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Farm House Valley Lodge

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7/10

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Highlights

-Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
-Farm tours and treks with Masai guides
-30 spacious, comfortable rooms
-Pool, well-kept gardens

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Overview

Farm House Valley Lodge is a recently built property hidden away in a 500-acre coffee plantation in the Karatu area of North Tanzania. With superb views across the Rift Valley, this charming lodge is located just 4 kilometres from the Lolduare entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The accommodation provides an excellent base for trips into the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park with their rich and fertile landscapes, stunning craters, lakes and varied wildlife.

The main building with its thatched roof houses a cosy lounge, a restaurant where home-grown produce is served and an expansive decking area with spectacular views of the Oldeani Volcano. Wifi is available in the main building, although the connection can be unreliable. There is a good-sized, unheated swimming pool and a 5km running track. The gardens are well tended but since the property is relatively new, the landscaping is not fully established, limiting the amount of outdoor shade.

Activities here include exploring the working farm and trips to nearby Lake Manyara National Park, or the breathtakingly vast Ngorongoro crater, stalking ground for up to 30,000 animals. This is a highly popular, and consequently busy, location. However, it is still possible to divert from main routes and enjoy spectacular game viewing in more secluded settings. Although hikes in the crater are not possible, there are many trekking opportunities in the wider conservation area. Walks around the coffee plantation with Masai guides are offered, introducing guests to local culture and customs, plus there is plenty of birdlife to see. It’s worth choosing the time of your visit to the highlands carefully since the high altitude means that the area is prone to relatively high rainfall, on the plus side it also creates a malaria-free micro-climate.

The accommodation comprises 30 rooms, 26 standard rooms and 2 family suites. The spacious standard rooms are located in bungalows with mosquito-netted twin or double beds and large en-suite bathrooms with built-in hot showers. Room service and a one-day laundry service are available. There is 24 hour electricity and each room has a charging outlet for devices and cameras. All rooms have views overlooking the Oldeani volcano.

Children are welcome at Farm House Valley. The two family suites are each made up of two interconnecting rooms with en-suite bathrooms, large beds, ceiling fans and a private verandah with fabulous views over the Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. The pool is a real draw for families and there's plenty of space for children to run around in the grounds.

Farm House Valley Lodge is a welcoming and comfortable property in a modest price range. Highly accommodating staff provide guests with rest and relaxation in a beautiful setting amidst a busy safari schedule.

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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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