Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent 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.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.


Strung around the Crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, 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's unmatched splendour.


:: Direct dial telephone and WiFi
:: Laundry, valet and shoeshine services
:: Mineral water and toiletries
:: Bathrobe and slippers
:: 24-hour room service
:: Safe and hairdryers (from reception)
:: 24-hour medical service
:: Children's meals, beds, babysitting


The Kimba Suite enjoys a perfect view of the crater. The spacious bedroom is luxuriously appointed with a king-sized double bed with walk-in mosquito net, sumptuous furnishings, dressing area and natural stone ensuite bathroom.


Breakfast and lunch: Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.

Dinner: Our table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the conservation area.

Bush dining: We are expert in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush.


The Serena Group has unrivalled experience in organizing a unique range of corporate and social events, all of which are supported by state-of-the-art facilities, orchestrated by highly-trained personnel, and enjoy luxury accommodation, world-class catering and diverse leisure options.


We have extensive experience in planning and staging a wide variety of weddings and receptions, we can also take care of all the necessary formalities; from provision of registrar and certificates to working with you to determine the type of cake, reception and entertainment you would like.


The Ngorongoro Crater is renowned for its rich and diverse species of bird and wildlife and the Big 5 are often spotted on a single game drive safari. Alternatively enjoy a full herbal massage at the spa or marvel at the lilac streaked sunrise and indigo studded evening sky whilst sipping on a cocktail.

Other activities include historical and cultural tours of the Olduvai Gorge and local Maasai Villages or picnic lunch, breakfasts and dinners at a private picnic spot on the Ngorongoro Crater floor.

Accommodation At Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Note: Click on the links for more details.

:: The Manor at Ngorongoro
:: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
:: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
:: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
:: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge