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Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We loved this place so much we didn't want to leave. Unfortunately they were booked. From the gorgeous grounds to our little cottages that overlooked the plains and the food...couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to spend time after long days driving around looking at animals.
They even had a little show with Maasai for dinner that we got to participate in.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms overlooking the plains. We got to see a Maasai hunting antelope.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

After having stayed at the big hotels at Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Seronera Wildlife Lodge in Serengeti we were so pleased to arrive at the Farm House. The surroundings are really beautiful and very well kept. The pool is clean and inviting. We were 4, so we stayed in one building with 2 separate rooms. The room was really lovely and very large and the double bed with its mosquitonet gave us a good sleep. The view from our room over the fields was gorgeous.
The main building is also very well kept and beautiful. We went on the farm walk which was very interesting as we were introduced to all the products grown there.
We had nice appetizers at the deck before dinner and were entertained by some local folks (not so interesting). The meal was good and so was the breakfast. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and since it was a coffee farm coffee was free at all times.
We loved staying there and would have liked staying another night, but we had to move on.
Sonja and Steen Stensgaard
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. Our room was a standalone cabin, with a huge bed and nice furnishings. We had full board, and the food was excellent. Breakfast: eggs made to order (including omelets), fruit, bacon, sausage... Lunch: they made us lunch boxes to take on our safari. Dinner: huge buffet. They also had cocktail hour every night. The grounds are gorgeous. The only slight downside was that we wanted to go on a walk on the property, and they didn't have a map to direct us to walking paths to see their farm. I'm a big bug-phobic, and I didn't see a single bug in our room the whole time we were there.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The photos do not accurately represent the beauty of this location. The rooms are gorgeous, large bathrooms, decks with private views overlooking the property (I didn't mind not having a view of the crater), spacious bedroom. The staff are friendly and helpful. Food was outstanding and the cocktail hour with the Maasai was enjoyable without feeling exploitative. And if you're a coffee drinker, this may be some of the best coffee on your trip. I brought two bags home with me to savor. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

When we learned we were going to a farm house for a night I thought we would be staying in among chickens etc. well we weren't. It was an amazing place. The farm house name is because they grow their own produce, coffee and raise animals. The place is absolutely beautiful and the accommodations outstanding. The view from our "cottage" was gorgeous.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Arrived in a downpour and given umbrellas to get to registration desk. Told them I needed a room near the lodge because of a bum leg and was accomodated. Thank you staff! The room was spacious and great. This is a larger complex than where we normally stay while on Safari. So it is not intimate, but that does give it the advantage of a great pool, a massage hut, evening entertainment, and farm tours for those who can walk an hour in late afternoon.

Check out the photos that others have posted... They truly represent its loveliness. I appreciated their before dinner appetizers out on deck and the chance to enjoy the entertainment while meeting other guests..

Food was fresh, buffet style. We had some confusion with seating for meals. The lodge went from fully occupied to scantly occupied and they kept switching our eating areas which made me walk more than I felt capable.

Massage was different from those I've had at home- more muscle squeezing, less up and down movement.

Proximity to Lake Manyara area was a plus. Using a hut to make the box lunches for the day was good, but we found we needed to take some of the muffins and other foods (like peanut butter and jelly and bread) from the breakfast buffet in order to have what everyone liked.

One of the sights that was interesting there was the resident stork. It peered into the kitchen,. and had a great wingspan when it wished to show off. Another sight was seeing Willy, the owner of this place and about five others. He looks interesting, not like an entrepreuner, but I did not get to talk to him. Vegetables grown here are taken to his other vacation sites.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The grounds of this hotel are simply stunning!
Be sure to take a Spice Tour of the hotel grounds with a specialist guide while you are there, well worth it!
The fire at night is sooo peaceful and helps to warm you up when you are up so high.
The rooms were not the greatest in comparison to other rooms during my safari trip but, still did the job.
On a side note, I have never seen stars in the sky, as bright as I saw them here, well worth it!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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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
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Ranked #3 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Number of rooms: 51
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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