Still another suggestion by A. O. was to stay at Ngorongoro Crater 2 nights instead of the 3 we had initially scheduled. Spot on!! (We thoroughly enjoyed the Masai Village visit )
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Rating 5) – I absolutely loved this lodge. The service, food, staff were great. The crater itself was not my favorite way to safari (in a closed car, on designated roads) but I did enjoy the experience.
As anticipated, this was way over the top - who expects to see electric golf carts in a game lodge? - but great fun for a couple of nights. Super luxurious, superb banda with a great view, personal butler service and everything one could wish for. It was possibly a little too luxurious to have the true feeling of a game lodge - for us the ideal balance is Beho Beho - luxury but with a feeling of intimate contact with the game. Apart from a small hiccup at the beginning, the service and food were excellent. I should explain that after an overnight flight to Nairobi, then a four hour hopping flight with Coastal to Manyara, then a one and a half hour drive to the lodge, we were dog tired on arrival, and all we wanted was a siesta. The manager however was insistent that we have pep talk with others and then lunch before we could go to our banda, about 4 p.m. We were not best pleased. They did however make up for it and more the following day. We arrived back after a nine hour game drive in the crater to find the bath run, surrounded by thousands of rose petals, and with champagne on ice by the bath! That evening our table at dinner was covered with roses and again all around masses of rose petals. Altogether a brilliant day. We suspect there was a little TO sorcery involved! The game viewing was also excellent. Staying at Crater Lodge meant that we could be down in the crater very early, which meant that for the first 3 to 4 hours there were very few other vehicles. The variety of game was astonishing in such a limited area and Mudy was an excellent guide. The only downside (which was understandable in such a limited area) was that the vehicles are not permitted to leave the tracks.
Rooms and view were outstanding, food and staff were excellent. Not sure it is worth the price compared to the other places we stayed.