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Ngorongoro Farm House

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7/10

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Highlights

- Base for Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
- Farm tours & treks with Maasai guides
- 51 rooms
- Pool and lovely gardens

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Overview

Ngorongoro Farm House is nestled in a 500 acre coffee plantation near Karatu in North Tanzania, just 4 kilometres from the Lolduare entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where volcanic craters form a stunning backdrop to some of Africa’s richest grazing grounds. This expansive property, with its far-ranging views, is in close proximity to the Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Preservation of the traditional lifestyles of local tribes is a priority here, and there are plenty of opportunities to interact with the Maasai and Irawq communities.

The main building, with its thatched roof, houses the comfortable lounge area, restaurant and library. Expansive decking areas offer spectacular views of the Oldeani Volcano and there is a curio shop, a good-sized pool and plenty of shade in the well-established gardens. Massage treatments are also available.

Activities here include exploring the plantation itself, and also trips to nearby Lake Manyara National Park, home to a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife, or to the breathtakingly vast Ngorongoro crater, stalking ground for up to 30,000 animals at any one time. This is the best place in Tanzania to see the Big 5, so high volumes of vehicle traffic can be expected at times. Although hikes in the crater itself are not possible, there are plenty of trekking opportunities in the wider conservation area. Closer to home, walks around the coffee plantation, farm and extensive vegetable garden are offered by Maasai guides, introducing guests to local culture and customs. Note that it’s worth choosing the time of your visit carefully since the high altitude does mean that the area is prone to relatively high rainfall, on the plus side the altitude creates a malaria-free micro-climate.

The accommodation is comprised of 3 separate camps with a total of 51 spacious suites, each with its own seating area, en-suite bathroom and viewing veranda. There is a good range of room types from double, twin and triple to family suites. While the property is large, the rooms are well spaced out amidst the luscious foliage and guests can still enjoy tranquility. Be aware, however, that some of the rooms are a long walk from the main building. The lodge has eco-friendly solar power with a back-up generator, cell phone reception and limited land lines. There is no air conditioning.

Provision for children at the Farm House is good, with no age restrictions. Each of the 3 family suites have 2 interconnecting rooms with en-suite bathrooms, indoor seating and verandas. Games such as volleyball and croquet are often set up in the mature, well-tended gardens. Note that the lodge is unfenced, so children must be well behaved and kept under constant parental supervision.

Belonging to the Tanganyika property portfolio, Ngorongoro Farm House is one of the best options in its price range and is popular with families and groups. Guests can expect a comfortable stay with good facilities and reliable service.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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