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Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Ngorongoro Karatu, Tanzania

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Game drives to the Crater, Lake Eyasi and Manyara

Guide Price: From: $305 To: $475

Ngorongoro Farmhouse is in Ololdukan, about 4kms from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and located with great views of Oldeani. This is a good option as a place to base yourself to visit the Ngorongoro Crater if you dont like the idea of the very large, impersonal or excruciatingly expensive lodges on the Crater Rim itself.  To get to the Crater Rim takes about 40 minutes and you should allow a further 40 or so to get to the Crater floor.

This is a working farm with lots of pigs, free range chickens, ducks, rabbits, lambs and cows. Fruit and vegetables are grown and apart from the fish imported from the coast, it aims to be pretty much self sufficient. Alongside being a working farm , this is also a coffee plantation, so your coffee really is freshly roasted. There are essentially 3 camps made up of 13 private cottages all scattered among the coffee plantation - each is private, large and light with high vaulted ceilings which makes them feel even more spacious. Decorated in an old colonial style, using local materials, and with billowing mosquito nets hanging from the four poster beds, they're comfortable and clean and understated. They all have their own bathrooms, with shower and bath though there's unlikely to be quite enough hot water to fill the latter.

The main lodge buidling houses the restaurant, coffee room where you can grind your own beans and televison area. On one side there is a large terrace overlooking the manicured gardens, and a swimming pool on the other.

This is a good place to look at if you're trying to keep costs down and is a good option for families, just do be aware that in peak season if all the cottages are full, there can be quite a crowd here.

Accommodation:

52 cottage rooms in large grounds. Central lodge with restaurant, coffee shop, TV area and spacious terrace overlooking gardens. Swimming pool

Guide Price:

From: 305 To: 475

Experience:

Game drives to the Crater, Lake Eyasi and Manyara

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Pool:
yes
Age Restrictions:
all ages welcome
Electricity:
generator
Rooms:
40
Bathroom:
all ensuite
Open/Closed
open all year

About Ngorongoro Karatu and Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Karatu

Karatu is an area of fertile coffee and arable farms on the south eastern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater.  The area sits at about 7500 ft above sea level, often with it's head in the clouds, and feels lush, green and in stark contrast to the dry floor of the Rift Valley a short distance to the east.  The town of Karatu itself lies on the Ngorongoro - Manyara road, but most of the small lodges that we'd recommend in this area are set in the midst of farms quite some distance from the town itself.  We'd often recommend one of the lodges in Karatu, over and above the Crater Rim, as a place from which to visit the Ngorongoro Crater.  The downside to this is clear - you won't be waking up to look down into the Crater from your bedroom window.  However, there are plenty of upsides to staying in Karatu if sacrificing crater views isn't a deal-breaker for you. Read more?

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