Where Versailles Meets Maasai: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

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Welcoming you to The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge setting, the owners, &Beyond, set the tone for you from the very beginning: “The landscape of the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater has to be seen to be believed…the Crater itself is home to more than 25 000 large mammals, an area of spectacular beauty and superb game viewing, a truly unique safari destination.” However, as if that’s not enough, the Lodge embraces all that natural beauty one step further: you can “wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau — brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers, and paneled walls” — and see a wild African landscape just a window away. Referred to as “where Versailles meets Maasai,” the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided into three camps, 30 suites on stilts; they feature banana-leaf ceilings, grass roofs…and personal butlers who see to your every need!

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Imagine your days at this Lodge: you awaken to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, you are served a fabulous breakfast, then you plan your game drives — safari trips that can go on for a morning and return for lunch, of go on all day and which include a picnic. With the abundance of wildlife, your photo opportunities are endless; the Lodge guides are professionals who are seasoned and well-trained to bring you “up close and personal” with sights you’ll never forget. Relax when day is done before a roaring fire — or have a good soak in your sumptuous bathtub, set under a hand-beaded chandelier. Every detail of this marvelous resort is planned to provide you with the ultimate pampering experience, from gourmet dining to spectacular views. Take a look at some of the delights that await you at this Lodge…then plan your trip, and soon!

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).