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Rhino Lodge

Serengeti & the North

Rating: Basic    

Rhino Lodge overview

The 24 en-suite rooms of Rhino Lodge are in a forest setting some way back from the Crater rim. The main house was where Ngorongoro’s first conservationist lived. It looks a bit like a school, and there is nothing fancy about this low-impact lodge – it is just simple and clean. However the staff are friendly, the food is plentiful and tasty, and the lodge gets generally very good feedback.

The rooms each have a small verandah, there is an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and a small wood-burning stove for chilly evenings – and you get a hot water bottle if it’s particularly cold!

The lounge/dining area has 2 large fireplaces and comfy sofas where you can relax and chat about the day's events and activities.

This is obviously a great base from which to take game drives in the Ngorongoro. However you might also like to do some walks from the lodge and maybe visit a local Maasai village.

Rhino Lodge operates in conjunction with local Maasai communities and some of your fee supports these communities and contributes to protecting the delicate balance between the Maasai's pastoralist lifestyle, conservation and tourism.


Open: Open all year.

Location: The lodge is on the south side of Ngorongoro Crater rim. It is on the south side of the road which goes around this part of the crater.

Rooms: There are 24 rooms all on the ground floor, each with a verandah. They all have en-suite bathrooms with a shower, twin or double beds, and a woodburning stove. They are simply furnished and decorated, but comfortable and clean.

Activities: The lodge is used as a base from which to enjoy the Ngorongoro Crater. You can also do walks from here, and visit a local Maasai village.

Facilities: There is a lounge/dining room with two large fireplaces.

Dining: Plentiful and tasty buffet-style meals are offered.

Children: Children are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: Mobile signals are usually OK here. There is no wifi.

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Marlene Freeman

"Food -Staff-Excellent"

Amanda Marks, Tribes
"I sadly didn't get a chance to stay the night here, but I did visit it and have a good look around, and I met the staff and managers.  I came away with a good feeling about the place. It's friendly, simple and unfussy, and in a really great position. "
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