Ngorongoro Farm House

 ngorongoro farm house

A small and exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, only 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate, was built to offer our clients an original experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of the old days.

Ngorongoro Farm House was inaugurated on February 20th 2003, and is offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.

Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover within any safari in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place to visit the Crater or enjoy a bunch of activities: Like a walking safari to the adjacent forest leading to the Oldeani Volcano or an excursion to the nearby Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, still inhabited by a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe, a relic of ancient times who still follow a style of life similar to the humans who inhabited the Earth before the discovery of agriculture.

Another interesting tribe are the Datoga or Barabaig, also called Mangati (fierce enemy) by the Maasai who expelled them from the Ngorongoro Highlands during their unstoppable advance to the south some time in the 19th century.

A visit to the village of Karatu or the Njia Panda school, rehabilitated with the contributions of our clients, can also make the day of anyone interested in cultural interaction or in helping to the development of the rural communities of Africa.

By Air
North charters companies flies to and from Arusha to Manyara airstrip on a daily basis, approximately 25 min flight. Also contects with flights to and from Serengeti.

By Road
The route takes approximately 2 1/2 hours, from Arusha.


52 Large Double-chalet Rooms

Standard Rooms
Twins: 25
Double (King Bed): 17
Triples: 7
Interconected rooms: 6

Suite Rooms
Double (King bed):  3

• All Rooms have large beds
• Each suite has a private verandah
• Walkways
• Telephones in rooms

• All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with built in showers
• Mosquito nets

Check In – 12h00 | Check Out – 10h00

Dining at Ngorongoro Farm House

Meals are normally served in the main building and sometimes a buffet lunch is set-up around the pool. Guests have an ample choice of food prepared with local produce and served in buffets. For special groups it is possible to book The Explorers Club.


Swimming pool at Ngorongoro Farm House

• Swimming Pool
• Transfers can be arranged to / from Arusha
• Cell phone reception
• Limited Land Lines
• Welcome drinks on arrival
• Please advise if you have any dietary requirements
• The water is safe to drink, while bottled water is placed in your room courtesy of Ngorongoro Farm House
• Credit card
• Internet

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

ngorongoro sopa lodge

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.


Brightly coloured flowers of many species of shrubs border the paved pathways which lead away from both sides of the swimming pool to our guest rooms which are built to the same design.

When you step through your door, you will probably hold your breath while you stare over the two queen size beds, and through the window walling of the lower level, enclosed solarium at the view of the crater beyond.

And the luxury doesn’t stop there. Because of its altitude the lodge can be chilly at night so each room has central heating; hot water bottles are placed in every bed during our evening turndown service; and our luxuriously appointed bathrooms have extremely spacious showers under which you can reminisce about the wonders of this awesome, almost magically mystical place called Ngorongoro.

All rooms are equipped with amenities to ensure maximum comfort during your stay with us. Among these are our wake up calls and complimentary coffee and tea, all of which will help to kick start an early morning game drive.

Dining Experience

Lemala Hill Restaurant

The Lemala Hill restaurant offers an exquisite culinary experience with a fusion of continental and local cuisine to cater for all palates. The restaurant is thoughtfully fitted with ceiling to floor glass walls that offer guests panoramic views of the crater as they enjoy an expansive buffet breakfast selection, lunch or dinner. Lunch and dinner are served A la Carte on select days of the week.

Crater View Bar

Get immersed in the décor, which is heavily influenced by rich earthy browns, African artifacts and depictions of Maasai warriors that have been deftly carved onto the towering pillars. The bar’s bold yet welcoming character conveys an infusion of the lodge’s pervasive afro theme and its natural surroundings. Whether you’re inclined towards refined single malt whiskeys, aged red wine or you simply crave the award-winning local beers, the Crater View Bar’s timelessly elegant fireplace offers the ideal place to cozy up during chilly evenings.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

ngorongoro serena lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania 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.

Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, this luxury safari 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. The location, the service and the luxury accommodation make Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge the ultimate destination for a unique safari experience in Tanzania.


  • 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
  • Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Game drives into the Crater daily
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, Wi-Fi
  • Tented conference centre
  • Extensive selection of sports and activities
  • Cultural dance and music
  • TV room with satellite TV.

