Crater Forest Tented Lodge
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Crater Forest Tented Lodge
A short drive outside of Ngorongoro Crater is The Crater Forest Tented Lodge. Because this lodge is higher up in elevation (1800M), there are not the concerns with mosquitos that you have at lower elevations, at least when we went in January. The road up to the lodge is dirt and can be treacherously muddy if there has been rain, which is more common up in the mountains than down in the Serengeti. Our guides were not sure we would be able to make it, and had already arranged lodging at another location just in case. The drive up passes coffee plantations as well as the remains of an early British, colonial, brick buildings that are now local homes. The lodge is made up of a large, open air, dining hall as well as a smaller lounge area and an outdoor firepit. The lodges are spread apart along a trail so there is a definite feeling of seclusion. Lodge staff will walk you to your lodge after dark, which as nice considering how dark it really gets. They will also light a fire for you in the Chiminea type stove in each tent if you ask. The night time temps got chilly due to the elevation, but this also prevented the need for mosquito netting. Meals were good, although similar to meals at most of the other lodges we stayed at. This was probably my favorite lodge out of all the ones we stayed at simply because of the secluded feel and higher elevation.
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