RHINO LODGERhino Lodge offers easy access to the main gate and road descending into the crater.
Rhino Lodge was formerly the home of Ngorongoro’s first conservator, Henry Fosbrooke, Assistant District Officer of the Loliondo district of the Maasai homeland. It was Henry who first attracted popular attention to the area with his book “The Eighth Wonder” and began the movement that eventually led to the status of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rhino Lodge has kept its rustic, old-fashioned charm, and now offers affordable lodging for guests wanting to experience the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding area.
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Situated only a few hundred metres from the crater’s rim, Rhino Lodge offers easy access to the main gate and road descending into the crater.
Stretching out in two L-shaped rows from the main area are 24 semi-detached rooms set around a central courtyard. Outside each room is a long wooden deck overlooking a stretch of high montane forest. Bright Maasai blankets add a splash of colour to the whitewashed walls.
To freshen up after a long day in the crater, each room has a compact en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower.
As it can get quite cold in the area as the lodge is situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres above sea level, each room has its own wood-burning stove, which staff will light for you on cold evenings. You will also be supplied with hot water bottles that can be filled to keep the cold at bay.
Unpretentiously rustic, the lodge does not overlook the crater itself but enjoys glorious vistas of misty montane forest and distant Mount Oldeani. The well-kept grounds are regularly visited by local wildlife. Elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, hyena and Marabou storks sometimes wander across the lawns by day.
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. Here you can enjoy our delicious African-inspired meals with your group. After dinner our Maasai staff may entertain you with some traditional dancing. The restaurant’s deck looks across the grassland towards the forest, also making it a superb spot for morning coffee.