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The Plantation Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Plantation Lodge is set in wonderful coffee plantations between the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara which makes it the perfect place from which to explore this area of northern Tanzania and then retreat back to the lodge and relax in the gardens.

At a Glance

  • Spacious and airy rooms

  • Beautiful gardens and lawns

  • Dine in the wine cellar

  • Relax by the swimming pool

  • Great family rooms

Family, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

A private dinner in the glass-ceilinged wine cellar is a real treat!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Take a walk in the gardens and visit the coffee plantation, which is a wonderful insight into how your morning coffee is produced.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

It's well worth visiting some of the local craft markets near the lodge and having a browse!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Plantation Lodge's meals are prepared using the freshest ingredients from their own gardens or the plantation - delicious!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Use Plantation Lodge as a base to explore both Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater National Parks and then retreat away from the crowds back to the lodge.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Plantation Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania


Plantation Lodge is located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and surrounded by coffee plantations, giving its guests both the excitement of a safari and the comfort of a charming lodge.

Each of the 25 rooms has their own individual style, all designed to give maximum relaxation after a dusty day out in the bush. Each room has its own veranda and bathroom and has been specifically designed using local African-safari antiques, arts and crafts. The rooms are in groups set amongst the pretty gardens and there are plenty of lounges and areas to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings when not out on safari.

Plantation Lodge also offers delicious meals with menu choices ranging from European specialities to exotic dishes prepared in the Swahili kitchen. Only the freshest ingredients are used which are taken from the lodge’s own vegetable garden. Together with the meal guests also have the choice of a selection of fine South African wines from the lodge's wine cellar.

Daily safaris begin from the Plantation Lodge heading either West, crossing the legendary Masai territory of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater or East, through the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands, to Lake Manyara. Guests can also enjoy a tour of the coffee plantations, and visits to the colorful market town of Karatu to get a flavor of local life.

There is a lovely swimming pool here, and the verdant gardens provide home to an array of pretty birdlife.


There are 16 standard rooms, seven suites, a family unit and a garden house which has 4 double bedrooms, which is perfect for a family or group traveling together.


Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at The Plantation Lodge. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.


There is a swimming pool which offers a wonderful respite after a dusty day on safari, as well as plenty of chairs in the shade or sunshine dotted around the gardens where you can unwind with a good book.


There are a number of activities which you can partake in during your stay. You can go on game drives in the surrounding national parks and reserves, enjoy a spot of bird watching or visit a local farm and coffee plantations to name a few. If you are staying during market day (ask your safari guide), it's worth visiting the market town of Karatu nearby, watching locals selling and buying produce.

If you would like to relax, the pool at the lodge can prove to very refreshing. You could also arrange a massage if you are feeling like indulging in a bit of pampering.

Location & Directions

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Plantation Lodge is a 10-minute drive north of the market town of Karatu on the lower slopes of Ngorongoro Crater, a short drive from Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks and a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

When to go

Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Plantation Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania

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