Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Arusha

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Arusha

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is located in Arusha, Tanzania. Hotel Features. Currency exchange Restaurant Body treatments Guestrooms.

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published 22/11/2012 | Wasmeier
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Pro Location. Beautiful setting. Beautifully made.
Cons Too crowded. Too much of a touristy feel to it. Food could have been better.
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"Comfort, quality and an amazing setting."

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in northern Tanzania, bordering on the Serengeti National Park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the main feature of it is the Ngorongoro Crater, a giant volcanic caldera, well over 20 km across. The floor of the crater has some stunning scenery and is home to bustling wildlife, including all of the big five (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo). Consequently the crater is very popular as a safari destination.

I visited the Ngorongoro Crater in 2011 and stayed at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. The hotel is situated on the crater rim, is designed to blend in with the surroundings and is invisible from the crater floor. Being so close to the crater floor means it only takes a short time until you start to see the animals when going on game drives. The rooms are relatively basic but they include everything needed when on a safari; clean beds, hot shower, air conditioning and a mosquito net. Every room has a balcony overlooking the crater floor so guests can enjoy the wildlife from above. Although some of the larger animals can be seen with bare eyes, a pair of binoculars is needed for the full experience. Televisions are fortunately absent from the rooms but there is on in the communal room. There is also internet service and a wi-fi but the speeds are low. Mobile network connectivity is also unreliable.

The food was good (not great) and breakfast better than supper (which was a buffet). The service wasn´t the best around or the fastest but the staff were really friendly. There also were some local entertainers performing at evenings which was enjoyable, even though it felt a little fake, i.e. made for tourists. The hotel is not gated and is open for wild animals to wander close. We were walking behind the hotel and saw a couple of antelopes just a few meters away. There also were a few paths around the hotel where you could go for guided walks but I would have enjoyed more choices to get out and about.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay. The location and the setting are beautiful but the insides of the hotel don´t add much to the experience - it´s nice but nothing really special. If you´re looking for a first class place to stay with every bit of luxury available then you should look somewhere else. Otherwise this hotel is likely to meet your needs.

Finally I might add that while on safari I don´t have as high standard requirements as if I was on, say, a beach holiday. In such an instance I probably would be more critical, however, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge would still come close to meeting all my requirements.

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is located in Arusha, Tanzania. Hotel Features. Currency exchange Restaurant Body treatments Guestrooms.

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Long Name: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Address: Crater Rim, Arusha, Tanzania

Street: Crater Rim

City: Arusha

Country: Tanzania

Continent: Africa

Type: Hotel


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