Arrangements and outings
The lodge offers arrangements such as game drives, visits to Maasai
villages, outings to the Empakaai Crater in the north-eastern part of Ngorongoro Conservation
Area, and visits to the Olduvai museum.
Such arrangements are probably mainly of interest to guests arriving by air (those arriving
by road can do those outings in their own vehicle).
More about the Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Crater, which is situated in a huge park
called Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is all that remains from a high volcano that once
stood here, but eventually collapsed. Today, the crater is known for its dense wildlife
population; some tens of thousands of large mammals live in the crater. Best known are
the black rhinos (or browse rhinos), which are often seen on game
drives in the crater. Other herbivores
found are wildebeest, zebras, buffalos, gazelles, warthogs and hippopotamus. Large elephant
bulls, some with truly impressive tusks, are often found around the marshes on the south-eastern
Lions and cheetahs
There is also a healthy predator population; lions, cheetahs, hyaenas and jackals are
often seen, while leopards, servals and bat-eared foxes may be spotted with some luck.
There are no lodges or camps on the crater floor, so the closest place to stay is on
the crater rim, 600 m/2,000 ft above the floor. The descent and ascent roads to access
the crater are very poor and require four-wheel drive. If you go there on a self-drive
safari, you will probably be asked to hire an official guide at the park headquarters
(located on the rim) to be allowed into the crater.
The Ngorongoro highlands
The Ngorongoro highlands, of which the Ngorongoro crater is one part, is an area of
some ten extinct volcanoes, some of them reaching above 3,000 m/10,000 ft. Two of these
volcanoes have, like Ngorongoro, collapsed and formed craters.
The nature and the views from the winding mountain roads are beautiful, and there are
some nice areas for trekking. On most safari tours, the visit in Ngorongoro Conservation
Area is focused on game driving in the Ngorongoro Crater, though. The crater floor is
fairly small compared to other safari areas in the region, and a half or full day visit
in the crater is fine.
Wildlife around the lodge
Elephants and buffalos are sometimes seen outside the lodge, usually at night.
Other animals seen occasionally are bush pigs and hyaenas. Birds often seen are sunbirds,
black kites and buzzards.