I've spent two nights at Ngorongoro Farm House last month during my 12th trip to Northern Tanzania.
I've been travelling extensively accross the region during the last 20 years, I have been in love with Gibb's Farm by the time it was the only farm-lodge in the area, then my preference moved to the rather more rustic but yet more authentic Planation Lodge and, after reading of positive feedbacks, I decided to visit Ngorongoro Farm House.
Despite quite new (it's been open in 2003) this lodge reproduces the atmosphere of an old colonial house and it does it quite well indeed. It's set on a green hill slope, amidst lush gardens, coffee plantations and lots of flower. It consists of a main house (a white-washed one storey building covered by a thatch roof) which hosts the restaurant and bar and some 30 something large and airy tin-roofed bungalows scattered within the vast property, quite distant from each other. Heavy wood furniture, clay bricks and some details contribute to create a sense of rural rustic colonial style. Each bungalows has its own private verandah and sitting area with views of the Karatu hills and the forest. There's also a nice swimming pool. Food is extremely good and varied, most grens come directly from the gardens.
Ngorongoro Farm House may represent a slightly lower specification than neighbouring Gibb's or Plantation, but it is still a great option in this area at a lower price. Highly recommended.
- 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