The last leg of your journey to this lodge will be bumpy and dusty but it is worth every jolt of the 5km ride from the main road. Plus, when you arrive, you are greeted with a damp warm cloth to wipe the dust off your face and a delicious glass of juice to quench your thirst. It is the beginning of what will be your best accommodation in Tanzania!
This lodge supports a children's home that you can see on the top of the next hill. You are able to visit the home with one of the owners at 5:30 when the children are home from school. It's an amazing story of how the home and lodge were "born." It's great to know that the profits from the lodge support the children and community.
Each tent is fully equipped with everything you need and the generator is used until 9pm at which point the solar power kicks in for an hour. There is running water in each tent and the shower gets very hot! There is only a privacy half wall between the main room and the toilet so be prepared for that.
Charging happens at the front desk and there is internet after 6pm for a $5 charge. Dinner is served at 7:30 and it is a fixed menu (unless you have special dietary requirements.) Breakfast is fresh fruit, eggs, bacon or sausages, and homemade bread and jam. The coffee is delicious and the tea is a homemade lemongrass tea.
There is a lovely pool that overlooks the valley, a garden in the middle of the property, a bar, a reading area, and a fireplace. It is cool at night and your bed will have a hot water bottle placed under the covers to warm it up while you eat dinner. Once it is dark, you must walk with a guide back to your tent as the lodge is on an elephant route. We did not see elephants but we did hear baboons and also lots of smashing of trees during the night. The birds are spectacular. If you can spend half a day at the lodge just relaxing, it's a great place to recharge your batteries!
One our last day there we stayed until noon and they made a special lunch for us to eat before we left. The day before we had been given a boxed lunch and the amount of food was incredible! All the food was delicious but the soups were heavenly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quietly tucked away on the top of a hill in rural Africa and, at the same time, located in the very heart of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge breathes the atmosphere of true Africa. The lodge is built with indigenous hardwood and in traditional African style. It is in complete harmony with its surroundings. Yet, its spacious set up, personal and friendly service and its finishing touches, such as cozy sofas around the fireplace and warm decorative details, provide a perfectly balanced luxury. With only fifteen individual tents, Rhotia Valley has an intimate charm. Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda with splendid view. The bathrooms are provided with hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in our open dining area. Most of the vegetables and all the herbs are grown in our own garden. Daily we bake fresh bread in our Bakery. Moreover, we produce butter from the milk produced by our own cows. Facilities: - Swimming pool with panoramic view. - Wifi is available in the common dining area. - Conference Room fully equipped with beamer and flipchart. Rhotia Valley is more than a lodge. It is completed embedded in the community of Rhotia. Rhotia Valley consists of the Tented Lodge and, on the opposite hill, a CHILDREN'S HOME. Its aim is to give support to the people of the Rhotia area, all the staff and the children in the Home are from the local area. TWO HILLS, ONE GOAL! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rhotia Valley Tented Hotel Karatu
- Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge Tanzania/Karatu