CATEGORY (Ministry of Tourism classification):
In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, at least 190
km (4 hours) from Arusha.
The lodge is perched on the rim of the
incomparable Ngorongoro Crater, which is the
second largest crater in the world. It is built
mainly from natural stone and local wood and
timber. The panoramic windows encompass a superb
view of the 311 sq. km crater teeming with
wildlife. Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge offers a
magnificent perspective from the lodges' scenic
NUMBER OF ROOMS:
75 standard rooms (63 twins and 12 doubles), 01
one presidential suite and two junior suites. 10
rooms have Inter-connecting doors.
Very large spacious rooms with fabulous view over
Central heating system, bathroom with bathtub, all
rooms are naturally ventilated and are equipped
with mosquito nets in front of all the ventilation
Spectacular view of the floor of the Crater from
the terrace and rooms.
The Panoramic Restaurant - a capacity of 150.
The Rhino Lounge, terrace with scenic view over
Lunch barbeques on the floor of the crater and
lunches boxes with prior notice.
? Large Dining room, Lounge and Bar
? Gift Shop and Boutique
? Travel Office
? Central Heating System
• Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater
• Video films on the life of wild animals and use
• Guided walking safaris along the edge of the
crater towards Lake Eyasi
• Enjoy panoramic views over the crater.
FACILITIES: Available for a capacity of
150. Equipment not available.
CLIMATE: At 2286 meters (7,600 feet) above
sea level. Chilly and cold weather, especially
during the winter months of June and July when
temperatures can get as low as 10' C or 50'F.
Rest of the time is sunny. Rains between
November and May
MWAGUSI SAFARI LODGE
CATEGORY (Ministry of Tourism Classification):
Nestled into a bank of the Mwagusi Sand River,
this small exclusive tented camp overlooks a
watering hole in the riverbed . The sight of over
2,000 buffalo flooding the riverbed below the
tents and dining banda is not uncommon.
Camp is without doubt the best safari camp in
Ruaha National Park. It is in a better position
within the park than other lodges, is more stylish
and luxurious and it is more professional and
competent about its game-viewing. This lodge is of
the very highest standard and amongst the very
best in Tanzania.
Its is also amongst the most expensive lodge in
Ruaha, but rightly so and in our opinion it is
worth digging a little deeper for the considerable
elevation in experience to be had here in
comparison with other lodges in the park.
The writer John Hemmingway once wrote that the
camp is designed as a "boys fantasy of
independence" along the lines of a traditional
old-style African safari experience.
NUMBER OF ROOMS:
The tents are designed within thatched bandas each
with high density mattresses, dressing table,
wardrobe, luggage racks and safari chairs all
built in the traditional style of the camp. Solar
powered lights as well as a number of traditional
hurricane lamps provide lighting. At the front of
each banda is a large covered veranda with a table
and armchairs made from local materials. Each
banda has a 'en suite' bathroom with flush loo and
hot shower. The best of game viewing can be
experienced from the seclusion of your veranda.
Mwagusi Safari Camp looks out over the dry bed of
a sand river where animals come to dig for water.
Buffalo horns, delicate snail shells and the
beautiful shapes of weathered wood lie
side-by-side with local carvings and hand-woven
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The food here is of a pretty high standard and
actually quite innovative for a safari camp.
Breakfast is sometimes served in camp and
sometimes out in the bush, depending on what you
are getting up to that day. The highlight for us
was the home-made jams from Iringa Women's
Cooperative, which easily made up in taste what it
lacked in consistency.
Lunch is usually served in the main mess, although
those out on all day expeditions will take a
picnic. This takes the form of a pretty light
meal. Our favourite is the chicken satay with a
sweet-and-sour and a peanut sauce, accompanied by
various interesting salads, using the freshest
ingredients from the farm
s to the south of the park.
Sundowners are usually taken at a strategically
chosen spot, such as the large rock in the middle
of the river a few kilometres north of camp, from
the top of which it is often possible to see some
good wildlife action.
Dinner can take place in any number of locations,
the best of which is probably inside the river
bed, where a campfire is set at the foot of a
small cliff, which makes for a great atmosphere.
Drinks are not included in the room rate.
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