Karatu camps - Plantation Lodge
Plantation Lodge is a small privately-owned hotel with plenty of style, a small oasis of trees, beautiful gardens & thriving birdlife within a working farm, close to the entrance into the Ngorongoro forest reserve. Based in the Karatu Area, Plantation is a good option if you'd like to avoid the large lodges on the Crater Rim.
This small hotel with only 16 standard rooms has the comfortable and intimate feel of a well run bush home. The 8 elegant suites and family rooms are well thought out with large beds & modern bathrooms and it's immediately obvious that the place has been designed and decorated by someone with a great eye for design.
Here food and service are of a high standard, and the owners, Renate and Udo Marahens, who have been farming in the area for many years, have a high level of input in the day to day running of the lodge. At some 7000 ft above sea level, this has to be one of the most seductive climates - hot days and cool mornings and nights, although between July and early September there can be a fair amount of low cloud that hangs around on the edge of the highlands, making the place feel more like Scotland than Africa.
This is an excellent place to spend one or two nights between visits to Manyara and Ngorongoro which can be easily arranged from here. This is also a place from which one can easily visit Lake Eyasi for an (albeit rather long) day and it's also just a very comfortable place where you can get a total contrast to the rest of your safari.
Here you wont be seeing large animals from your bedroom, but you'll get a taste of the wonderful climate and of what life in the highlands of East Africa can be like. As well as relaxing you can take some great walks from the lodge into the surrounding farmland and the forest to nearby waterfalls, or simply relax around the spotlessly clean swimming pool.
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