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With 24 comfortable en-suite rooms, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and delicious African-inspired meals, Rhino Lodge offers an affordable stay with panoramic views over the montane forest and distant Mount Oldeani. Guests regularly encounter wildlife such as elephant, buffalo and waterbuck at the lodge, which you can view from your room’s private deck.
Rhino Lodge is also located in close proximity to the main entrance and road descending to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. You will be able to enjoy an early breakfast and still make it into the crater before the main traffic from Karatu arrives, to ensure that you can make the most of your time at the Crater.
The lodge is situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres above sea level, and it can get quite cold at night. To make sure guests are cozy in their rooms, each room has its own wood-burning stove, which staff will light for you on cold evenings. Guests are also supplied with a hot water bottle.
Unpretentiously rustic, the lodge does not overlook the crater itself but enjoys glorious vistas of misty montane forest and distant Mount Oldeani. It is relatively spartan, but for the more adventurous traveler, it is an interesting and very economical place to stay with enviably close access to the crater floor. We recommend including Rhino Lodge on a privately guided driven safari around some of the northern Tanzania's famous national parks, perhaps starting Arusha, visiting Lake Manyara on the way to the crater and then finishing your safari in the Serengeti, before some time to relax on Zanzibar. A example trip following this routing is the Northern Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar.