featuring 52 beautiful ensuite rooms, Ngorongoro Farm House is reminiscent of an old colonial homestead with its tasteful decor, thatched roofs and tranquil flower gardens.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Clinging to the edge of the rim, the exquisite Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is like something out of a fantasy. The property is renowned for its unique design and high standards of service.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge features 75 comfortable guest rooms built with local stone, each featuring uninterrupted views over the Ngorongoro Crater.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is set in ancient forest on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, and provides guests with privileged access to the game-rich crater floor.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge sits on the highest point of the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, it features 97 comfortable rooms all with a view.

The Highlands Ngorongoro

Located the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Highlands Ngorongoro offers guests an exclusive wilderness experience with all the trimmings of a premium

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Entamanu Ngorongoro is located high on the caldera rim offers views of sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater and sunset over the Serengeti plains. There are just 6 stunning canvas guest tents

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Nestled in hills to the south of the Ngorongoro Crater lies The Manor at Ngorongoro masterfully blends old-world Afro-European grandeur and service with modern-day East African style and hospitality.

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Ngorongoro Crater and Tanzania Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Tanzania experience.

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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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