Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Quality and Affordable Accommodation in Ngorongoro Crater
& Conservation Area | Tanzania Northern Circuit
Rhino Lodge is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
and is about 180 kilometers (112.5 miles) to the north
of Arusha town in Tanzania.
It is also possible to fly in to the airstrip on the
Crater Rim, some three kilometers (1.8 miles) from the
headquarters. Ngorongoro is a 45 minutes drive from
Manyara and 3 hours from Arusha town.)
Rhino Lodge View Rates, Discounted Prices - Book &
opened in September 2007 and is a simple lodge that
offers plenty of atmosphere, and is a great value place
to stay in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
rustic Rhino Lodge is situated close to the Ngorongoro
Crater Rim. It's the most basic of all lodges in the
Ngorongoro conservation area, but an affordable alternative
to basic camping at the rim, which can get pretty cold.
Rhino Lodge has 24 rooms with double beds, twin beds
or with an optional third bed. The rooms at Rhino Lodge
are all situated in a terraced row, around an outside
courtyard. In front is a long wooden terrace which faces
out into the dense forest on the slopes of the Ngorongoro
rooms are simple, with tiled floors, white washed walls
and comfortable beds. Bed throws and curtains made from
Masai blankets add a touch of style; however the rooms
still remain quite functional.
en-suite bathrooms are again quite simple, but spotlessly
clean and freshly decorated. There is a hot-and-cold
shower, flush-toilet and a sink. There is also a UK-style
plug socket in the wall.
Rhino Lodge Non-Residents
Rates Per Night
Half Board Accommodation
135 US Dollars
240 US Dollars
Rates Per Night
Full Board Accommodation
150 US Dollars
270 US Dollars
Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge Rates quoted are inclusive of
Ngorongoro Crater Fees: 200 US Dollars Per vehicle Per
Drinks, gratuities and park fees are not included in
the rates above
Ngorongoro Crater Park Fees of Adult: 50 US Dollars
per person per night
12 Years and below sharing with an adult pay 50% of
the adult rates
Mode of Payment
Rhino Lodge is built with solid stone walls which are
a muted green from the outside and white-washed on the
inside. The floors are highly polished stone and the
furniture is simple comfortable sofas or wooden tables
and directors' chairs.
Rhino Lodge lounge boasts a cozy open fireplace where
guests can gather and warm up with a hot chocolate or
cold beer. Hot water bottles are also provided on chillier
evenings. The lodge organizes walking safaris at the
Ngorongoro crater rim, guided by a Masai Ranger. And
you can visit local Masai Bomas in the nearby area.
Rhino Lodge you will usually head out on activities
with your own private vehicle and guide. It is a great
base from which to explore the Ngorongoro Crater, as
it's only about 20 minutes' drive from the main descent
road to the Crater floor, where you can get close to
the abundant big game found there.
can also head out on beautiful walks in the Ngorongoro
highlands which last 2 – 3 hours.
Lodge is a simple lodge with a clear ideology –
for the more adventurous traveler it is an interesting
and economic place to stay.
Rhino Lodge is happy to organize
a variety of walks. Even a short walk of only an hour
or two can be very rewarding and there are also many
opportunities for longer hikes. Some can be done as
a simple add-on either at the beginning or end of a
day of game-viewing.
Longer ones require
either a half-day or a full-day with a second night
at the lodge. The above are just a few options which
Rhino Lodge is happy to organise for its guests.
in the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
you hear the word Ngorongoro, what is the next word
that comes to your mind? Crater, perhaps? Yes, indeed
the Ngorongoro Crater is rightly renowned for its outstanding
natural beauty and abundance of wildlife.
there is a lot more to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
than the Crater itself and many visitors leave the area
without having had the opportunity to see more of what
is on offer.
surrounding highlands include seven extinct volcanoes
full of outstanding beauty and spectacular scenery.
best way to appreciate these attractions is by walking.
Even a short walk of only an hour or two can be very
rewarding and there are also many opportunities for
longer hikes. After spending days sitting in a vehicle,
some visitors do say that they would like to stretch
Drive to the starting
point on the Crater rim about 5 kilometers from Rhino
Lodge. The walk is along the Western rim of the Crater
past the Oloirobi viewpoint.
There are patches of
forest to begin with and later it opens up into thicket
and grassland, giving beautiful views down into the
Crater on your right and eventually equally good views
towards Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti and the Gol mountains
to your left.
This is an easy-paced
walk with no arduous climbs, just a few short gradients.
It lasts about 2 hours and can be done at any time of
day. A good time would be either early morning before
departure on a game drive, or late afternoon on arrival
at the Lodge after a day’s game viewing.
to the starting point about 8 kilometres from the Lodge
on the road to Endulen. This is open grassland giving
beautiful views of Mount Oldeani to the left and Makarot
to the right.
You will see several
Masai villages dotted around the valley, and you may
well encounter men herding their cattle and goats.
