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The Plantation Lodge & Safaris
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Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews
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“wonderful starting point for your Tanzania safari !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Plantation Lodge is a wonderrful hotel located just outside Karatu and about 40 minutes from the Crater rim, the food is amazing, with delightful meals made with home grown ingredients.

The ambiance is a charm, good service and great landscaping and decoration.The rooms where quite big and pretty on the inside and outside.

Even though i barely stayed in the hotel during the day, it was a perfect spot to relax after the tiring safari rides to the crater.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We recently travelled to Tanzania on a photo safari and had the incredible luck to spend a few days at Plantation Lodge near Ngorongoro Crater. The grounds were beautiful and the staff was amazing. There pool area is very nice and the vistas are gorgeous. We were a group of two families, 7 individuals and we were assigned the Garden House! There were four bedrooms with baths off of a huge dining/living area with a great deck. While touring the crater both my 10 year old son and I came down with incredibly bad head colds. The staff graciously brought soup and rolls to the house for our meals and took care of us the next day while the rest of our group went back to the crater. Even with the illnesses, this was one of our best vacations ever!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Herts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

We arrived covered in the indigenous red dust, filthy, tired and thirsty. We were met with tranquil beautifully manicured grounds and scrumptious welcome drinks and cold towels. As we were being checked in we spied the porters cleaning the dust off our bags which was a little embarrassing!

Our rooms were something else - we had adjoining suites in the coffee house, a little way from the main building but well worth it. There was a well stocked minibar in the dining room of each suite (yes - dining room) and all drinks from these were included as was any laundry that you needed doing (though be aware that due to cultural reasons they will not launder any underwear). The beds were comfy and the view from the private terrace beautiful. The bathroom was huge and the hot shower more than welcome after a very dusty bumpy journey.

The kids went in the pool and reported it to be cold but excellent though my teenage daughter was disgruntled that there were no sunloungers free. I was happy on my lounger on my terrace in my white fluffy gown sipping my cold beer - bliss!

The owners are often around and make the effort to talk to all the guests, they have a couple of dogs which are very well behaved and make it feel all the more like a private home.

The food in the restaurant was excellent, though at times the service was a little random.

Staying here was definitely one of the highlights of our amazing trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Northampton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We enjoyed this place and it's swimming pool. Rooms were spacious and clean. However, food was not very good and the people was not that friendly, at least comparing to all other places we stayed at during our trip.
I guess the reflection of these comments is that I do not have anything bad in particular to say nor anything memorable to share. It was just nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed here after 10 safari days and what a treat! Beautifully manicured grounds, gardens, pool. The bathrooms are amazing, bed extra comfy and the bar is really fun at happy hour. A great transition back to civilization. I highly recommend their spa - had one of the best massages ever!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We only had the fortune to stay here one night during our trip to Ngorongoro as it was fully booked and we soon saw why. Tthe journey to the lodge from the main road is dusty and bumpy and if the guide had not known the way, we would never have found it unaided! The lodge is set in lovely grounds with a swimming pool and view across the landscape. The rooms are beautifully furnished with HUGE comfy beds and a luxurious bathroom with all the mod cons you would expect. There is a small balcony outside the door with steps that lead down to the gardens. Dinner was 4 courses and the food was exceptional (the best we had during our whole safari trip). The bar is small and modern but there is a balcony with additional seats and tables outside. The owner came and introduced herself and was happy to chat with the guests. After dinner we met the owner again and chatted over drinks to her and the manager for an hour or so. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful and we were very sorry to leave. Breakfast was a small buffet with a choice of eggs from the kitchen. We absolutely adored this lodge and would have happily stayed for longer. We would highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Plantation Lodge is about twenty minutes from the entrance of the Ngorongoro Park, and you can't find a good place much closer. The Lodge is the site of a coffee plantation. The grounds are exquisitely landscaped. Lodging is in duplex cottages which are beautifully furnished, very spacious, and, unusual for safari travel, has perfect plumbing and 24 hour electricity. The good swimming pool is popular for lounging after returning from the crater game drive. Food is excellent, among the best we had in Africa. The ambiance of the central building, dining and bar facilities is true to the plantation heritage of the site. Staff is very friendly and helpful. If you are in Tanzania, Ngorongoro is a "must see" and the Plantation Lodge just adds to the total experience. It's well worth while to spend several days here rather than trying to rush Ngorongoro into one day as some attempt and the Plantation Lodge is ideal for some "unwinding" after busy safari days.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Plantation Lodge & Safaris
Address: P.O.Box 34 | Karatu, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Plantation Lodge & Safaris 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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