- Stunning rural location with fabulous views
- 20 luxurious suites in 10 private cottages
- Horseriding, game drives, treks
- Pool, spa, superb gardens
The Manor at Ngorongoro is an upmarket, architecturally impressive property set high in the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands outside Karatu. It is found nestled in a 1,500 acre coffee plantation and provides a luxurious base from which to explore the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation area, home to rich and varied landscapes, abundant wildlife and local tribes who maintain their traditional way of life.
The elevated location of the property provides commanding views over the surrounding plantations and its magnificent gardens house a swimming pool, luxury spa and stables. Being so high up, it can be cloudy here in the mornings but on the positive side the high altitude makes for a malaria-free micro climate. There is a fine dining restaurant in the main Manor House offering à la carte menus and a good choice of wine. Despite the somewhat formal nature of the dining, casual dress is acceptable, in keeping with the relaxed safari ambiance. Wifi is also available, although not in the private accommodation areas.
Guest comfort is a given and the accommodation comprises 9 well-positioned, luxurious Cape Dutch style Manor Cottages, each housing 2 lavish suites with private sun terrace, indoor sitting room, fireplace and enormous en-suite bathroom with twin vanity basins and large ‘rainfall’ showers. There is a nightly turndown service, room and laundry services and a safe in every room.
We use lodges in this area as a base for game drives in the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly impressive volcanic crater which provides a 'natural enclosure' for a huge variety of wildlife, meaning some of the best game drives in Africa. The area can become congested with vehicle traffic, however it’s still possible to divert from the beaten path and enjoy game viewing in a more secluded setting. At the Manor itself there is plenty to do from exploring the coffee plantation, horse riding, playing croquet on the stunning lawns or relaxing in the pool or spa. The manor’s stables provide horses and ponies suitable for most ages and guided treks are offered at an additional cost.
Children of all ages are welcome here and parents can be reassured by the electric fence surrounding the property to keep any wildlife at bay. Although extra beds can be added to the Manor Cottage suites, Stable Cottage is a separate building providing optimum accommodation for families. The ground floor houses a master bedroom and twin bedroom, each with en-suite bathrooms and a well-appointed family lounge area. There is also a small separate dining area with lounge and fireplace. Upstairs there’s a children’s area with a twin room, child-friendly bathroom and satellite TV playroom.
The Manor at Ngorongoro is a lavish property offering guests peaceful sanctuary amidst a busy safari schedule; the accommodation, food and service are excellent. This is a top-end choice for those wishing to experience authentic rural Africa whilst also enjoying privacy and pampering in an opulent and tranquil setting.
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018