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  • Luxury forest lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Within 40 minutes' drive of Ngorongoro's crater, wildlife and walks
  • Private verandahs and ensuite bathrooms; restaurant and Jacuzzi

Want to experience Africa outdoor style: the sunsets, the woodsmoke, the calls of the hyenas…? Less sure about washing in a bowl and being somebody’s lunch? Dilemma solved at Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge, an outstanding spot 40 minutes' drive from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, where nights under canvas are craftily fused with the fab comforts of a safari lodge.

The crater, 12 miles across with its floor lying about 7,500 feet below the forest, is home to the world’s highest density of lions, as well as wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and buffalo, whose annual migrations make an unforgettable sight from the rim of the crater. Down in the blue-green grasslands, meanwhile, there are excellent odds of spotting lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants.

Back at base, expect restful nights under a canopy of acacia trees and bright mornings breakfasting on your private verandah. Finer vistas are on offer from the balcony of the restaurant: bring your binoculars to breakfast and you might end up there for lunch and dinner too (actually not a problem in this full-board establishment).

It’s year-round growing in this fertile region, so the food is always fresh and local, and when you’ve filled your boots in the evenings, go and sit round the communal campfire to watch traditional dances. The team is happy to organise excursions in the surrounding area... and after days out in the wild, what better way to unwind than in the Jacuzzi...

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Nearby leisure

Leisure/theme park nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby


Tiny (1-10 pitches)


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  • Box 10116, Karatu, Karatu, Tanzania, United Republic of, 255
  • Timezone Africa/Dar_es_Salaam +0300 (GMT+03:00)   GPS 3.3042°S 35.6964°E


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Whether the great migrations are ongoing or not, the views from Ngorongoro's crater rim are tremendous and the wildlife down in the centre so close it’s nearly unreal. To combine watching with walks, climb the Olmoti volcano two hours’ drive away, or hike down the smaller Empakaai crater (two and a half hours) ending up among flapping meadows of pink flamingos at the lake.

Lake Manyara National Park, half an hour away, makes a good intro to Africa’s wilderness: though compact, its diverse bush plains, baobab-dotted crags and hot springs make a haven for pelicans and yellow-billed storks as well as some dangerously talented tree-climbing lions. Take a boat cruise or a canoe safari and you might glide past hippos and crocs as well.

Humans are the main interest at Lake Eyasi (an hour and 20 minutes): the Tindiga and Hadzabe bushmen live a hunter gatherer lifestyle unchanged for aeons, but welcome visitors from the modern world who come to see the tribespeople gathering honey, hunting with handmade weapons and performing dances (almost) as old as the hills.

To head further back into the human past, make the hour and half trip to Olduvai Gorge and its museum: see where the earliest evidence of human life and toolmaking was unearthed amid an impressive ravine.


Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  9:30 a.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge cancellation policy

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

Modifications are subject to a US$20.00 (£15.21) fee.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to and is non-refundable.


A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.
The balance is due 10 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 10 days then the balance should be paid as soon as possible.

Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge will contact you to arrange payment.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a US$20.00 (£15.21) fee.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.