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“Absolute heaven!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Manor at Ngorongoro
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Ngorongoro Road | Shangri-La Estate, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Absolute heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Day 4 on our Elewana Sky Safari and we arrived, hot and dusty at Manyara airstrip to be met by our guide for the Ngorongoro Crater - Baraka. He had cold towels and chilled drinks for us before we set off in our safari vehicle to The Manor. Baraka told us all about the area, the people and the wildlife on our trip as well as finding out what particularly we were expecting to see on our game drive. We learnt a great deal from him. On the bumpy and dusty approach to the Manor we glimpsed through the trees the most wonderful sight of an elegant, white colonial building nestling amongst a cloud of Jacaranda trees in full lavender bloom - quite beautiful.
On arrival we were met by the lovely manager, Rodgers and introduced to our butler Benedict who had more cold drinks and snacks waiting for us on the lawn outside the house. The Manor is quite outstanding, it is every bit as wonderful as you read about on the website but it also has the most attentive, smiling and genuinely lovely staff that you are likely to encounter in Africa!
Our room was superb, sofas, a desk, a huge bed from which you could look out of the French doors to your private terrace, the lawn and the coffee plantation beyond. There is a fire place for the colder evenings as the temperature is a litle cooler higher up in the plantation - not that we noticed! The bathroom is like a stage set with a huge claw foot bath, an enormous powerful walk in shower, a lovely washbasin unit, wardrobes and a separate wc. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided as well as a decanter of sherry, we didn't really do these justice as the lovely Benedict provided us with all the snacks and drinks we needed! Evening drinks before dinner were taken on the terrace in front of the opulent drawing room. Log burners provided a wonderful atmosphere and soft cushions on comfy sofas invited guests to relax, socialise and feel pampered. Dinner was marvellous, as was breakfast and after a wonderful day exploring the exciting Ngorongoro Crater, we were met back at the Manor by Benedict who had run a huge bubble bath, scattered rose petals and put a bottle of bubbly on ice next to the bath! In my late fifties, I haven't experienced such luxury for many years - it was truly wonderful. Oh - I forgot, Benedict had also booked massages for us both, put hot water bottles in our beds and put out a tray of snacks!
The Manor is a haven of absolute luxury - perfect for any aged guest, maybe not so perfect for small children but there are plenty of games, a pool and a wonderful snooker room plus lots of staff to attend your every need.
The ONLY negative is that you will want to stay longer in order to fully appreciate what is provided. It would have been wonderful to ride, to walk through the coffee plantation, to swim or just to sit with a glass of wine and soak up the surroundings. Three days would be perfect before the next round of wild animals and bumpy roads lure you away! A huge thank you for making our stay so perfect.

Room Tip: We stayed in cottage number 5 - perfect location, wonderful facilities and a breathtaking view from...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Pros:
Beautiful hotel with exquisite interior design
Large and lovely room with beautiful views of the coffee plantation
Fantastic service
A full size snooker table!
Good selection of included drinks
Excellent massage in the spa

Cons:
Only niggle is that the drive way could perhaps be a little less bumpy in places, especially the last bit leading up to the hotel. Certainly not a reason not to stay though, the hotel is fantastic!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

The Manor at Ngorongoro ,a beautiful place to relax.Beautiful surrounding and rooms overlooking coffee plantation,an oped deck to relax.Beautiful room and bathroom,I loved the way they put flowers everywhere.Very good sitting areas,loved the private dinners arranged very beautifully and specially for us.I loved riding on the hilly area as well.On the whole it was a fantastic experience staying there .

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We somewhat overlooked this property as we viewed it more as a 2 night stop over while going on game drives in Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro Crater. When we left, we wished we would have had one more night here so we could explore more of what the property had to offer. The grounds are simply stunning and each cottage is very spacious with a wood burning fireplace inside the room.

Other reviewers mentioned the road to get up to the property. It was quite bumpy, but after being on game drives for several days already, it was not that out of the ordinary. Once you arrive, you are wowed by the scenery and forget about the bumps.

When we arrived we mentioned in passing that we would love to try the local food. One night they set up a private dinner in the cellar for us with local food that was not on the normal dinner menu for the night. Our Butler, Justin, aimed to please and made our experience a very memorable one.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We had a good time there , the rooms are nice, too cold at night, service was slow, the 2 best things are the coffee tour and the pony ride.
The location is far of the road, bad access road 30m off , more than an hour to the crater would have preferd to stay inside the crater, can skip this place. Nice but when you have such lovely places elsewhere this is not a must.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

As soon as you arrive on the lush grounds of this beautiful property, you feel like royalty. The service, the staff and hosts, the buildings, the accomodation, the food, all fabulous. We wondered if we could afford to turn it into a retirement village and just hang out there forever. Another spectacular elewana property. The mists in the morning make the place feel surreal, a great start for the climb/descent into the crater.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed at the Manor instead of the Serene Hotel that are located on the rim of the crater and LOVED it. You get an actual cottage with a lovely sitting area, a deck overlooking the coffee plantation, and a gorgeous bathroom with an inviting tub. After a few days at the Lake Manyara tree lodge....this was a lovely break. The staff were all very pleasant. The general Manager was always around checking on your comfort and days travels. I spoke with two couple who stayed at the Serene hotels on the rim.....and they found the staff very unprofessional and RUDE. I believe the rim hotels have fallen into the "We have the best Location... Your lucky to be here " stage.

The Manor will not disappoint you. Good for 2 nites max.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Manor at Ngorongoro

Address: Ngorongoro Road | Shangri-La Estate, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Specialty lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Manor at Ngorongoro 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area within the 1500 acre, Shangri-La Estate, The Manor at Ngorongoro is reminiscent of a elegant, up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture. The Manor at Ngorongoro, with its 20-luxurious guest cottage suites, is one of the first luxury safari experiences in the region to fuse East African safari hospitality with old world Afro-European architecture, and décor. ... more   less 
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The Manor At Ngorongoro Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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