For our day out exploring all the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serena Hotel provided packed lunches for us and for Reginald. We ate these on the shores of the large soda lake in the centre of the crater, Lake Magadi, where it’s considered safe enough to get out of your vehicle. It was wonderful to stretch our legs, soak up some sun and enjoy our meal of hard-boiled eggs, chicken, rolls and oranges. While the dinners we had each evening in the hotel restaurant were fantastic and served in a lovely setting, this “dining room” at the heart of one of the world’s largest craters had an attraction all of its own.
In the crater there are two picnic spots. Both have toilets, but you have to bring your own food. The one at the edge of the woodlands is a good stop, but the other at the water is better for lunch.
Be aware off the birds, they steal your food and do peck! And ofcourse all the animals of the crater can have the same idea and come to lunch at the watersedge. When we were there two elephants came to drink. Be sure to keep out of their way and all will be well.