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“An excellent place to stay in Tanzania's northern safari circuit”

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Ngorongoro Farm House, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed 2 nights whilst on Virgin holiday's Taste of Tanzania safari and it was a perfect choice for this type of holiday. When we arrived about 6pm from a full day's safari,hot, tired and dusty, we did not feel out of place having a refreshing beer on the terrace overlooking the fabulous gardens and coffee plantation beyond, before going to our huge room to bathe in the vast tub. The food was buffet style, very nicely laid out, plentiful and very tasty. The pool area was very attractive, but unfortunately we didn't have time to use it.
All in all l would highly recommend staying here whilst on safari, as it does the simple, but important things really well in a pleasantly laid back way.
If you have time, stay an extra night and break up safari days with a relaxing day at the farm house, to enjoy all it's facilities.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had a lovely surprise when we stayed here as I don't think the website photographs do the place justice.
It was beautiful surrounded by banana and coffee plantations - grounds were fabulous.
The room was a great surprise - huge with 2 double beds and a bath the size of a swimming pool. Exactly what we needed as we'd completed climbing Kilimanjaro the day before.
Food was delicious and the atmosphere in the evening with the open fire pit just made it.
Staff extremely friendly and attentive but not overbearing.
We loved it here.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jackie P
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

The Ngorongoro Farmhouse was a wonderful place to stay after staying in tents and lodges numerous parks in Tanzania's northern circuit. Its beautiful grounds amidst a working coffee plantation and gardens were a real treat. The meals were served in a great old lodge with lots of history. The bungalows were roomy, nicely furnished and in a comfortable and relaxing setting. The staff were helpful, but not as savvy as some of the safari lodges. That said, the inn hired many young people just out of school, trying to make their way in the tourism business, who were still excited to be working, meeting people from all over the world, and doing it in such a beautiful place.

We visited in late May. It was a great time to be there. The prices were lower than they would be in June or later. The staff were gearing up for the high season, but seemed to be delighted to have the guests that were there. I had asked our tour agent to book us something in the Karatu area, and this was a great find at a much lower price than Gibbs Farm or other highest end lodges. I would go again, and would hope to bring my family so they could enjoy the spacious grounds.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

we stayed at the ngorongoro farmhouse for two nights. it is nicely situated at the foot of ngorongoro near the city of Karatu.

Arriving just after 12am, we had lunch first in the middle of gras in front of the main building, overseeing the plantation side.it was very beautiful.

The rooms (we were staying in Simba) are modern, huge and well maintained. nothing to complain about.The food also very good. For dinner there was a buffet where also the local guides/drivers eat with the tourists. That was a nice experience. Sadly the waiters and personell on site are not too friendly. Of course with some exceptions. We had a very nice Masai waiter we were talking to for some time.

Overall the stay was nice, so 4 out of 5 stars is the right rating. Nothing what din`t meet our expectations, but nothing with get`s us surprised.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Marco0100
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Was teetering between average and very good rating. It is better than average but I wouldn't say VERY good either
We were there 2 night as part of a safari. Got in late to find our double room, booked and paid for 8 months prior, had been given away to an earlier arrival. My wife was quite upset by this (and we were moved the next day) and really it shouldn't happen at a top establishment.
Then no wifi at all! Even to pay for. As we came late night one, we sat at a more romote table as the "better" ones were taken. Not much of the buffet was left. The next night we got there earlier we attempted to sit at a better table but wait staff insisted we had to return to the table we sat at the forst noght. Why? Who knows, but it was non negotiable.
Look I know these are nitpicking things, but when you're paying top dollar you expect better.
Rooms very big. A bit of a walk to some. Food the rest of the time was fine. Impressive veggie garden. Main building very nice.
Just a bit disappointing overall.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nick P
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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
Thank Merav M
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 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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