We arrived covered in the indigenous red dust, filthy, tired and thirsty. We were met with tranquil beautifully manicured grounds and scrumptious welcome drinks and cold towels. As we were being checked in we spied the porters cleaning the dust off our bags which was a little embarrassing!
Our rooms were something else - we had adjoining suites in the coffee house, a little way from the main building but well worth it. There was a well stocked minibar in the dining room of each suite (yes - dining room) and all drinks from these were included as was any laundry that you needed doing (though be aware that due to cultural reasons they will not launder any underwear). The beds were comfy and the view from the private terrace beautiful. The bathroom was huge and the hot shower more than welcome after a very dusty bumpy journey.
The kids went in the pool and reported it to be cold but excellent though my teenage daughter was disgruntled that there were no sunloungers free. I was happy on my lounger on my terrace in my white fluffy gown sipping my cold beer - bliss!
The owners are often around and make the effort to talk to all the guests, they have a couple of dogs which are very well behaved and make it feel all the more like a private home.
The food in the restaurant was excellent, though at times the service was a little random.
Staying here was definitely one of the highlights of our amazing trip.
- Also Known As:
- The Plantation Lodge And Safaris
- The Plantation Lodge & Safaris Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area