Rhino Lodge

Located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim at an altitude of 2,200 metres, Rhino Lodge is an excellent base from which to explore the crater and the surrounding areas. It is set back from the crater rim and so does not have a view into the crater, but it more than makes up for it with the fabulous views of untouched high montane forest with Mount Oldeani in the background, and Mount Makarot in the far distance.

Rhino Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator. The house is built in a rustic, low-impact style which means wildlife ventures close and can be viewed from the Lodge

The Lodge tries to keep its environmental impact to a minimum and supports local organisations which endeavour to protect the wildlife and environment of this World Heritage Site. The Lodge also works closely with the main governing body of the Masai people in this area, the Ngorongoro Pastoral Council.

The friendly and helpful staff are made up of Masai and Iraqw, a local tribe that inhabit the north of Tanzania. Local Masai ladies come to sell their wares to our visitors and spend their days here crafting beautiful jewellery and collectibles.

There are 24 guest rooms, all equipped with a shower, toilet and hand basin. Each room has a verandah with a forest view and a wood burning stove. Tasty, home-style food made from locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables is served in the bar/dining-room. After dinner the Maasai staff may entertain you with some traditional dancing.

Visits to nearby Maasai villages, game drives into the crater and for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve, can all be arranged from Rhino Lodge.

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