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Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This hotel is unique having a great vegetable and fruit garden as well as a coffee planation in house. it is very a very big hotel with huge and spacious romms, some of them are too far from the cental building inhabitating the reception, dining room, etc. The hotel offers a one hour coffee tour at $10 per person. it came out that coffee took about 10 minutes out of the one hour tour that was actuallu focused on banana trees, papaya, tometoes and flowers. we felt somehow embarassed. food quality and selection were excellent, including some local goods like Ugali (the Tanzanian verion of polenta)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of our safari trip for only one night, and I wish we had stayed longer.

The place is stunning, and getting there early (around 4 pm) after a long day on safari was great. We had a beer by the pool, saw amazing birds and enjoyed the silence and the views. Our room was waaaaaay on the other side of the hotel entrance, which was a bit annoying but tolerable. The room itself was stunning. We had a mouse in our room (which can be expected, it is on a farm after all), and at 22:00 we called in after discovering it and the management promptly gave us another room - the VIP suite! It was amazing, and at no charge. We were very pleased with their quick and kind response to the problem, and this is definitely a big plus in our books.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

This accommodation consist of individual buildings set within a coffee plantation, beautiful flower gardens and organic food garden. They grow all of their own vegetables and herbs and since everything is washed with bottled water it is all safe to eat. Rooms are very spacious with a lovely sitting area and fireplace. Nice deck overlooking gardens. The food is wonderful and the surroundings are exquisite! Great buffet for dinner and also a great stir fry station where you choose your own ingredients. Cost of wine is very reasonable. Free local coffee is available at all times. Wifi available at $5 per half hour.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Stayed here for two nights as we neared the end of our Safari and it was a pleasant place to recharge the batteries.All staff we came into contact were friendly and helpful and service could not really be faulted.Rooms were very large with balconys looking out over the farm grounds public areas of the lodge were first class with a nice dinning,bar area and an outside terrace with a large firepit.The grounds of the lodge were beautiful with stunning flower beds ,vegetable patches and coffee plantations,and a very nice swimming pool area.Dinner and breakfast were buffet style while lunch was table service with various choices.The food was good and in keeping with this style of hotel.All in all a nice pleasant place to spend a few days.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Farm House is located on a coffee plantation, with beautiful landscaping. The rooms are large, with great views of the plantation grounds and distant mountains. The room furnishings are also very nice.

On the negative side, the food was below expectations. Basically, it was no better that high school cafeteria quality. Some dishes defied identification.

The staff's attitude was, at best, indifferent. For example, we notified the front desk that we would be leaving two hours later than anticipated. Apparantly, the head porter was not told this. There were two Masai porters (which we had not asked for) who waited outside our cottage for more than two hours. Later, when we passed by the head porter after breakfast, he just scowled at us without any greeting. this was the only time in Kenya or Tanzania that we ever passed hotel/camp personel without some sort of greeting or acknowledgement.

Of the four camps where we stayed in Kenya and Tanzania, this was the only one which disappointed us.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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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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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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Ngorongoro Farm House Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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