“A charmingly simple hilltop lodge in a great location near Ngorongoro, with a real community mission”
The 15 Tented Houses (stilted, thatch-roofed platforms with a tent inside) are set along winding paths, beside the organic vegetable garden. At night, these paths are lit by paraffin lamps, but staff will escort you to and from the main lodge, in case there are animals around.
Inside, each tent is identical. There’s a large main bedroom area with beds and a wicker armchair, plus a veranda with 2 planter-style chairs and a wooden log table, and a partitioned-off bathroom area. Most tents have 1 or 2 double beds, but there are 2 family tents with a double and 2 singles. Beds are comfy, covered in hand-sewn linens and strewn with fresh flowers on your arrival. While you eat dinner, a hot-water bottle will be tucked between your sheets, and there are blankets to keep you warm during the colder months. There are solar-powered electricity points, so you can charge your camera and phone, and there are bedside lights, plus torches in case you need them. We loved sitting out on our veranda, soaking up the incredible view.
Bathrooms are spacious, and although they are not luxurious, you do get a hot-water shower, locally-made soap, piles of orange towels and a flushing toilet.
Meals are served in the lovely dining room in the main lodge and you can opt for full- or half-board options. In the evenings it looks gorgeous; candlelit tables, little braziers, and the flickering firelight from the lounge beyond. There are blankets to wrap around yourselves if you get cold. Tables are set up for groups of 2-12 (there are often safari groups staying), and are laid with white napkins and cool animal-print salt and pepper holders.
The food is largely organic from the lodge’s own garden, or from local farms. Whilst it’s not gourmet it’s very good, and imaginative; a 3-course set formula. Perhaps root vegetable soup to start, a spicy meat stew with potatoes for main, and a fruit tart for dessert.
Breakfast can be taken as early as you want, so you can get on the road for your dawn game drive. We loved the banana pancakes, and the Tanzania omelette, with its chilli kick. Juices are freshly squeezed, and there are big Thermoses of tea and coffee to help yourselves to.
Lunches are packed, eaten out on game drives. These consist of a number of tasty treats - a box of juice, water, a boiled egg, pieces of fruit, a calzone or samosa, pancakes, quiche or pizza, and a sandwich.
Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, but you'd need to keep a close eye on toddlers as the tents are on raised platforms. Safari is best suited to 6+ year olds. Children aged 6-12 are charged 50% of the adult rate when sharing with 2 adults.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
There are 2 family tents with a double bed and 2 single beds.
Baby cots are available
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Older children can play football with the orphans