The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Lying within the bounds of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this secluded and private lodge is known as one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in northern Tanzania lies within the 3,100 square miles of pristine African wilderness of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Inspired in design by the elegant Versailles baroque chateau and the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta, or homestead, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is steeped in the romance of a bygone era, with the stilted, handcrafted structures adorned in graceful antiques, brocade sofas, grand chandeliers, and African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room, and en suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which immediately transport guests into one of the most famous African landscapes with their views overlooking the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater below. Personal butlers discreetly tend to every need, happily delivering tea in bed, stoking the fireplace embers, drawing a warm bath, and any other desire that goes into making each stay a relaxing and indulgent one reflective of true African hospitality.

Described as Masai meets Versailles, each extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater Lodge camp operates independently with its own central living and dining areas and viewing decks. Early settler-style interiors combine silver, gold, and ruby colors under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, and antiques, plump cushions, voluptuous raw silk curtains, and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver, and massive wooden platters, makes every meal a special occasion fit for royalty. Delicious Pan-African cuisine may also be enjoyed on the outdoor dining deck.

After waking up to a fragrant cup of tea or coffee, begin each day setting out into the wildlife-rich terrain of the Ngorongoro Crater. With tens of thousands of animals inhabiting the Crater floor, game drives are sure to produce some exceptional sightings and have been known to reveal the entire Big Five in a single day. Scrumptious banquet lunches, afternoon teas, and private sundowner cocktails are all a part of the safari experience on the Crater’s floor and rim and allow for flexibility as guests pursue their must-see list of wildlife. &Beyond is renowned for their highly trained and knowledgeably guides, whose passion for the people and wildlife of the region is contagious. Outside of game drives, guides are thrilled to lead nature walks and birding tours along the Crater as well as visits to the local Maasai villages for intimate encounters with the traditional cultures of the region. Singing, chanting, and drumming performances by the Masai warriors is an especially lucky treat.

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