|NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE - NGORONGORO - TANZANIA
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge has been regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world; this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below.
Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.
The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area lies immediately adjacent to the Serengeti National Park and 180 kilometers from Arusha.
By road: transfers by road from Arusha take approximately 4 hours.
By air: there is an adjacent airstrip and a ‘meet and greet' and transfer service is offered.
Strung around the Crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylized prehistoric cave paintings. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater's unmatched splendor.
Standard room: the facilities include:
* Direct dial telephone and WiFi
* Laundry, valet and shoeshine services
* Mineral water and toiletries
* Bathrobe and slippers
* 24-hour room service
* Safe and hairdryers (from reception)
* 24-hour medical service
* Children’s meals, beds, babysitting
The Kimba Suite: enjoys a perfect view of the crater. The spacious bedroom is luxuriously appointed with a king-sized double bed with walk-in mosquito net, sumptuous furnishings, dressing area and natural stone en suite bathroom.
The split-level rock-built dining and bar area features a wall of windows, which look down on to the constantly changing vistas of the crater below while double doors lead out on to a broad viewing terrace. Clustered around a glowing central fireplace, the space is decorated with prehistoric cave paintings and lit by stylized torches.
Breakfast and lunch
Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, they offer a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.
Their table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of meat and dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the conservation area.
Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks
The wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. They also offer a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. And serve only the finest Tanzanian coffee and tea; they also offer a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge staff are experts in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. They have a number of dedicated sites, which are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, ‘bush bar’ and a ‘bush kitchen’, where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from the hotel kitchens). In the evenings, ‘sun-downer’ cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit ‘bush dinner’.
Conferences, Meetings and Events
The Serena Group has unrivalled experience in organizing a unique range of corporate and social events, all of which are supported by state-of-the-art facilities, orchestrated by highly-trained personnel, and enjoy luxury accommodation, world-class catering and diverse leisure options.
The lodge has its own dedicated under-canvas conference or event space, which stands in the grounds with stunning views over the crater rim to the plains below. Exceptionally spacious, the venue features a raised wooden floor and canvas walls and ceilings. This supremely different conference venue offers all the features of a normal conference room, with the added attraction of a stylish safari look and feel.
The facilities include:
* A tented space with external terrace and lawns where delegate reception procedures can be hosted
* Modern, modular events furniture, which can be tailored to your specifications
* PA system, LCD overhead projector, podium, flip charts and marker pens
* Delegate pads, pens/pencils, individual mineral water supply
* Business support (secretarial services, photo-copying, WiFi and a full range of global communications)
* ‘Meet and greet' services
Weddings and Honeymoons in the Ngorongoro Crater
The memories of your Ngorongoro experience will remain with you forever, as will those of your wedding and honeymoon. As a wedding venue, the Ngorongoro is unique. The ‘Eighth Wonder of the World' it provides the ideal opportunity for an authentic Maasai wedding on the rim of the Crater, with local chief, dancers and choir. Alternatively, your ceremony can be enacted on the Crater floor, or on the panoramic terrace of the lodge.
They have extensive experience in planning and staging a wide variety of weddings and receptions, and can also take care of all the necessary formalities; from provision of registrar and certificates to working with you to determine the type of cake, reception and entertainment you would like.
They also offer some unique family and friends accommodation packages, ‘his and hers' pre-wedding preparation options, and a choice of honeymoon options.
* A traditional Maasai wedding with local chief, dancers and choir
* Crater floor, bush or terrace wedding ceremony
* Individually tailored ‘bush brunch' or ‘savannah barbecue'
* Individually themed champagne reception - at the lodge or in the bush
* Tailor-made wedding cake
* Private candle-lit honeymoon dinner for two
* Luxurious honeymoon suite supplied with wine and tropical fruit
* Cultural dance performance for you and your guests
* Photography and videoing of your special day
* Special accommodation packages for the entire wedding party.
Facilities at a Glance
* 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
* Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
* Extensive viewing terraces
* Game drives into the Crater daily
* Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
* Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
* Tented conference centre
* Extensive selection of sports and activities
* Cultural dance and music
* TV room with satellite TV.
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