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The Plantation Lodge

The Plantation Lodge is a country hotel located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the village of Karatu in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Plantation Lodge is a great base from which to explore both Lake Manyara National Park and the incredible Ngorongoro Crater whilst travelling on a privately guided road safari through northern Tanzania. The accommodation is extremely comfortable, without being overly luxurious, and the food and service is very good. The lodge has character and the grounds are very pleasant and offer somewhere relaxing to retreat back to after a busy day game viewing. Management and staff are friendly and efficient. Plantation Lodge is a great all round 4 star option and offers decent value for money.


Accommodation is offered in 24 large, spacious rooms (including seven suites and a family suite) located in various cottages set around the lovely gardens. Each of the rooms are individually…


The Ngorongoro Highlands sit on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley as it curves south-westwards from the desolate Lake Natron past Lake Manyara to the remote Lake Eyasi. These highlands are the remnants of…


Plantation Lodge accepts children of all ages and their family rooms and suites are very suitable for families. However, it is worth noting that the day trip to Ngorongoro Crater is quite a long day in the vehicle for young children.

Conservation & community

Plantation Lodge is run as a hotel-style property and doesn’t have any specific conservation and community projects beyond their natural support of the local community, mainly in terms of employment.

LocationKaratu Village, Ngorongoro Highlands
AccessBy road with private vehicle, nearly 3 hours from Arusha
OpenMid-May to mid-April
Camp StyleSafari lodge
FocusBig game / Crater experience
ChildrenNo age restriction
ActivitiesGame drives by private vehicle into Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara; guided walks from lodge
VehiclesAll guests arrive with private vehicle and guide
Off-road DrivingNo
Number of Rooms24 rooms and suites (including 1 family room and 1 family suite)
Family Accommodation1 two bedroomed family room / 1 two bedroomed family suite / triples
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Bath (in some rooms and suites)
Power for chargingIn room
LightingElectric / Solar / Generator
HairdryerProvided in room
Heating/CoolingStanding fans / Wood burning stoves in some suites
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary in booked suites only
Communication in roomNo
Mobile ReceptionYes (limited)
Dining StylePrivate dining
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks in booked suites only
Credit CardsVisa and Mastercard