There is a reason this lodge has been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List. Perched on the edge of the eponymous crater, the views alone from AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge are reason enough to stay here: vast vistas across the broad expanse of what has become affectionately known as the “8th Wonder of the World.” This idyllic setting is also convenient, making the morning game drives down into this massive intact caldera that much easier. A mind-boggling 30,000 creatures roam there, providing an incomparable game-viewing experience. Yet this region is about more than just animals. With over 40,000 predominantly Maasai pastoralists inhabiting the area, this is a delightful example of man living in harmony with wildlife. When you return to camp, luxuriate in one of the 30 luxury suites here admiring the Tanzanian hardwoods, rich raw silk curtains, hand-beaded chandeliers, gilt mirrors while you unwind by the fireplace. Each stilted, handcrafted mud-and-thatch suite features impeccable details, like a centerpiece of fresh roses, huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Perhaps most magnificent: the bedroom, sitting room and en suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the 3-million-year-old Crater below. And like all AndBeyond properties, service is a hallmark here – your personal butler will discreetly tend to your every need, bringing you tea in bed, stoking your fireplace and even drawing your bath.