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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
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#30 of 39 Speciality lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
A beautiful tented camp at the edge of the Ngorongoro Tropical Forest.Enjoy romantic sun downers or twilight dinners on your veranda with theastonishing landscape views of the dense forest. Watch wildlife, likeelephants, roaming through the forest, hear the lions roar and listen to the magical sounds of the tropical night.The camp is set a 10 kilometer scenic drive away from the main road leading from the bustling commercial center of Karatu town to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. The camp is located on a highland coffee plantation at an altitude of 1,800 m, directly bordering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCAA). Forest Crater Tented Camp is operated as a small scale eco-friendly camp with 15 luxury tented rooms, on highly raised platforms with magnificent views over the Ngorongoro Forest. The rooms are spacious, stylishly furnished and have en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower and flush toilet. There is even an African-style fire pot in every room, to keep warm in those chilly upland nights. In the morning you will wake up to the sounds of the awakening forest, when the nocturnal wildlife makes way for a mistily rising sunlight. Rise and shine for a new day…Staying at Crater Forest Tented Camp will be an experience you'll never forget.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Private check-in / check-out
Sun terrace
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Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport567 kmSee all flights
Lake Manyara Airport30 kmSee all flights
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JPatterson wrote a review Jun 2020
9 contributions2 helpful votes
I wanted to like this place. The staff was friendly. The view incredible. The food delicious. After 8 days of safari, the road to this place was brutal. What should have been 15 minutes was interminable. As one of the comic highlights of our entire Africa trip, my friend could not operate the hot water properly. The offered solution was to bring her a bucket of water. She was not amused. I could not stop laughing. We came in late and left early. We were not there to enjoy the scenery, only for the bed. If I could go in once and just relax, I may have enjoyed it more. However, going down that road for a place to sleep is not on my "do again" list.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Dani wrote a review Sep 2019
Spring Lake, New Jersey42 contributions9 helpful votes
Wow I loved our stay at this place! The tents were not the usual camping tents, they were more like glamping tents. And the views from ours was amazing! Sunset was right in front of our porch. The beds were comfortable with clean sheets and pillows. The shower and toilet were clean and fullly functioning. They even lit our little pot at night for warmth. The staff was incredible. We had some time to sit in front of the bonfire, drink, and relax and they were very attentive making sure that we got what we needed. Dinner was delicious. We loved everything and appreciated that the chef considered that we were lactose intolerant. No wifi in the rooms, only in the dining area/reception. I didn't use the plugs, but I believe there were some in the tent. The 10km drive from the main road to the lodge was pretty rough. You pass though a coffee plantation on the way. They even jokingly call it an African massage, but once you get through it, you get to stay at this lovely place.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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karkeys16 wrote a review Aug 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia58 contributions29 helpful votes
If you are looking for a delightful, rustic, remote but very nice location, this is it. Yes, there is a long bumpy road trip to the remote location (10K); however, it travels through a lovely area and you feel like you are going somewhere very special. One of the absolutely best parts of this remote location is that there is amazing internet in the main lodge (best coverage in all that we had in Tanzania). The food is nice but not many choices. The rooms are comfortable, clean and have hot water. We loved it and you will too if you are looking for a quiet removed cool tented lodge.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Xena wrote a review Aug 2019
Montreal, Canada460 contributions51 helpful votes
Nice tented camp located on a hill close to the Ngorongoro Crater, surrounded by coffee plantations and maize fields. Rooms, inside individual tents, are spacious and offer a terrace with a view of a lush green hill. There are private showers and flush toilets in every room. They're not very well-lit at night however, so bring flashlights. There is unlimited wifi available in common areas (dining tent, reception, and lounge). You can also charge your devices at the reception. The staff, including the security guards, are very friendly. One security guard called Lazaro took us for a long afternoon walk in the surrounding area; he introduced us to the local plants and fruits and told us about his own life as a Maasai. Dinner is served at your table; it is not a buffet, unlike most safari camps and lodges. We had beef goulash with rice, cabbage and seasonal veg; bread and pumpkin soup; Russian salad; and lemon cake with chocolate syrup. Everything tasted really great and the portions were perfectly sized. Breakfast is also not a buffet. We had a fruit platter, 1 toast, 1 crepe, and a choice of eggs. Lunchboxes are provided for those going on safari. Overall a nice place for a stop on safari. The selling point is the cute environment and wonderful view, as well as its proximity to Ngorongoro Crater. Only downsides: 1. It can be dark in the tent at night. 2. Wifi not available in our individual tents, only in common areas. 3. Located far from the main road and quite difficult to find.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
David H wrote a review Jul 2019
Manly, Australia131 contributions54 helpful votes
We were nervous about the location, but it isn’t so bad. You are just outside the park entrance, and then 30-40 minutes along a tough road (when dry). The drive itself is interesting via well-cultivated corn and bananas and then a coffee plantation. Location is the major disadvantage. You add maybe 2 hours compared with any “best case” lodges located in the park and closer to the descent road. Once there it was fine. The accomodation is high quality tents with their own shower / toilet, just like the camps we saw in Serengeti, including a lovely view onto the crater walls. Really nice. The tents are on wooden platforms with a tin roof so well-protected, a hybrid of a safari tent and a cabin. Lovely to sit on the veradah in the afternoon.. There is hot water (!?) after a few minutes via some complex plumbing and a wood fired boiler. This is good. Better than relying on someone to cart a bucket of limited hot water on request (as was our Serengeti experience). You need an escort to/from tents in the dark, just as you do in (e.g.) Serengeti and the wildlife is no less dangerous so I don’t see that as a negative, since by the time you are back in your room there’s little need to go wandering in the dark. The reason my review is moderate is the location penalty (which should be weighed up $ vs time) plus the food being just OK, and the public areas being a little bit dark / aging. However the staff were professional and friendly so I would have no problem recommending this as long as the $ vs. time trade off makes sense for visitors to Ngorongoro. If we had been closer we would have missed the leopard skulking along the crater rim road!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
US$201 - US$206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaArusha RegionNgorongoro Conservation Area
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crater Forest Tented Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Crater Forest Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Crater Forest Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Crater Forest Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.