Kisima Ngeda - Karatu

kisima ngeda

The camp is located on the eastern shore of Lake Eyasi. It's about 3 ½ hours drive from Arusha or a couple of hours from Karatu.This small, tented camp is a great example of a well-run, owner-operated camp. It's set in the shade of a grove of doum palms, on the eastern shore of Lake Eyasi, with magnificent views across the soda lake to the 3000 ft escarpment on the other side. To the north are the Ngorongoro Highlands with Lemagrut and Ol Deani mountains (both extinct volcanoes and close to 10,000 ft) in the foreground. Scenically, this area is stunning.

Number of rooms and description:
The camp itself consists of six guest sleeping tents built on permanent platforms and a large dining tent. All these are thatched with traditional palm fronds and the ensuite bathroom section is built with natural palm stems, giving it a rustic appearance. There is hot and cold running water supplied by a spring and heated through environmentally friendly “kuni boilers” that burn dry palm fronds that have fallen from the trees. Toilets are flush type and there is a proper septic system in place. Furniture and bedding is comfortable and in keeping with traditional safari style. Lighting is supplied by inverter and generator and is of the energy saving type. From all tents there is a beautiful view of the lake.

Restaurant & Bar:
With young enthusiastic hosts, the highest standards of service, and excellent food served 'al fresco' under a star studded African sky, Kisima Ngeda is perfect for an unforgettable few nights off the beaten track.

Nature and its beauty is only one of the reasons to visit this remote area. There is a little known cultural aspect that has drawn small numbers of discerning travelers for many years. The waHadzabe are the last remnants of a tribe of hunter gatherers that were pushed out of the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding conservation area hundreds of years ago by incoming pastoralist groups, including the Maasai. Moving slowly down the foothills of Oldeani and along the lakeshore, this group of people is one of the last of its kind in Africa. Small in stature and speaking an ancient click dialect they survive by their ability to blend into and subsist through their surroundings. A visit with them can be arranged and a morning or full day spent walking, hunting and gathering is a haunting experience.

Kitela Lodge

kitela lodge

Kitela Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on top of a valley overlooking a coffee plantation, the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro crater and a beautiful waterfall. It consists of 20 spacious suites in cottages built in the style of an old colonial farm offering guests a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens. Includes pool.

By Air
Manyara airstrip receives schedule flights from Arusha and Serengeti. It is also possible to use the Ngorongoro airstrip for charter flights.

By Road
142km from Arusha
27.2km from Kambi ya Tembo
18km from Ngorongoro Gate
8km from Karatu


Meals are normally served in the main building and sometimes a buffet lunch is set-up around the pool. Guests have an ample choice of food prepared with home produced vegetables and served in buffets.


Kitela Lodge - Bedroom and BathroomROOM CONFIGURATION
20 Large Suites with Bathrooms
Interconnected Rooms: 4
King Beds: 9
Triple Rooms with 3 Beds: 3
Twin Beds: 20

• All Rooms have large beds
• Telephones in rooms

• All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with built in showers
• Mosquito nets

Check In – 12h00 | Check Out – 10h00

Ngorongoro Gibb's Farm

ngorongoro gibbs farm

Upon arrival, an intimate garden path beckons you to the authentic farmhouse, gently refurbished to offer a rustic, luxurious and welcoming sanctuary. One of the first guesthouses in northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm began as a coffee farm in the late 1920s. The sense of history is palpable as you stroll through the gardens or sit on your veranda overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest.

Gibb’s Farm is a small and intimate hotel perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Surrounded by coffee plantations and the vegetable farm, with the rainforest of Ngorongoro above, it has long views over the beautiful agricultural country to the east and south.

Number of rooms and description:
Sleeping accommodation is in 15 double rooms (seven of them in separate cottages) set among the gardens.

Restaurant and bar:
The main facilities - lounge, dinning room - are situated in the old colonial farmhouse.

The main facilities, consisting of a sitting room, reading room, dining room, bar and gift shop, are situated in the old farmhouse.
In cooler evenings, relax by the fireside, but most of the time you will want to be outside, enjoying the gardens, the view or the night sky. When you are ready, come in for dinner.

Zawadi Boutique

Bring a sense of joy and contentment home with you. The Zawadi Boutique offers a wonderful selection of unique East African books, artwork, carvings, textiles, decorative art, exotic jewelry and Gibb’s Farm’s special organic Arabica coffee.