Rhino Lodge Ngorongoro
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Ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim, Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. With 24 comfortable ensuite rooms, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals, Rhino Lodge welcomes guests to Africa’s most remarkable game park.


There are 24 guest rooms, all with verandah overlooking a stretch of high montane forest. Each room has its own shower, toilet and hand basin. To keep away the cold each room has a wood-burning stove, and hot water bottles can be filled if you want one. In the bar/dining-room there are two large fires which are a natural focus where our guests like to meet and exchange stories of the day. Hot, tasty food is available from the buffet. And after dinner our Maasai staff may entertain you with some traditional dancing.


Coming from the East, Rhino is the first lodge after entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area through the Loduare Gate. From the lodge it is only 20 minutes to reach the Seneto descent road into the Crater, and the Lerai ascent road is less than 5 minutes drive away.

3° 15’ 25” S
35° 31’ 31” E

The lodge is situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres, a few hundred metres back from the rim of the Crater. What it loses in terms of outlook over the Crater, it more than makes up for with its views of untouched high montane forest with Mount Oldeani (3,200 metres) dominating the background, and Mount Makarot in the distance (3130 metres).

Stretching across 8,300 square km of dense forest, vast grasslands, and a multitude of stunning craters and lakes, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The crater floor is a natural sanctuary for thousands of wildlife species, and is one of the world’s last remaining areas where the endangered black rhino continue to breed and thrive naturally in the wild.

The conservation area is also kind to its human populations: its carefully managed multiple land use philosophy ensures the peaceful co-existence of the Maasai and the natural environment, with about 42,000 Maasai peoples still living inside the conservation area.

Getting there

Rhino Lodge is about a 45-minute drive from the small town of Karatu and an easy 3 hours from Arusha. Coming from the Serengeti, it is about an hour and a half’s drive from the Naabi Hill gate.

3° 15’ 25” S
35° 31’ 31” E

The nearest airstrip, serviced with scheduled flights by Coastal Aviation, is Manyara, about 45 minutes’ drive from the lodge. Coastal Aviation operates a daily service from Arusha with connecting flights from both Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Guests can also fly-in from other parts of the country: Selous, Ruaha, Serengeti and Mwanza.