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The Plantation Lodge

near Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania


Kids are welcome at Plantation Lodge. They would get good measure out of the extensive gardens and pool, and there are rooms which have been designed specifically with families in mind.

Children up to 2 years old stay for free, 2 - 6 year olds are charged 50% of the rate if sharing with parents, 6+ year olds in in own room full pay adult rate.

We've rated it best for kids aged 4 and up largely because the game drives are better if you're quiet and can concentrate...but we know there are exceptions out there.

  • Best for: Children (4-12 years)
  • Family friendly accommodation: The Zanzibar and Bamboo houses both have a double and twin bedroom; The Plantation House has interconnecting bedrooms, and can sleep up to 5.
  • Babysitting: Babysitting is available by arrangement.
  • Baby equipment:
    • Baby cots
    • High chairs
  • Children's meals: You may need to request an early dinner for smaller kids or something less extravagant in the evening in general for them; otherwise, breakfast, packed lunches and afternoon tea are all perfectly child-friendly.
  • Kids Activities on site:
    • Group house with kids facilities
    • Swimming pool
    • Extensive gardens with great bird watching
  • Kids Activities nearby:
    • Ngorongoro Crater is 20 minutes away
    • Lake Manyara is 30 minutes away
    • There are also markets, villages and coffee plantations to visit
  • Families Should Know: Kids need to be good at travelling to tackle this kind of safari trip - ideally, you'd stay here for 3 days then move on to another stop. The pool is unfenced and some balconies have wide slats along the rails so aren't ideal for tinies.


  • Airport: 190km (Kilimanjaro International Airport)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited and can sometimes go astray, so if it is crucial to you, please check with the hotel that it is still available

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.

Book this hotelfrom 429USD