Located on the eastern rim of the crater with spectacular sunsets.
High above the Ngorongoro Crater, right on the rim, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is themed around traditional circular African houses, with stone walls and conical roofs. The location is one of the best in Ngorongoro, on the quieter eastern side with one of the quickest access roads down into the crater. If you head out early, chances are you’ll be able to enjoy some quiet time in the crater before the crowds arrive. On clear evenings, the sunsets here are wonderful.
The glass-fronted main building looks out to the swimming pool, manicured lawns and the crater beyond. Meals are taken in the large thatch-roofed Lemala Hill restaurant, alternating between buffets and table d’hote menus with a variety of choices. There’s also a circular bar with carved African-style panels and a light and airy lounge with large glass panels to enjoy the panoramic views.
Comfortable rooms are housed on the upper or lower floors of a series of two-storey circular buildings, reached by stone walkways. Traditional in style, with earthy colours, exposed brickwork and wood-panelled ceilings, they feature two queensize beds, a bathroom with shower and small bath, and central heating – a welcome necessity during the cold season. All rooms also have an indoor balcony area with floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can make the most of the view without being exposed to the chilly evening air.
On the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, at the highest point of the crater rim
Good to know
• Enjoy a picnic on the crater floor* • Experience traditional Maasai dancing around the campfire • Head down early into the crater on full-day game drives*.
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant • Park fees.
*Denotes local charge