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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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(5.00/5)

  • 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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