For about 45 minutes
you climb gently upwards along the shoulder of Mount
Oldeani, eventually reaching a spectacular view as the
land falls away to Lake Eyasi, the western wall of the
Rift Valley and the Serengeti plains. This walk can
also be done at any time of the day. Total duration:
about 2 hours.
the Eyasi Viewpoint you walk directly uphill. This is
a stiff climb taking about 2 hours. You climb about
900 metres to a height of 3,200 metres at the top. As
you progress you will see a difference in the vegetation,
the plants and the bird life. It is all open grassland
with no forest or thickets of dense bush.
certain times of year, the profusion and co lour of
the wild flowers will surely amaze you. Eventually your
hard work is rewarded by a spectacular panorama from
the top with magnificent views in every direction: the
Crater to the north, the Serengeti and Lake Eyasi to
the West, Lake Manyara to the South, and the Crater
highlands to the East.
walk can be done in about 4 hours if you walk at a steady
pace and do not stop – except at the top. However,
it can be easily expanded into a more leisurely, half-day
excursion with a picnic lunch.
Rhino Lodge you drive north-west along the rim of the
Ngorongoro Crater, then past the village of Nainokanoka
and the Embulbul Depression with good views of Mt. Loolmalasin
on the right; at 3648 metres, this is the third highest
mountain in Tanzania. The drive is through open grassland
dotted with Masai villages. You will see lots of cattle,
and a few wild animals such as zebra.
about an hour and a half you reach the eastern rim of
the Empakaai Crater. With a diameter of only 6 km's
it is smaller than Ngorongoro, but very beautiful. This
is a little-visited area and the only means of access
to the crater floor is on foot. The walls are steep
walk down, along a good path, takes about 30 minutes
involving a drop of about 300 metres and goes through
patches of forest. Look out for the two huge strangler
fig trees as you approach the crater floor.
of the floor is occupied by a soda lake, 85 metres deep.
Depending on the season, there are numbers of flamingos,
which congregate to feed along the edge of the lake.
lake is also a home to black-winged stilts, little grebes,
and cape teal. You may not see many animals, but the
tracks of leopard, hyena, baboon and buffalo betray
more energetic visitor will enjoy a walk along the edge
of the lake around the entire floor of the crater. This
takes 2-3 hours and is a chance to soak up the quiet
beauty of this magical place.
follows the hardest part – the climb back up to
the rim! A picnic lunch can be eaten either in the crater
or on the rim from where you get a beautiful view northwards
to Oldonyo Lengai, a still-active volcano of great religious
importance to the Masai.
excursion can be done in half a day if don’t walk
around the lake. If you do, then it will take about
Makarot (3130 metres)
is also shown on some maps as Mt. Lemagarut. Departure
after breakfast and drive down the road to Endulen as
far as the village of Misigiyo. The walk starts from
here in an acacia-filled valley, from where you emerge
into scrub and grassland.
is a stiff climb of about 2 hours to a peak which gives
good views back to Lake Eyasi and Endulen. From there
you continue for another half an hour through some beautiful,
high altitude forest.
may see signs of animals such as buffalo and baboons.
Eventually you have to scramble up another 200 metres
to the peak of Makarot itself. From there you will be
rewarded with an outstanding view and the feeling you
are standing on the roof of the world.
front of you the ground falls away to the Lake Eyasi,
the western wall of the Rift Valley, Lake Ndutu, Olduvai
Gorge and the plains of the Serengeti. In the distance
you can see the Gol Mountains.
your left you can see Mt. Oldeani, and to your right
the western part of the Ngorongoro Crater. Depending
on the time of year, the beauty and variety of wild
flowers is remarkable.
can eat your packed lunch while admiring the view. Then
you descend either by the way you came or down the northern
slopes of Makarot towards the Serengeti plans and rendezvous
with your car on the road to the Serengeti.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers many opportunities
for walking, but we believe that this is the best in
terms of scenic beauty. The total walk lasts 5-6 hours.
1. This walk requires a reasonable level
of fitness and bear in mind that you will be at altitudes
in excess of 2,500 metres.
2. In some areas there are stinging nettles. It is advisable
to wear long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.
is a 5km round trip, starting and finishing near Gibbs
Farm which is situated just to the north of the small
town of Karatu. This walk goes gently uphill into the
Northern Highland Forest Reserve.
main attractions are the elephant caves, created by
elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamins
and minerals in the soil, and a 150m waterfall, from
the top you get beautiful views over the agricultural
country around Karatu. The forest is home to elephant,
buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and vervet monkeys,
plus a good variety of birds.
is montane, not tropical, forest and is a vital source
of water for the wildlife and as well as the farming
communities to the South. The round trip should take
about 2 hours to the elephant cave and back. This walk
can be done before entering or after leaving the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area en route from/to Manyara.
In order to ensure availability of a ranger, it is preferable
to book walks in advance. It may occasionally happen
that adverse weather conditions (low cloud and rain)
make it impossible to do the walk.
We recommend good walking shoes or boots, a sunhat and
a waterproof jacket – just in case of a shower
During these walks small numbers of animals will be
seen but the main attraction of the walk is the beauty
of the scenery, not the game viewing.
All walks are accompanied by an armed Ranger from the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. Although the
risk of coming into contact with a dangerous, large
animal is tiny, it is a law that you are accompanied
by a ranger – just in case.....!
The fee per day for a ranger is 20 US Dollars regardless
of the size of the party. It is customary to give him
a tip if you are satisfied with his services. The only
other costs are transport to/from the start point of
& Reservations for Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge located
in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and is about 180 kilometers
(112.5 miles) to the north of Arusha town in Tanzania
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