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“we felt like it was home” 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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New Delhi, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“we felt like it was home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

returning to ngorongoro for a photo-op in less than a year, we decided to stay off the rim. after a lovely tarmac road from manyara, you hit a short bumpy country road running through a coffee estate, which has its own great charm. once you are at the property, you are transported into another world of great comfort, attention from staff and great food. best of all, other than every small request promptly being attended to, the gorgeous lady Yanni who manages the property along with her husband, spent real quality time chatting with us and making us feel at home and ensuring that we got everything we needed or wanted... it was amazingly quiet and peaceful and if we hadn't plugged all outr time for being in the NGO crater, we would have spent lots of time at the health club which looked out of this world... in any case the wife completely flipped out over the hot "petal" bath that was run for her as soon as we got back from the game drive. an added compliment for the food (we are vegetarians) which was inventive as well as perfect in taste.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our sky safari. We came from Tarangire and didn't know what to expect as we turned onto a heavily rutted road off the main tarmac road. Eventually we arrived at a Dutch colonial manor with beautifully manicured lawns and gardens and staff waiting with cold towels, drinks and snacks! The main house is stunningly furnished and the rooms are in 20 buildings dotted around the beautiful gardens with views over the coffee plantation. We couldn't believe the opulence of the room - it is stunning with an open fire, sitting area and huge bathroom with a roll top bath. Rose petals were strewn around and after a hard day's game drive in the crater we returned to find a bath had been run complete with bubbles and more rose petals. We also had the fire lit for us each evening whilst we were having dinner which was lovely to return too. The hot water bottles in the bed were a pleasant surprise too.
The food was sublime and the service impeccable.
This is THE place to stay for Ngorongoro crater. It's a 45 min drive to the main gate but well worth it for the luxury. We had a great day in the crater with guides Lory and Baracka whose knowledge and helpfulness was superb. They even laid out a full picnic on linen tablecloths with wine and real glasses - all part of the Elewana experience.
Thanks to Janni, Sherif and the whole staff for a fabulous stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Brussels, Belgium
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Oh, my God.
We couldn't believe it! Coming from Serengeti, after 3 days in tents and tiring trip we were amazed. In the middle of a coffee plantation, wonderfully managed property, incredible landscape, everything is at its place. Immense rooms, rose petals bath, very good food, billar, library, gardens, spa, horse riding.
A pity we only sopnt 1 night there. Thát was a mistake. Minimum 2, to enhoy, to relax. Absolutely to recommend

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Irvine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Set in the middle of a coffee plantation overlooking a valley. From the minute we arrived( late at night), we were warmly welcomed and even dinner service was finished, we were offered a meal from the kitchen and drinks.It seemed that nothing was ever too much for the satt at this hotel.
The hotel itself looks as if it has been here for over a hundred years but is relatively new 5-6 years old I think. The quality of the architecture, the lush mature landscaping and layout made me wonder how they did all this, especially in such a remote type of location?Rooms were spacious, very clean and had we had more time, a great place to relax and read a good book.
My only regret is that we only spent three nights here.

Room Tip: All of the roms are individula villa type, so they all had god views, so don't think any is bett...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Don't just breeze through this area. If you can stay more than 2 nights here and pace yourself to enjoy this breathtaking location. The Manor rests on a coffee plantation and is outside of the crater itself. A tranquil setting and wonderful accommodations to return to after a day of safari. The staff provides you with sterling service with all the finest details for a memorable stay. Far exceeded my expectation. The grounds are absolutely stunning with hedges of rosemary and thyme. The rooms are like studio apartments with charm and elegance. Enjoy a horseback ride with their gorgeous resident horses or simply go out and walk them about with one of the Manor staff to take in the beauty of Africa. . If you can pace your safari to enjoy this beautiful place you will not regret your decision. Beds are very comfortable, linens are crisp and plush, and the people of Tanzania are more than willing to please and pamper you! Enjoy.

Room Tip: Try to pace your safari to enjoy more than a night or two here. You will enjoy what the Manor has t...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We have just returned home from an amzing safari holiday to Tanzania, we arrived at The Manor after a long, tiring journey from Kilimanjaro airport. We flew overnight, unfortunately our luggage didn' t! We got that 2 days later. En route our guide took us to 'Woolworths' in Arusha for some emergency clothes/toileteries. We received a lovely welcome at The Manor, we were blown away when we were shown our fabulous room!! A very high standard of furnture and fittings, the view over the plantation is spectacular, the bathroom as you will have read, is amazing!!

Our waiter was John, such a funny, friendly and professional guy, he made it clear that anything at all that we wanted, he would sort out. The continuity of having him at every meal was great, we really built up a friendship with him. I am guessing he was responsible for my gorgeous petal bath which was waiting after a long hot day on safari. The manager joined us in the lounge for pre dinner drinks each evening. Other guests mixed and chatted here too, exchanging safari tales of the day. The food at all meals was first class, thoroughly enjoyable and quite a large choice. Service is very relaxed and polite.

The elegant, communal areas in the manor are laden with the most beautiful books, ornaments and art. There is a full size snooker table and a television room with a cinema size screen!

The location of the manor is up a long muddy driveway, we had no problems with this but I imagine it could be problematic during the rains.

The staff are amazingly present without being obtrusive.

Our guide 'Albert' (Asilia) was brilliant. Friendly, funny, professional and very easy to be with. His knowledge at Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater was first class.

Mozzies were no where to be seen during our stay, thankfully.

This time of year is when the short rains are expected however we only had an odd shower, this quieter time suited us perfectly, we saw absolutely loads of animals and there was never more than three jeeps present, we saw the wildebeast migration in the distance and it was amazing!

My husband and I stayed three nights here and enjoyed every second.

We had a lovely private table complete with rose petal heart on our final evening, the staff made us a farewell cake and sang 'Jambo' .

This place is Extra-Special in every way, if you can, stay here! you will not be disappointed!! We have stayed in many places around the world but this is by far the most impressive!!

Next we stayed at Dunia Camp, very different but every bit as enjoyable. It felt great to be truly in the midst of the Serengeti.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally private and beautiful.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Luxury, peace, attention to detail, food excellence - a real haven. The Manor is adjacent to the conservation area, but to enter the crater is about a 1 hour drive, thankfully, this is mostly on surfaced roads. Because of its altitude there are no mosquitos or tsetse flies. It also means that it is a number of degrees cooler than the lower plains that surround.

On arrival we were greeted with chilled juice and a platter of cheese and meat (and of course a cool scented towel). All dining experiences here were excellent. The chairs in the restaurant are worthy of comment alone. We were treated to private dining in the library and out in the garden. Our room (from recollection number 10) was lovely. Massive bed, free standing bath, excellent shower. Again with our Sky Safari package we had a butler, Benedict. This guy couldn't do enough. He arranged our private dining, had drawn a hot bath for our return from our day in the crater - the bath was accompanied by sparkling wine and assorted nibbles. The grounds are beautiful, overlooking a coffee plantation. All the staff are friendly - ever present without being invasive.

We really enjoyed our time at the Manor and would gladly recommend this touch of extravagance

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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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