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“Mid-way between the Crater and the Airport”

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The Manor at Ngorongoro
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

The biggest issue relating to the Manor is its distance to the Ngorogoro crater. If you leave the Manor at 6:30 am you will be descending into the crater and beginning to see animals at 8:45 am. This leaves more than enough time to travel throughout the crater floor. There are hotels on the crater rim that are much closer to the game, but they are that much further away from the airport. They may also be more expensive than the Manor. Your total travel time to and from the airport to the crater is going to be the same, whichever hotel you choose; the Manor is about half way between the two. The Manor itself is a repurposed coffee plantation manor and is beautifully renovated. The rooms are modern, well appointed, and quiet. The Manor has a spa and a number of available activities. The grounds are lovely; drinks on the balcony overlooking the property were quite pleasant. The dining room reminds one of an upscale, small urban restaurant with service to match.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

A night here was a wonderful way to end our safari and was a good location on the way out of the Ngorongoro park and on to Arusha.
The cottages were really well thought out and beautiful and we LOVED the roaring fire and hot water bottles in our room at turndown. Very romantic and intimate place.
The pool is not heated and was probably the coldest pool I have EVER been in - not super inviting. The main area where people tend to congregate for drinks before dinner is like a beautiful living room with a big fire where people shared stories over some wine.
The dining room was quite nice and the meal was lovely although I did not have a truly spectacular meal my entire time in Tanzania. The entire experience however was really nice and relaxing.
We were not to leave for Arusha until after lunch the next day so my husband went mountain biking which he really enjoyed and my son and I went horseback riding, which was really nice as well. The grounds are really beautiful with the coffee plantation views and they grow many of their own vegetables and herbs so the place smells great.
A really wonderful experience and worth another visit!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Just when arriving at the Manor you are thrilled by the atmosphere of the kap-dutch inspired cottages. The interieur is really amazing! Very luxury equipped, a beautiful veranda and a very well trained, friendly service. This hotel is really a true oasis within the green lush vegetation of the coffee plantation. You should do a walk or ride through the plantage, it's really worth it!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

To the very last detail (the hot water bottle in your bed at turndown) your comfort and luxury are first and foremost with the staff of this perfectly manicured, incredibly landscaped jewel of a property. It is the perfect place to relax following a long day of game viewing. The food and service are impeccable, and there is a deep relaxing vibe to the lush surroundings. One of the finest places in that part of the world, it is easy to see why it is so highly regarded. One feels fortunate to have experienced The Manor.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

The Manor was one of the properties on our Elewana safari and not to put the others down, was the most luxurious. It is different than the other camps we stayed at being much more of a hotel than camp. Nothing was too much trouble, our own butler who was a lovely young lady whose name I have unfortunately forgot. Clare? It was her first week I think and she was so attentive, nothing would have been too much trouble for her. Even stocking up our wood pile and bringing the wood in for the fire. Food was excellent and varied, all the service was wonderful, I cannot really add to my praise. The crater is quite a drive but well worth it when you get there, busy but not really much of a problem and a very rough ride back round the rim, but when you get back we had a roaring fire in our room and a bath already filled covered in rose petals. You cannot beat that.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stayed for three nights at the Manor due to its close proximity to the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. The Resort is in the middle of a coffee farm which is rated as the second best in Tanzania and comprises of Dutch style cottages which are very luxurious and spacious.
The hospitality at the Manor was excellent. The quality of the dining was world-class with very creative choice of menu with ingredients grown locally at the Manor.
We tried the SPA which was good and the horse-riding and coffee tasting which were very reasonably priced and worth the time.
While the Manor is only 30 minutes from the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and about 60 minutes from the Lake Manyara National Park, this resort will be the perfect start to a safari.

Room Tip: The Stable Room is good for large families
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

As an agent, and one who escorts groups to various countries in Africa, I have seen (and stayed) at many properties. This past December I booked my group at The Manor at Ngorongoro. A staunch supporter of Elewana properties, which offer luxury properties, diversity in what is offered, spectacular food and exemplary service, the Manor didn't disappoint, to me or my guests. In fact, no one wanted to leave. The grounds, the view, and the property are spectacular. The rooms exquisite, and the food superb. No matter where we moved, there was someone there to make sure we had what we needed, always someone to lend a helping hand. It may not be on the rim of the crater, but it most certainly offers everything any of the surrounding properties offer plus some, at a lower rate. This is a definite inclusion for me and future groups.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, and offer comparable views, in the lap of luxury and service.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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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 #4 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range: $1,014 - $1,488 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Manor at Ngorongoro 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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