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The Manor at Ngorongoro

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- 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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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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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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