Rhino Lodge

Immerse yourself in the legacy of Ngorongoro’s conservation pioneers, relish the untamed beauty of the crater’s surroundings, and bask in the warmth of Maasai hospitality at Rhino Lodge

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Overview Of Rhino Lodge

Located just a short distance from the crater’s edge, Rhino Lodge serves as a gateway to one of Africa’s most breathtaking natural wonders. The lodge’s prime position offers unparalleled access to the main gate and the winding road that leads down into the Ngorongoro crater, ensuring that guests can easily immerse themselves in the splendor of this unique ecosystem. Steeped in history, this lodge was once home to Henry Fosbrooke, the visionary who set in motion the journey that culminated in Ngorongoro receiving UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Henry Fosbrooke, the first conservator of Ngorongoro and an instrumental figure in its conservation, resided at Rhino Lodge during his tenure. His remarkable legacy, including the book “The Eighth Wonder,” brought widespread acclaim to the region, paving the way for its global recognition. Today, Rhino Lodge stands as a living testament to its historical significance, retaining its rustic allure while offering affordable accommodation for visitors eager to explore the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater and its surroundings.



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Comfort Amidst Wilderness

As you step into one of Rhino Lodge’s 24 semi-detached rooms, you are greeted by a cozy haven that blends comfort with nature seamlessly. Each room features a private wooden deck overlooking the lush montane forest, providing a serene backdrop for relaxation. Adorned with vibrant Maasai blankets, the rooms exude a touch of local culture, adding a colorful flair to the tranquil surroundings.

After a day of exhilarating exploration in the crater, guests can retreat to the comfort of their rooms, complete with compact en-suite bathrooms featuring hot water showers. Given the lodge’s elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level, the chilly mountain air is no match for the wood-burning stove in each room, thoughtfully tended to by the attentive staff. To ensure utmost warmth, hot water bottles are also provided, promising a cozy respite from the crisp evening air.

While Rhino Lodge does not offer views directly into the crater, its vantage point presents sweeping panoramas of the mist-clad montane forest and the majestic silhouette of Mount Oldeani in the distance. The lodge’s well-manicured grounds serve as a playground for local wildlife, with elephants, buffalo, zebra, and other creatures occasionally gracing the area with their presence. Witnessing these magnificent beings against the backdrop of the wilderness is a captivating experience that adds a layer of enchantment to your stay.

In the communal bar and dining area, guests converge around crackling fires, sharing tales of their adventures amidst the enchanting backdrop. Here, you can savor delectable African-inspired dishes crafted with care, creating a symphony of flavors that celebrate the region’s culinary heritage. As the night unfolds, the Maasai staff may regale you with traditional dances, offering a glimpse into their rich cultural tapestry. The restaurant’s deck, overlooking the sprawling grasslands and verdant forest, provides an idyllic setting for enjoying morning coffee or simply soaking in the serenity of the landscape.