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The Plantation Lodge

near Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Facilities

  • Gorgeous gardens with masses of shady spots secreted amongst the foliage

  • A big swimming pool sculpted amongst the greenery

  • A small health and beauty salon offering aromatherapy, neck and shoulder massages, and manicures and pedicures

  • A convivial bar, soon be expanded to incorporate a glass floor above the new wine cellar

  • Extraordinary birdlife, with several indigenous species, including resident turkeys and guinea fowl which may accompany you through the gardens

When to go?

This area is amazing at any time of year but expect heavy rain if visiting during the 'Long Rains' which last from April through to May, sometimes on into June. There's a second bout of wet weather, the 'Short Rains', between October and early December. And, of course, the Serengeti migrations will be important in deciding when to visit. In February and March the green pasturelands of the southeastern end of the park are covered with calving wildebeest. June is the time to see the migration crossing the Grumeti river whilst the better known, perilous crossing of the Mara river at the Park's northern end takes place in July and August. But because most of Ngorongoro's animal life is sedentary you'll see masses of wildlife there at any time of year. The hotel is closed for April & May.

Author's tips

Bring waterproofs if you coincide with the Short or Long Rains. The Zanzibar Chest (Aidan Hartley) is a great holiday read: the early chapters give a fascinating insight into the area around Arusha during the early Nyerere years.

Features include:

  • Restaurant
  • All meals included
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Garden
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor pool
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Plantation LodgeThis is a great place to break a journey between Arusha and the Serengeti, and you'll remember your arrival at Plantation Lodge. A bumpy dirt track cuts in from the dusty main road by way of a vast coffee plantation, past tin-roofed shacks and waving children, to end at a sweep of lawn so green and so perfect, it could be lifted from deepest Oxfordshire. Beyond this emerald carpet, exuberant stands of agave, acacia, mango and bamboo, towering silver oaks, jacarandas and ficus trees teeming with multi-coloured birdlife, remind you that, yes, you're still in Africa - and a delectable corner of it to boot. The guest [r:TA016:suites and cottages] fan out around the original coffee lodge, which feels straight from the pages of Karen Blixen: polished terracotta and screed floors, high garden-facing French windows, Planter-style furniture, whirling overhead fans and masses of African memorabilia like carvings, wall hangings and watercolours of the bush. The mood is cool and measured, one of respite and retreat: Plantation Lodge offers a perfect foil to the exertion and exhilaration of a Tanzanian safari.

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