At the eastern edge of the vast Serengeti, the great buttressed slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater rise up through lichen-covered forests to an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens left on earth. Some of Africa's last black rhino are protected within its rim, black maned lions stalk the grasslands, flamingos crowd the soda lakes and giant-tusked elephants wander the forests. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor and fever and fig tree forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures.
Perched on the edge of the ancient crater rim above the cool, swirling mists, is the architectural masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge that is a magnificent return to the noble elegance of the travelling colonials. Inspired in design by the Masai Manyatta, three separate camps of six to twelve suites each remember a bygone era. Each sumptuous suite, steeped in centuries of romance, is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace (the altitude is high here and cold at nights year round) and even draw your bath, ready for your return from your safari, whether it be a lavish picnic on the crater floor or a visit to the home of mankind, The Olduvai Gorge.