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The Manor at Ngorongoro

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8/10

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Highlights

- Stunning rural location with fabulous views
- 20 luxurious suites in 10 private cottages
- Horseriding, game drives, treks
- Pool, spa, superb gardens

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(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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