The Ngorongoro Farm House is a good value option when visiting the Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara area. The lodge is set in the coffee plantations of with lush hill sides and lovely views. The lodge really feels like a operating farm and is slightly more rustic than some of the other properties in the area but is priced respectively.
The lodge is located in the Karatu area which is equal distance from Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara which serves as the perfect location for a driving safari starting in Arusha.
Ngorongoro Farm House - The Facts
The Ngorongoro Farm House faces the Oldeani Volcano and only 5 km’s from the Ngorongoro
Lolduare gate making the lodge a perfect stopover as part of your northern Tanzania safari
circuit when visiting Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.
The main lodge area is under a larger thatched structure with bar and dining area where all meals are taken. There are 52 cottages and suites in the whole property, the cottages are spread out among the coffee plantations however it doesn’t feel like a lodge of this size somehow.
Ngorongoro Farm House is a ‘drive in’ lodge which means you need to bring your own guide and vehicle from Arusha as the lodge only supplies the accommodation and not the safari activities. Typically a two night stay works well here spending the first day game driving in Lake Manyara
and the second day game driving in Ngorongoro Crater. You can also use the lodge for further excursions to see the Hadzabe tribe or nearby Lake Eyasi. There really is no need to spend more than two nights here, the Ngorongoro Crater is certainly very famous, but its small size means that one day game driving here will be more than enough.
A typical Northern Tanzania itinerary would start off with a night in Arusha. This is generally used as a stop over and allows some time to catch your breath or act as a buffer should your international flight be delayed. After staying at Farm House you would typically fly to the Serengeti, with your driver dropping you off at Lake Manyara airstrip. Depending on what time of year you visit, will generally indicate where in the Serengeti you will be visiting. From July - October the migration is in the North of the National Park in the Kogatende region. Here the famous river crossings occur which normally means some epic wildlife sightings! From November through to March the herds congregate in their largest numbers on the Ndutu Plains. In February the calving season occurs and over 8,000 calves are born per day over a number of weeks. Between April and June the herds then head into the Seronera and Grumeti regions of the park as they embark North again.
Any number of camps combine very well with Ngorongoro Farm House. Its great value means that you can afford to splash out a bit more in the Serengeti if you wish to.
After a safari, there is nothing better then heading over to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar to soak up some sun on a lounger and sip cool drinks by the pool. If you are after some more culture, the city of Stone Town makes for a great stop-over for a night or two before the beach with the luxurious Park Hyatt being the pick of the bunch for hotels in the city.
On Zanzibar, you have to be careful as many of the beaches are tidal, yet there are some hotels and lodges that have excellent beaches. Zuri in the North of the island is our favourite and with a non-tidal beach, glistening white sand and plenty of swimming pool beach bars, it is the perfect location to round of a Northern Tanzania holiday.
There are many deals to be had with Ngorongoro and Serengeti Lodges, especially when travelling as a group or on a honeymoon so it is definitely worth contacting one of our Tanzania experts to see what deals you could take advantage of!