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&BEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE

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  • andBEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE OVERVIEW

    Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau – brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers and panelled walls – and be instantly transported into one of the most famous African landscapes with just one glance out the window of the lodge.

    Perched on the edge of the Crater itself, this award-winning lodge is fit for a king and queen. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence.

    In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.

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    ROOMS & SUITES

    Divided into three camps, 30 stilted suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive Crater experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. Brocade sofas and Persian rugs invite you to re-live the day’s experiences around a roaring fire. The domed dining room, where sparkling silver and crystal vie for attention with the huge windows and awe-inspiring views.

    Everything is chosen to delight the imagination and enhance the spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings. An eclectic blend of elegant teak panelling, Victorian furnishings and whimsical African touches creates a sumptuous atmosphere that is as elegant and unique as the Crater itself. Leather chairs recline in front of a lit fireplace and raw silk curtains screen a private veranda. Even the gigantic bathtub is set under a hand-beaded chandelier.

    Ensuite bathrooms with a centrepiece of fresh roses feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breath taking views from all around of the incredible game-rich Crater.

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    DINING & COCKTAILS
    ACTIVITIES
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    lduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands Tour

    OLDUVAI GORGE & SHIFTING SANDS TOUR

     

    Explore the breathtaking surrounds of the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, best known as home of the earliest remains of homo sapiens, discovered by Mary Leaky. Move on to crescent-shaped volcanic ash dunes knows as Shifting Sands, which slowly creep across the desert floor in response to prevailing winds.

     

     

     

     

     

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    rater Floor Banquet

    CRATER FLOOR BANQUET

     

    After your scenic descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a tasty hot lunch served in breathtaking surroundings at a private picnic spot on the Crater floor. Personalised butler service combines with breathtaking surroundings in the midst of the wildlife action.

    Minimum 10 guests. Minimum one months notice required.
    Weather dependant and subject to availability of picnic site. Excludes Crater fees.

     

     

     

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    ine Sommerlier Sessions

    WINE SOMMELIER SESSIONS

     

    Enjoy award-winning wines with an award-winning sommelier. The sessions consist of an intimate Tanzania Signature wine tasting, or a tasting and hosted meal, with Chris Ford, the best sommelier in East Africa.

    Chris’s expertise includes a Diploma in Wine from the Cape Wine Academy, graduation from the Michael Fridjhon Tasting Academy, the Lowveld regional title (2009) and national runner-up title (2010) in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Jeunes Sommelier Competition and certification by the Wine Spirit Education Trust.

     

     

     

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    ose Petal Dinner

    ROSE PETAL DINNER

     

    The dining area is magically transformed into an elegant banquet fit for a king and queen. The long, chandelier-lit dining table, adorned with white linen, candles and bouquets of roses, is surrounded by a carpet of brightly coloured rose petals. This is the height of elegance and romance. At each guest’s place setting, a single rose sits on top of a beautifully presented menu card. A sumptuous meal, prepared by expert chefs, is then served by attentive butlers and includes a glass of French champagne.
    Minimum 24 guests. Two weeks notice period.

     

     

     

     

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    oneymoon Rose Petal Dinner

    HONEYMOON ROSE PETAL DINNER

     

    The ultimate romantic experience, your private dinner begins with a long soak in a hot bubble bath large enough for two, from where you can admire magnificent views of the Ngorongoro Crater. From there, a carpet of rose petals leads to an elegant table set up just for you in the privacy of your opulent suite. Attentive yet discrete, your personal butler serves up a delicious feast, prepared by the lodge’s professional chefs and accompanied by a bottle of the finest French champagne.

    2 guests. Two weeks notice period.

     

     

     

     

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    rivate Sundowners on the Rim

    PRIVATE SUNDOWNERS ON THE RIM

     

     

     

    Enjoy Sundowner Cocktails and delicious snacks whilst treated to awe-inspiring views and 20 Maasai warriors entertaining guests.

     

     

     

     

     

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    frican Drummers

    AFRICAN DRUMMERS

     

    Experiencing the rhythm of African music is one of the most unforgettable experiences. This group of local drummers provides great entertainment to guests, whilst also sharing their unique culture. The traditional music of Tanzanian cultures is given its melodic drive by a marimba (also called a mbira), a type of instrument that is unique to Africa. Weather dependent and exclusivity cannot be guaranteed. Performance takes place on the lawn in front of lodge. Minimum one months notice required.

     

     

     

     

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    aasai Delight with pre-dinner drinks

    MAASAI DELIGHT WITH PRE DINNER DRINKS

     

     

    Be touched by the spirit of Africa whilst listening to the traditional singing and chanting of Maasai (20 Maasai warriors) whilst enjoying sundowner drinks or pre dinner drinks.
    2 Weeks’ notice required.

     

     

     

     

     

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    mpakai Crater Hike

    EMPAKAI CRATER HIKE

    From the beautiful forests that surround the Empakaai Crater walls to impressive strangler figs and fantastic birdlife, this energetic full day hiking adventure promises guests an up close experience with nature.

    Highlights:
    Explore the Empakaai Crater floor and the water’s edge
    Birdwatcher’s paradise
    Potential sightings of barred tailed trogon, grey headed negro finch, greater and lesser flamingo, steppe eagles and crowned eagles

    Maximum 6 guests. The walk into and out of the crater is on a steep grade and at a high altitude and therefore is suitable for relatively fit and agile individuals. Full day hiking adventure.

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    ake Eyasi Walk

    LAKE EYASI WALK

    A panoramic half day walk through Maasai villages and open grazing land that allows guests to enjoy the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai. Along with authentic culture, this walk also offers spectacular views of Lake Eyasi.

    Highlights:
    The inspiring Africa Foundation Mokilail School project can be visited en route
    The walk can be tailored to finish at a viewing point overlooking Lake Eyasi – perfect for sundowners
    A unique opportunity to interact with the Maasai

    Maximum 6 guests. Half day panoramic walking route.

     

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    rater View Walk

    CRATER VIEW WALK

    This popular late afternoon walk along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater allows guests to experience various natural habitats, including the acacia woodland, thick lush forests and open grasslands.

    Highlights:
    Excellent birding route with sightings of golden winged sunbirds, African cytrill, white eyed slaty flycatcher and mountain buzzard
    The only place in the area to see Schalow’s wheatear and mountain white-eye
    A chance to see the Maasai and their cattle en route

    Maximum 6 guests. Cannot be pre-booked.

     

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