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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Manor At Ngorongoro Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area