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The Plantation Lodge - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Plantation lodge is a beautiful property situated on 10 hectares of manicured gardens, surrounded by the sloping hills and valleys of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Located in Karatu, a town between the Ngorongoro crater and Lake Manyara, this is an ideal location for those who would like to do day trip safaris to both areas. The lodge has a ‘German Colonial era’ style architecturally and has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The cottages are spread out in the stunning gardens that boast an array of colourful tropical plants and birds. This converted coffee plantation is a fantastic base for guests wanting to explore the crater and Lake Manyara and return at the end of the day to a relaxed but high quality lodge.
The main area has a colonial rustic farmhouse feel to it and is stylish and spacious with two sophisticated dining rooms, a lounge and bar. Meals are served in a number of areas, from the lush gardens, covered veranda, courtyard to one of the dining rooms. The property has a generous pool with comfortable loungers and umbrellas around it. The food served here is very good, most of which is organic and grown in their very own gardens!
There are 15 standard rooms, 7 suites, 1 family unit, and 1 family suite, scattered throughout the gardens with stone pathways leading back to the main area. Some of the rooms are detached cottages while some are connected to other rooms and are therefore ideal for families or larger groups. All rooms differ slightly but offer the same level of style and comfort with a terrace or veranda offering lovely views across the well maintained gardens and a cozy fireplace or wood burning stove for the cool evenings. All rooms are elegantly decorated and charming but the suites are considerably more spacious than the standard rooms and provide more privacy.
Activities and Adventures
For the most part, guests stay in this region for the sole purpose of visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, however, there are a few other activities on offer for those who stay longer than the average two night booking or wish to keep busy between safari excursions. Discover their wine cellar, explore the coffee plantation with a guide or visit a local farm to get a feel for the local lifestyle and culture in the area.