We stayed at the farmhouse for one night on our way to the crater. I enjoyed the tour of the plantation that was only $US 5 that covered the coffee growing and roasting as well as the large vegetable gardens. The estate is 600 acrea with 6 devoted to coffee. They have their own cattle, pigs and goats and grow most of their own vegetables.
We found the cultural show interesting and fun as they got many of the guests up to dance. Sitting around the deck area next to the pit fires with a view over the property was restful and relaxing.
The accomodation was spacious in the adobe style huts with each deck area having a view. Being a "working farm" it made this accommodation a bit of a different experience than the tented or hotel style that most on safaris use.
Worth a stay.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Farm House Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area