- 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.
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 Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
The Namibia trip was fantastic!
Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).
As for specifics:
This place was the best!
Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.
The only (slight) disappointment.
Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.
Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
The staff was on par with Okonjima.
2 days were perfect.
Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
They represent Tourdust well!
Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!
Earl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018