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Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Just left the Farm House a couple of days ago and wanted to write comments while they were fresh. We enjoyed the our stay after a long day at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and actually stopped by earlier in the morning to pickup a box lunch before starting our safari which we thought was convenient considering we had no access to other lunch before dropping down into the caldera.

The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed a relaxing evening after returning from Ngorongoro on their patio and mingled with some other tourist who were beginning to drift in from their days safari journey. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful in serving us drinks and directing us to appetizers and providing us with a Masai dance before the start of the buffet dinner.

Dinner was average buffet and I would like to highlight our best parts of the meal that we enjoyed. They made a chili sauce for the roast lamb which was blend of tomatoes, onions, spices, and oil with a chile that was a standout for us. They other was the egg custard dish (flan) for dessert which we thoroughly enjoyed. If you like heat with dinner and good custard dessert, that is our recommendation along with a spicy chicken they made for box lunches. Those were our highlight dishes at the Farm House. Another thing I liked about the Farm House, was the ability or guides and guest to dine together. At other locations we didn't see our guides until the next morning, and I like that the Farm House and other lodges with the same ownership has the guides dining in the same room. There is still an invisible barrier where they dine with other guides and guest stay together but I noticed that some guides did sit with their customers to plan out the next day or review the days events. In the future I would look for that in future travels to Eastern Africa.

The rooms were very spaces with private patio. We were given room with two twins and no queen bed so that was the only issue we had with the room configuration. It was a bit removed from the main lodge but we sleep with windows open so we heard early morning staff preparing for the day at 4:00am. Not really a bother for us still on California time but could be a problem for other guest. No internet in the room but by this part of the week, I was detoxing from internet withdrawals and wasn't willing to wait in line for those fighting for 1-hour access time on their desktop (no wifi) for $5 fee. I wasn't prepared to get a fix of Internet while on vacation at this stage.

The front desk was setup (staffed) oddly as there was a single woman managing all the activities. I have read past reviews that she was curt and abrupt with the guest during the check-in and check-out process, but I think the management should correct that by recognizing they need more staff there during peak check-in and check-out process. It is a single choke point for the Farm House and probably a source of a lot of guest frustration as most of the tourist a flowing in between 5:00pm-7:00pm, and then a mass exodus between 7:00am-8:00am for guest to get early start on safari.

Always room for improvement but their our some good things that would bring me back if I were to visit Ngorongoro once again...

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed in this lodge for one night after climbing Kilimanjaro and safari in Ngorongoro,and this place is like paradise,the pool,the gardens,the rooms,the service and the food is excellent , very fresh,delicious and abundant.
The suites are very clean and spacious,big shower. Some of the suites are located far away from the dining room. If you have any problems walking,ask for one close to the entrance.
No wi-fi,but they have a computer room where you can check your Email. In general I love this place,so bad we only stay one night. I recommend to anyone visiting Tanzania.

Room Tip: Rooms far from the entrance are quieter,but far from the dinner room.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

I found the setting for this farmhouse to be beautiful with the rolling hills, coffee plantation, abundant wildlife (especially birds) and lovely trees and flowers. It is also really close to the gate of Ngorongoro. However, I found the service of the front end staff to be thoroughly disappointing. While the restaurant staff were great (including providing us with the best zebra high chair for our three year old that I have ever seen), we were treated rather rudely and were lectured to by the woman at the reception. We also weren't offered the traditional hibiscus tea welcome.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank joshuasmith77
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here one night because our original accommodation had a problem. This was a serendipitous move as the Farmhouse is anything but a farmhouse. It was a most enjoyable location. The staff, rooms, and grounds were all first rate. Their pool was most welcomed. If you have a choice, don't pass up this lodge, located in the Rift Valley, one of the most archeologically significant places in Africa.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank FotoGraffer
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