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“Old world colonial charm in a beautiful setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
3.0 of 5 Farmhouse   |   Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Old world colonial charm in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We stayed at Ngorongoro Farmhouse for 2 nights on a recent safari around Tanzania and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room was comfortable and clean and very spacious; the food was fantastic; the staff were very friendly, courteous and helpful; and the hotel grounds are beautiful. There is even free wifi in the main bar area. The only down side is that the farmhouse is about 45-60 minutes from Ngorongoro Crater itself. Overall though we would definitely recommend this as a greta place to stay in Tanzania.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in this amazing lodge in the middle of stays at 2 tented camps. This was actually the one I was least looking forward to as I really wanted to stay in tented camps for the whole of our trip. The advice we were given to stay in a lodge in between was spot on, and Ngorongoro Farmhouse is amazing! Down a little dirt track off the main road, nothing prepares you for the burst of colour from the flowers in the parking area. Then into a lush oasis of fruit trees, grass and vast farmland. We stayed in 'Kanga' which truly blew us away. A detached bungalow overlooking farmland, huge area inside, massive balcony. We couldn't believe it was all ours. From looking at some of the other accommodation we definitely had one of the bigger rooms. Most were semi detached and some attached on both sides like little townhouses. All are a walk through lush gardens. The main house where the bar and restaurant is was stunning. We sat round an open fire drinking beer and enjoyed dancing with some of the local villagers who had been brought in. They came around and sat chatting to us about their life and culture which was really interesting. The food was amazing, not enough local dishes, but homemade sauces and ice cream! Yum! All the staff were really friendly. We put a heap of washing in to be done and it was waiting for us back in our room the next evening ready to be packed away. We also bought coffee beans which were direct from the farm to take home. ( the coffee is served in the restaurant as well). Amazing place!!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed 2 nights whilst on Virgin holiday's Taste of Tanzania safari and it was a perfect choice for this type of holiday. When we arrived about 6pm from a full day's safari,hot, tired and dusty, we did not feel out of place having a refreshing beer on the terrace overlooking the fabulous gardens and coffee plantation beyond, before going to our huge room to bathe in the vast tub. The food was buffet style, very nicely laid out, plentiful and very tasty. The pool area was very attractive, but unfortunately we didn't have time to use it.
All in all l would highly recommend staying here whilst on safari, as it does the simple, but important things really well in a pleasantly laid back way.
If you have time, stay an extra night and break up safari days with a relaxing day at the farm house, to enjoy all it's facilities.

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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had a lovely surprise when we stayed here as I don't think the website photographs do the place justice.
It was beautiful surrounded by banana and coffee plantations - grounds were fabulous.
The room was a great surprise - huge with 2 double beds and a bath the size of a swimming pool. Exactly what we needed as we'd completed climbing Kilimanjaro the day before.
Food was delicious and the atmosphere in the evening with the open fire pit just made it.
Staff extremely friendly and attentive but not overbearing.
We loved it here.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The Ngorongoro Farmhouse was a wonderful place to stay after staying in tents and lodges numerous parks in Tanzania's northern circuit. Its beautiful grounds amidst a working coffee plantation and gardens were a real treat. The meals were served in a great old lodge with lots of history. The bungalows were roomy, nicely furnished and in a comfortable and relaxing setting. The staff were helpful, but not as savvy as some of the safari lodges. That said, the inn hired many young people just out of school, trying to make their way in the tourism business, who were still excited to be working, meeting people from all over the world, and doing it in such a beautiful place.

We visited in late May. It was a great time to be there. The prices were lower than they would be in June or later. The staff were gearing up for the high season, but seemed to be delighted to have the guests that were there. I had asked our tour agent to book us something in the Karatu area, and this was a great find at a much lower price than Gibbs Farm or other highest end lodges. I would go again, and would hope to bring my family so they could enjoy the spacious grounds.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

we stayed at the ngorongoro farmhouse for two nights. it is nicely situated at the foot of ngorongoro near the city of Karatu.

Arriving just after 12am, we had lunch first in the middle of gras in front of the main building, overseeing the plantation side.it was very beautiful.

The rooms (we were staying in Simba) are modern, huge and well maintained. nothing to complain about.The food also very good. For dinner there was a buffet where also the local guides/drivers eat with the tourists. That was a nice experience. Sadly the waiters and personell on site are not too friendly. Of course with some exceptions. We had a very nice Masai waiter we were talking to for some time.

Overall the stay was nice, so 4 out of 5 stars is the right rating. Nothing what din`t meet our expectations, but nothing with get`s us surprised.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Was teetering between average and very good rating. It is better than average but I wouldn't say VERY good either
We were there 2 night as part of a safari. Got in late to find our double room, booked and paid for 8 months prior, had been given away to an earlier arrival. My wife was quite upset by this (and we were moved the next day) and really it shouldn't happen at a top establishment.
Then no wifi at all! Even to pay for. As we came late night one, we sat at a more romote table as the "better" ones were taken. Not much of the buffet was left. The next night we got there earlier we attempted to sit at a better table but wait staff insisted we had to return to the table we sat at the forst noght. Why? Who knows, but it was non negotiable.
Look I know these are nitpicking things, but when you're paying top dollar you expect better.
Rooms very big. A bit of a walk to some. Food the rest of the time was fine. Impressive veggie garden. Main building very nice.
Just a bit disappointing overall.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps

Address: Ngorongoro Highlands, 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 #11 of 24 Specialty lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Class:3 star — Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ngorongoro – KaratuLodge. Ngorongoro Farm House is a 500 acre coffee farm nestle in a beautiful woodland area and located 4 km from the Lolduare entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.48 cottage rooms and 3 suite rooms built in 3 intimate camps.The Lodge has eco-friendly electric power supplied by solar panels, with a generator as a back-up.Nearest airstrip: Lake Manyara Airstrip 40 min away.Activities: Guided walks in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, guided walk around the coffee plantation followed by a coffee bean roasting demonstration. Visits to local villages and schools or swim in the pool. At any time guests may enjoy a relaxing massage. ... more   less 
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Ngorongoro Farm House Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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