- Excellent for Ngorongoro & Manyara
- Large swimming pool
- Spacious rooms and lovely views
- Working farm tours
Farm House Valley Lodge is a beautiful and brand new farm lodge in an excellent location for visiting Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Based on a 500 acre working coffee farm, the lodge boasts outstanding views across rolling hills to the Oldeani volcano in the Rift Valley. Most people use the lodge as a base for visiting the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, however low key activities are also on offer, including short farm tours or treks with Maasai guides.
The lodge itself has 26 spacious standard rooms, each of which comes with en-suite shower room, outside seating area, 24 hour electricity, internal telephone and charging points. The rooms are scattered around the gardens and have good pathways to the main living area. The main lodge has a cosy, farm-house feel with dining and lounge areas and a lovely (unheated) swimming pool with views over the Oldeani volcano.
Breakfast and dinners are served in the restaurant or on the veranda. Wherever possible, home grown vegetables are used in the menus. There's a nightly camp-fire for atmospheric pre-dinner drinks, or guests can sit back and relax in the spacious lounge.
Farm House Valley Lodge is a great base for families, offering reasonable value, easy access to the Ngorongoro Crater and, above all, a relaxing retreat with plenty of space for children to let off steam. Guided walks and visits to the working farms are possible and the swimming pool is a real draw. There are 2 family suites, each consisting of two inter-connected tents on raised wooden platforms with en-suite shower rooms and fans. Both have outdoor seating areas with views of the Rift Valley & Lake Manyara. There are also 2 standard family rooms. Note that the lodge is unfenced and while it's unlikely that animals will approach humans, parents must keep children under constant supervision.
Farm House Valley Lodge is a relaxing retreat offering a wide range of activities and good value for money in a beautiful location.
-Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
-Farm tours and treks with Masai guides
-30 spacious, comfortable rooms
-Pool, well-kept gardens
- Base for Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
- Farm tours & treks with Maasai guides
- 51 rooms
- Pool and lovely gardens
- Convenient for Ngorongoro Crater
- Lovely Gardens
- Swimming Pool
- Farm Walks
- Spectacular veranda views
- Rustic eco friendly camp
- Walking game trails
- Locally produced vegetables and coffee
- Stunning rural location with fabulous views
- 20 luxurious suites in 10 private cottages
- Horseriding, game drives, treks
- Pool, spa, superb gardens
- Tranquil hideaway
- Beautiful cottages
- Guided walks
- Mountain biking
- Eccentric design
- Extraordinary views
- Private butler
- Excellent Ngorongoro Crater location
- Maasai village visits
- Guided walks
- Family friendly
- Superb elevated location, fabulous views
- Game drives, nature walks
- Cultural visits
- Asilia Portfolio
- Brand new, luxury tented camp
- Stunning, elevated location
- Good range of activities
- Nomad Tanzania portfolio
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019