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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
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#18 of 39 Speciality lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Sun terrace
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Private balcony
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Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport573 kmSee all flights
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Tracy S wrote a review 20 Sep
Maryville, Tennessee16 contributions1 helpful vote
This place was magical! The rooms are clean and cozy especially with the little fireplace and warm blankets. The dining area is lovely and the food and service was tremendous! We felt very welcomed in every way!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Milkasia Joseph wrote a review 19 Sep
Moshi, Tanzania13 contributions
Am a tour operate from Tanzania Best Safaris. I went for a safari with my guests in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. My guests so happy with Rhino lodge. and I also found it very nice because we were given good service on time compared to other places
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Date of stay: July 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
MantuaMark wrote a review 16 Sep
United States33 contributions20 helpful votes
We had been staying at luxury tented camps, but our safari operator booked us at this Rhino Lodge one night. It was great. It's not the Waldorf Astoria, but for a budget safari, we were trilled. The food was absolutely excellent. I'd compare it to the Waldorf food, seriously. The lodge and restaurant area was very warm and attractive, with a fireplace. It's at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, so it's cool in the evenings. Each guest room was nice. The bathroom was a little dated, but everything worked and it was clean, and I wasn't complaining. Each room had it's own little pot belly stove, that the staff light a fire in to warm things up for the evening. It was really nice. Would have liked to stay longer, but it was Serengeti the next night.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Eric S wrote a review 5 Sep
4 contributions5 helpful votes
Room is standard, but clean and comfortable. Good water pressure in the shower. Food and service are great. Location is nice and unique. Very worth it to stay inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area so you can get to the crater floor early in the morning.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Willem Du Toit, General Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear erics Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Rhino Lodge. Yes, indeed we are very close to the entrance and exit of the Crater, and with views of the forest and Mount Oldeani as our backdrop, it sure makes for spectacular sunsets and time to soak up the sun. Glad to hear you enjoyed our cuisine and the service met your expectations. We wish to see you again in the near future. wild wishes
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Theresa L wrote a review Aug 2021
Kokomo, Indiana7 contributions
Basic accommodations, clean with good views of jungle. Had some type of antelope grazing outside back deck! Wood stove for heating didn’t work very well but there were plenty of warm blankets to stay comfortable. This place had the best dinner!! Very nice dinning area too.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don’t miss the Buffett!
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Response from Willem Du Toit, General Manager at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear theresa1226 Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Rhino Lodge. I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely stay and a memorable dining experience with us. Pole sana for the fact that the stove did not meet your expectations. If we knew you were having trouble with it, we would have ensured in getting it piping hot for you, in a flash. Please accept our apologies. I'll get our maintenance team to have a look at the stove so to ensure it is in good working order. Looking forward to your next visit wild wishes
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.