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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 08/01/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/01/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#18 of 40 Specialty 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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Free parking
Free internet
Internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
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Sun terrace
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Fireplace
Private balcony
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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British_Batman wrote a review Sep 2022
Dorset67 contributions58 helpful votes
The location of this lodge is convenient for the crater and despite not having a crater view, it's pleasant enough, with buffalo and waterbuck grazing on the lawn. The staff in the restaurant are very attentive and the food was good, but the accommodation itself is showing its age. The rooms are small, as are the beds and the walls are wafer thin, so that any conversations between loud European neighbours can easily be heard. It didn't help that said neighbours let doors slam at all times of day and night. The same went for that period of quiet time on the veranda to enjoy nature. One minute quiet, next minute loud insensitive neighbours arrive and shatter the peace. Little anyone can do about it but we didn't experience such intrusions elsewhere.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear British_Batman Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Rhino Lodge. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our hospitality and the nature surrounding the Lodge. On behalf of the Lodge, apologies for the unpleasantness experienced due to loud neighbors. We do take your input about the rooms seriously, and in saying that, I am glad to inform you that we are in the process of some phased upgrades. I trust that you are left with fond memories overall of your stay, and look forward to hosting you again. wild wishes
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Nikia Leslie wrote a review Sep 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We arrived at the lodge after a day on safari. Our rooms were ready and there was someone who had just lit our stoves in the room. It was rather cold this time of year there at the lodge but after a good shower and long sleeved pajamas, I slept very well! The staff in the dining area was wonderful especially the chef! They made sure we was satisfied and even waited for some of our straggling guest since there was 14 of us. The dining area was warm and cozy with a diverse group dining throughout. The icing on the cake was the next morning we was able to see some animals outside the window.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear NikiaLeslie Thank you for your review Very happy to hear that you had a lovely stay and we met all your expectations. Indeed a blessing to have wildlife roaming the grounds. Not much beats a good breakfast whilst being able to view the game grazing peacefully outside... We look forward to hosting you and your nearest again. wild wishes!
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Jillian W wrote a review Aug 2022
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We only stayed one night at the lodge before visiting the crater and it was a nice stay. We had a few hours to spend on their deck having drinks and watching the sun set. We had waterbuck grazing right outside our room and even had a herd of Buffalo come to graze as well. The staff were very friendly and they even will go lit your fireplace in your room during dinner so it’s nice and warm when you get back. The food was good as well. It is not on the rim of the crater like some of the luxury lodges but it is a beautiful smaller lodge with wildlife all around you. We very much enjoyed our stay here!!!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring a flashlight to see the wildlife that comes around the lodge at night
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Responded 29 Aug 2022
Dear Jillian Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay at Rhino Lodge. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and had the pleasure of enjoying a beautiful sunset from our restaurant deck whilst being entertained by some game grazing on the property. It was only but our pleasure to have you as our guests, and we are looking forward to hosting you and your nearest again. Safe travels and wild wishes!
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GADawgGa wrote a review Aug 2022
Saint Simons Island, Georgia470 contributions154 helpful votes
I give this a 3.5 based on the amenities. The setting was nice, but not at the edge of the crater. We had some antelope type animals that were just outside our lodge. The service at this lodge was excellent and dining was quite good (as good as our other lodges and hotels that were rated five star). We had limits on when hot water was available, but we declined to take showers, due to the chilly conditions. Heat was provide by a stove that was fired up before we went to bed. It did provide heat, but we decided to take showers. We slept well, since we had several layers of covers.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 29 Aug 2022
Dear GADawgGa Thank you for your review, and compliments on our service and dining experience. I can assure you that even though we are an Eco-friendly Lodge, and thus off the grid, we have sufficient hot water facilities for a good shower :) Happy to hear that you slept well, and enjoyed the wildlife roaming around the grounds... We are looking forward to hosting you again. Karibu Sana
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MKhan wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a lovely time at Rhino Lodge. The team really looked after us, in particular the Chef from Dar El Salaam! We had specific food requirements and he ensured they were met by even sometimes preparing seperate food. The team and manager were lovely. Thank you for a great experience.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 25 Aug 2022
Dear Mkhan Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed our hospitality and that Chef Whalimu and his team took great care of your culinary requirements, Karibu sana Wishing you a safe rest of your safari, and looking forward to hosting you again! wild wishes
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Paola wrote a review Aug 2022
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We can say Rhino Lodge was the best lodge we stayed in during our one week Safari tour among Tanzania. The location is beautiful, In the middle of the forest with animals coming close to eat the grass around. The food is fantastic and there is a nice selection of local and imported wines. We had the pleasure to meet the owner who suggested us a nice red wine from Tanzania, all the stuff is very professional and nice. There is also the chance to buy some local souvenir made by Masai people and support a child foundation. Nights can get cold but there is plenty of blankets in the room, all rooms are equipped with heaters but we didn’t need it
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 21 Aug 2022
Hi Paola Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us. It is such an honor for me to hear that you rate us as the best Lodge you stayed at, on your visit to this beautiful country, thank you! Indeed we are blessed to be situated in the middle of an evergreen forest and be surrounded by wildlife that enjoys grazing peacefully around the property... It really was only a pleasure to meet you, and I am glad you enjoyed my suggestion of some local wines. On behalf of the Rhino team, we look forward to the chance of hosting you again. Karibu sana!
