Overview of Plantation Lodge

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and vast coffee plantations, the Plantation Lodge is a stylish and private retreat situated close to the town of Karatu in Tanzania. An ideal place to rest and relax, the lodge welcomes both romantics and families to enjoy its beautiful setting and many activities. Parents and children alike will enjoy trips into the bush in the company of a knowledgeable guide or a visit to the coffee plantations to learn all about this active trade.

The convenient location of Plantation Lodge will also allow you to explore nearby attractions, such as Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and the Empakaai & Olmoti Crater. Experience a cultural visit to Lake Eyasi to learn more about the ancient hunter-gatherer tribe – the Hadzabe.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Close proximity to Ngorongoro Crater
  • Very relaxed feel - cool & shady lawns
  • Various room types around the tropical gardens
  • Healthy, tasty meals from home grown fruit & vegetables
  • Visit one of the surrounding coffee plantations
  • Village visits to the bustling village of Karatu
Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Day tours

Day tours

Spa treatments

Spa treatments

Rooms at Plantation Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Standard Room

    Each of the 16 double rooms at the Plantation Lodge has its own unique style. African safari antiques and Tanzanian arts and crafts decorate the rooms, while modern amenities ensure that youu2019ll have a comfortable stay. Six rooms can be converted into triple rooms as these rooms offer more than enough space for an extra bed.rnrnThe rooms are distributed throughout the flowering garden, some with verandas and direct access to the garden, and others purely boasting a spacious and tranquil place in which to relax and unwind.rn

    Other Room Types

    rnThe Honeymoon Suite at Plantation Lodge is situated apart from the other rooms, offering romantics even more privacy. The rooms feature a cosy fireplace, terrace and special shower & Jacuzzi bath – highly recommended for a romantic night.rnrnThe group house lies further down the garden and offers an ideal place for a family or a group of friends. It features four double suites, all of which are en suite, as well as a large dining room. Facilities are also available for younger children.

    General Facilities

    The large pool at the bottom end of the garden overlooks the valley below and offers an ideal place in which to cool off after a day out in the sun or simply relax on a lounger.

    Bar

    Bar

    Curio shop

    Curio shop

    Laundry service

    Laundry service

    Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Tuck into a range of European specialties or try something new with the many exotic dishes at Plantation Lodge.

    Meals are prepared using fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, and are accompanied by your choice of exquisite South African wines.

    The group house has a large dining room, offering a wonderful social atmosphere in which to enjoy your dinners. Alternatively, choose to enjoy a romantic, private dinner by candle light.

    Expert Opinion

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    Liesel van Zyl

    Liesel van Zyl

    Product Manager

    Plantation Lodge has a fabulous laid-back atmosphere, and the lush garden setting and spacious rooms really add to the feeling of calm and serenity.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • ML

      Plantation Lodge in Ngorongoro – The property, without doubt, is beautiful. We were given a house not a suite of rooms. We had a 4-bedroom house with dining and living facilities plus several balconies. It was like a mini castle. It was called the Garden Room. So, no complaints about the accommodations though it’s a bit surprising that for the plushness of the lodge, they didn’t have shampoo and/or conditioner in the showers. They only had shower gel. This is a small disappointment. Also, the food was a disappointment. It did not live up to the plushness of the property. Nice plating and presentation but the flavors were just not there. A bit off. My sister is an internationally-trained chef and runs a cooking school so I think you can put some credence into our evaluation.

      The service was good. Amenities were good except for the lack of shampoo & conditioner in the shower which to me is very basic. Wifi was present in the rooms but not strong. Wifi was generally NOT consistent or strong in all areas of the lodge including the reception & common areas.

      Melanie Lim
    • RW

      We were sad to leave the Plantation Lodge. It is a fabulous place with great service and is really top class.

      Roland Watura
    • AW

      Plantation Lodge took it to another level and lunching in the garden when we arrived was another special and memorable touch. The venue and decor was first class and we loved every second. We even wandered round the garden with the head gardener who showed us where all the food is grown. The owners were warm and friendly and I loved the wine cellar!

      Anthony Williams
    • DH

      Plantation Lodge – second time there and even better and it is so well run. We would definitely go back.

      Donna Halow
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele

    Traveller Reviews

    • ML

      Plantation Lodge in Ngorongoro – The property, without doubt, is beautiful. We were given a house not a suite of rooms. We had a 4-bedroom house with dining and living facilities plus several balconies. It was like a mini castle. It was called the Garden Room. So, no complaints about the accommodations though it’s a bit surprising that for the plushness of the lodge, they didn’t have shampoo and/or conditioner in the showers. They only had shower gel. This is a small disappointment. Also, the food was a disappointment. It did not live up to the plushness of the property. Nice plating and presentation but the flavors were just not there. A bit off. My sister is an internationally-trained chef and runs a cooking school so I think you can put some credence into our evaluation.

      The service was good. Amenities were good except for the lack of shampoo & conditioner in the shower which to me is very basic. Wifi was present in the rooms but not strong. Wifi was generally NOT consistent or strong in all areas of the lodge including the reception & common areas.

      Melanie Lim
    • RW

      We were sad to leave the Plantation Lodge. It is a fabulous place with great service and is really top class.

      Roland Watura
    • AW

      Plantation Lodge took it to another level and lunching in the garden when we arrived was another special and memorable touch. The venue and decor was first class and we loved every second. We even wandered round the garden with the head gardener who showed us where all the food is grown. The owners were warm and friendly and I loved the wine cellar!

      Anthony Williams
    • DH

      Plantation Lodge – second time there and even better and it is so well run. We would definitely go back.

      Donna Halow
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • PH

      What a great place!!! The service that we had in Tanzania / Kenya was very good, but here the service is off the chart. The people really go out of their way to make you feel at home. The lodge was beautiful, very well decorated with a lot of taste, without being presumptuous. The food was just fabulous. We really would like to have spent more time there. The decor, the setting and the friendly very attentive people made it feel like something out of a dream. Thank you for getting us into this beautiful lodge.

      Phil Hand
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele
    • DP

      Plantation Lodge was a real pleasant surprise. This is a real oasis with beautiful gardens and accommodations. It has a great hilltop setting overlooking the farming valleys around it. The lodge was very comfortable and the food and service was great. With the pretty pool it is a good place to recharge your batteries and relax between Land Rover trips. The nearby town of Karatu is very interesting. We woke up one morning to a noisy
      Turkey Gobbler outside our door.

      Donald Peele