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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge offeres guests a good level of accommodation at a reasonable price for its location right on the rim of the Crater. This lodge is more commercial than we feel is ideal but the right fit for those who want to stay right on the rim but Crater Lodge is too pricey or camping unappealing. 

Often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best known wildlife arenas. The Crater is a World Heritage Site and contains grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans and a fresh water lake. Hyena, lion, black rhino, huge bull elephant, hippo and buffalo usually abound and can be easily seen.

The Serena Ngorongoro Crater Safari Lodge is perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers. Each room has its own rock enclosed balcony offering stunning views over the Craters splendor. 

The interior, radiating out from the primeval log fire glowing at the heart of the lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game viewing hide with the ochre, rust and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. As for the views, from lilac streaked sunrise, to indigo star studded night, the immeasurably ancient Ngorongoro Crater delivers a theater of vistas, most unchanged since the dawn of time.

Guests can spend an entire day at the bottom of the Crater where they can enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch and a full day of exploring the wildlife who thirve here.

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