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nnk815 wrote a review Aug 2022
New York City, New York104 contributions56 helpful votes
Staff is very nice as is the general manager who works sun up to sun down to ensure the place is running smoothly. Others have complained about it being cold but we found they provided adequate blankets. When you are at dinner they heat the wood stoves in each room which provide some additional warmth, and lastly they have hot water bottles in each room that they gladly fill with hot water. We put these near the foot of our bed and found we were very comfortable overnight - almost too hot! Dinner and breakfast options were very good, 10/10. The lodge dining area is very cozy and inviting with multiple small fireplaces and communal seating as well as dining tables. One area of improvement would be the bathrooms - we were in room 3 and the bathroom needed some remodeling. In addition the shower was giving either hot water or cold water, but would not adequately mix it to create warm water. So we ended up taking a shower very quickly in very hot water. If we had stayed more than one night I would have brought this to the attention of the managers but we were rather dusty and just wanted to get the shower done with. The bathroom in general needs some remodeling, and amenities are lacking. Other than that we enjoyed our stay at this lodge!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 21 Aug 2022
Dear nnk815 Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you had a memorable stay with us. It was only but our pleasure to host you and your nearest. We strive to serve, and I am delighted to hear you enjoyed our culinary options, thank you. I do wish you would have mentioned the issue experienced with the shower, as I am sure we would have been able to sort it out for you. My sincere apologies. We do take your comments on the bathroom to heart and assure you that it is one of our phased projects to enhance the guests' room bathrooms, and amenities accordingly. Looking forward to hosting you again wild wishes
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George T wrote a review Aug 2022
Chennai (Madras), India127 contributions49 helpful votes
A pretty, cosy, comfortable lodge right in the conservation area. Friendly staff, excellent food, comfortable beds. Electricity by generator, so restricted charging of electronics. Animals around so must stay inside the resort Lovely place.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 16 Aug 2022
Dear George Thank you for your review. It is always lovely to hear that our guests enjoyed a pleasant stay, and had a great culinary experience. We look forward to hosting you and your nearest again. Karibu sana!
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Alina Z wrote a review Aug 2022
Bucharest, Romania15 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent one night at the Rhino Lounge in Ngorongoro and we had a great time there. The staff is super friendly and nice and always ready to help. The rooms have all the facilities you need for an accommodation in the middle of the nature. The view is amazing both from the room’s balcony, as well as from the restaurant’s terrace, where you will see many lovely visitors. Remember that the temperature there is much lower than in the rest of the country, so pack an extra jacket :D
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Aug 2022
Dear Alina Thank you for your review and the lovely pictures shared We are thrilled that you had a lovely stay and enjoyed our hospitality, karibu sana! Indeed it gets a bit more chilly up here (+- 2250m above sea level) and fortunately, we are prepared for it with the quaint fireplaces, hot water bottles, and loads of blankets in the rooms, as well as the big fireplace in the communal restaurant. But as you rightfully mentioned, a warm jacket does come in handy :) We look forward to your next visit wild wishes!
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Fam. Boogschoot wrote a review Aug 2022
Beerse, Belgium31 contributions3 helpful votes
Good breakfast/lunch/diner. Good location to go to the Ngorongoro crater!!! Also possible to see wildlife outside the lodges. Friendly staff and nice rooms. Lunch packages were available for the safari trip to the crater.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 9 Aug 2022
Dear Boogschoot Thank you for writing a review on your stay at Rhino Lodge. We are very happy to hear that you had a memorable stay with us, enjoyed the culinary offerings, and had the experience of viewing some wildlife right from the Lodge. We are indeed privileged to be surrounded by nature in its purest form. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again on 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.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.