Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

The Rhino Lodge is situated within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and it is found just a couple of hundreds of meters from the edge of the Ngorongoro crater. The Rhino Lodge provides good quality yet  affordable accommodation in a very nice setting. The location of this lodge is really convenient, since it is the very first lodge you find as drive from Arusha into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. there are 24 rooms found at this lodge each accommodation a maximum of  2 people although a third bed can be provided on request. Each of the rooms is fitted with simple furniture, an inside bathroom that is supplied with hot water. There is a private verandah on each guest cottage on which you can unwind as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the nearby forest.

 A day at Rhino Lodge

Awaken to the beautiful sounds of birds. Following breakfast you will set out with a packed lunch to the Ngorongoro crater where you will spend the entire day having game drives. The floor of the crater is filled with game including lions, rhinos, cheetahs and elephants in addition to flamingoes. In the evenings you will return to the lodge and rest by the fire place as you enjoy a chilled drink. For people staying much longer, we can organize nature walks in the morning and then you later return for lunch at the lodge. From your private verandah you will be able to marvel at Mt. Oldeani and the various animals moving by.

Game Viewing

The Crater is home to 25,000 larger animals mainly Zebras plus wildebeests and if lucky you might see the rare black rhino, lions – the black-maned males, over 100 bird species, leopard, hartebeests, cheetah, elands, hyena, buffaloes, elephants, impalas and warthogs


The lodge comprises of 24 rooms constructed as extensions from a refurbished colonial home which once housed the initial conservator of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The guest rooms are constructed in 2 wings extending away from the main restaurant.  This restaurant is the major social area and possesses entirely windowed walls looking over an impressive view of the forested hillside.   Each of the rooms has a balcony with views of the forest  and the grazing area where buffaloes, elephants, zebras plus waterbuck are seen . The decoration in the rooms is very basic with earth tones having red splashes (a color frequently dyed on the local Maasai herdsmen’s clothing). They use Hardwood furniture that is manufactured locally by craftsmen.


The Meals are delicately prepared daily basing on the season. The majority of the food is acquired from the lodge’s farm found in Mufindi. The Breakfast is basically continental and then lunch is a normally a buffet. The Dinner is presented as a 3 course meal including a blend of European, African plus Asian dishes.

Families and Kids

Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge is family friendly facility that allows children. However since there aren’t any nanny services, we greatly recommend that parents keep close supervision of the child to supervise their children.

Eco-friendly facility

There is a fully time generator that provides power at the lodge.  Water conservation is a very crucial concern at the lodge and guests are advised to participate.


Game drives

Nature walks in the forest and crater edge

Visit the Masai Village

Highlights of Rhino Lodge

24 rooms having inside bathrooms

Forest views as well as sights into the Ngorongoro Crater.

Getting There

By Road:

It is a 3 hours drive from Arusha and an entire day’s drive from Mwanza.

By air:

There are scheduled flights coming from Arusha as well as Dar-Es-Salaam every day.