Location

Rhino Lodge Map Ngorongoro
Rhino Lodge Map

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.

GPS COORDINATES:
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.

aerial rhino lodge
Rhino Lodge is only a couple hundred meters from the crater rim

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.

Maasai people of Tanzania
Maasai women
A Maasai boma in ngorongoro conservancy
A Maasai household (boma) near Rhino Lodge

Accommodation

guests arriving rhino lodge ngorongoro crater safari
Guests arriving at the lodge

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.

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Maasai inspired rooms with forest views
A buffalo herd outside the room
A buffalo herd outside the room

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.

Dining room at Rhino Lodge safari lodge ngorongoro
Dining room during dinner

Hot, tasty food is available from the buffet. And after dinner our Maasai staff may entertain you with some traditional dancing.

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Guests enjoying a drink during sunset
Maasai entertaining guest with a dance rhino lodge
Maasai entertaining guest with a traditional dance