We booked a couple of nights here during our safari for two reasons, to recharge our batteries midway through and to be near the tribes for cultural visits. The reception area, including bar, restaurant, sitting area and pool, was very nice. The property is quite spread out, and our rooms were a good 5 minute walk from the reception area. It wasn't an issue for us, but could potentially be if you are of limited mobility.
The room was extremely large, and combined with a large comfortable bed. There was no fan in the room, and we did find it somewhat warm at night. The bathroom was large, ours had a shower/toilet room and a separate room with a sink and a large tub. The walls of the bathroom do not reach the ceiling in these rooms, so there is no privacy (if that matters...). There was a large balcony, which looked out on the grounds.
Each night, prior to dinner, there is a show put on by a local tribe. We greatly enjoyed that. Afterwards, you would go directly to dinner. The food, which was buffet style, was very good with a fairly good variety and probably the best desert selection of our trip.
There were a few minor things that we did think could be improved. One issue for us was that the lights on the path shone directly into our room, even with the blinds closed, so it wasn't as dark as we would've liked. Secondly, we did not get a turn-down service (nets opened over bed and sprayed) either night, although others in our group, who were located closer to the main buildings, did. Also there was no kleenex in the room. Another surprising thing was that the great balcony only had one chair per room, so we both couldn't sit outside comfortably. Finally, the property had apparently recently installed a rule that guides were not allowed to eat with clients; we felt this wasn't fair and should have been our choice.
Overall, we really enjoyed this stop. There are a ton of birds on the property, which was fun, as well as all the various plants from the farm.
- 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