Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge is set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater, 600 metres below.
All guest rooms have their own rock-enclosed balcony and the rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylised prehistoric cave paintings. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater.
The split-level rock-built dining and bar area features a wall of windows which look down on to the constantly changing vistas of the crater below, while double doors lead out on to a broad viewing terrace.
Quite apart from the 'big five' (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), all of which can often be spotted in a morning, the Crater also hosts up to 25,000 large mammals. Most are grazers, half of which are zebras and wildebeests while the rest are made up of gazelles, buffalos, elands, hartebeests and warthogs. As a result of these extraordinarily large numbers of herbivores, the crater also numbers one of the densest predator populations in Africa, most of which are lion and spotted hyena. Abundant birds here include ostrich, kori bustard, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian vulture, rosy-breasted longclaw and lesser flamingo.
Activities include game drives in the crater, sundowners on the crater rim, guided nature walks, and visits to local Maasai villages and cattle markets.