A mere few miles from one of the world’s edgiest of edges — Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera anywhere and yet another of Africa’s natural wonder-makers — gorgeous O’ldeani Lodge sits on a magnificent perch. Commanding 360-degree views and set amidst 40 acres of lush gardens to a soundtrack of more than 130 bird species, we’re firmly in Big 5 country now. Our daily game drive safaris regularly feature the finest loping lions, magnificent elephants, hunting hippo and wild-eyed hyena…. Combined with a visit to the local village, a spot of pampering in the spa, or a loll by the cooling infinity pool, expect to find at each turn a lightening of the heart that’s uniquely African. O’ldeani Lodge brings privileged and proximate access to the majesty of Africa’s wildlife.
Each of the Lodge’s 50 handsomely appointed rooms come with infinite views over neighbouring O’ldeani Mountain and spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. All mod-cons are perfectly in place: relax after a morning in the bush in a bathtub with a view, luxuriate under the indoor or the outdoor shower, and achieve perfect ambient temperature with choice of air conditioning or the fireplace. Over at the imposing stone main house, delicious meals and relaxing drinks are served in sumptuous sofas in the open-air lounge and elegant dining room. Wi-fi is offered throughout for those moments when the outside world beckons. (The temptation to share your good luck in the form of a yawning lion close-up or a sunset panorama will be strong, we know.)
Youngsters are properly pampered at their very own Little Explorer’s Club. Games, outings, and safari skills are part and parcel of O’ldeani’s established children’s programme.
When beast and bird are at their most lively, our game drives adventure into the cool light of the morning and waning heat of the day. And, in between, there’s as much to do (or indeed, as little) as you desire. Your ever-ready, ever-amiable Micato Safari Director is on hand for an interpretive bush walk, or perhaps to take a longer look at a rare and intoxicating black rhino. The infinity swimming pool offers cooling respite and, come evening, the outdoor fireplace is a fine setting for an after-dinner drink, or perhaps a spirited Swahili lesson. Gather round the snooker table or settle into a recliner for relaxing film night on the big screen. The Ole Sere Spa provides indulgent treatments. Burn off a particularly delicious lunch in the well-equipped gym or with a trainer-led jog or cycle tour.