Ngorogoro Serena Safari Lodge


Ngorongoro Crater rim

Accommodation Type

Safari lodge

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Watch the wildlife roam the Ngorongoro Crater from the balcony of your lodge. This large, comfortable lodge is on the western rim of the crater, the perfect base for exploration into one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. It’s good value, considering its incredible location, the views are tremendous and the daily game drives to the crater floor will leave you amazed.

With 75 rooms, and a rock construction influenced by a nearby prehistoric site, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a substantial landmark in its own right, although it’s not intrusive as the use of local river stone and a covering of indigenous plants means it blends into the landscape. It has less of a safari lodge feel than a hotel-type atmosphere – but that doesn’t have to be a downside, particularly if you’re combining a stay here with stays in one or two smaller camps. Its major selling points are its incredible location, breath-taking views, ease of access to the crater floor and reasonable value for money. It’s also well set up to cater to children.

You won’t get classic safari camp romance here, but what you will get is plenty of space, air-conditioning and central heating – most mod-cons in fact – and a wide range of optional activities. And for some that makes a welcome break for a night or two during a full-on safari experience, particularly if they’re travelling with children.

Just because you’re staying in a hotel environment doesn’t mean you miss out on a fabulous wildlife experience. Game viewing in the crater bowl is simply awe-inspiring, its contained environment and all-year water sources supporting a great diversity and great numbers of animals. Big cats abound here, as do the prey animals they feed on. And birdlife is stunning.

Times to Go

Game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater is good all year round, but considered best in the dry season from July to October when the vegetation has receded.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge highlights

  • Incredible crater rim location
  • Panoramic views
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Great for families
  • Wide range of activities

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge location

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge


  • 75 rooms with balconies
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages are welcome


  • Game drives
  • Guided nature walk (optional)
  • Sundowners on the crater rim (optional)
  • Nightly cultural entertainment
  • Maasai village visits (optional)
  • Swahili language lessons
  • Cookery lessons
  • Massage (optional)


  • Bird watching
  • Day trips to Arusha National Park
  • Cultural Tours
  • Coffee Plantation Visits
  • Nature Walks
  • Horse riding – special request
  • BBQ nights

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge rooms

Each of the 75 en-suite rooms has french windows opening out onto private balconies offering stunning panoramic views of the crater.

They are all centrally heated and air-conditioned.

There are standard rooms with double or twin beds as well as a suite with a king-size bed in the bedroom plus an adjoining sitting room with a balcony.

Family rooms and adjoining rooms are also available.

Furnishings reflect the prehistoric past with wall paintings, Maasai carvings and balconies made from stone excavated from a local river bed.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“The lodge is involved with many local projects including supporting the local school and orphanage and supporting local craftswomen and dancers.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.