Bashay Rift Lodge


Karatu area, near Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Bashay Rift Lodge

Sitting majestically atop a hill, Bashay Rift Lodge has fantastic views over surrounding farmland and the Ngorongoro Hills.  It offers peace and tranquillity in a rural setting carved out of the wilderness just 40 minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater, which will likely be the main reason for a stay here.

With its large swimming pool, coffee plantations, beehives and vegetable gardens, lovely walks and mountain biking routes, Bashay is a wonderful place to rest and recharge between Serengeti and Arusha, or to use as your base for visiting the Ngorongoro Crater.

Bashay has very comfortable and flexible accommodation and is superb for families or small groups who want to explore this part of Tanzania by foot or by bike, or just chill by the pool before tucking into home-grown produce at meal times.

Relax and wander around the formal and kitchen gardens, visit the beehives and meet the hens who provide your breakfast eggs, explore the coffee plantation where your morning coffee is grown, or visit a local farm, school or village. Enjoy sundowners by the swimming pool while taking in the amazing views across to the Ngorongoro Hills, or spoil yourself with a relaxing massage.

We love Bashay as a really comfortable and very reasonably-priced lodge either as your base for visiting the Crater or Lake Eyasi, or if travelling between Arusha and the Serengeti.

Bashay Rift Lodge highlights

  • Superb farmland views
  • 40 minutes from Ngorongoro Crater
  • Large swimming pool
  • In-house massage service
  • Wonderful rural setting
  • Great for families or groups

Bashay Rift Lodge location

Bashay Rift Lodge


  • 21 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Fabulous swimming pool
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Laundry service
  • Gift shop


  • Game drives in Ngorongoro (optional)
  • Mountain biking
  • Rural walks
  • Farm, school and cultural visits
  • Day trips to Lake Eyasi (optional)
  • Bee keeping

Bashay Rift Lodge rooms

Bashay has a variety of room types, including 2 spacious honeymoon suites overlooking the pool, family cottages with interconnecting doors and 2 houses (one 4-bedroom, one 6-bedroom) with lounges with fireplaces, which are ideal for families or groups of friends.

There are 21 rooms in total, scattered around and across the hillside.

The rooms and suites have lofty ceilings painted white with exposed supporting wooden beams, with double or twin beds and mosquito nets.

Within each room there are easy chairs ample space for your luggage and a small writing table.

All the rooms have huge en-suite facilities, with double showers.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Bashay Rift Lodge has a new, eco-friendly water system for the pool, and because so much of the produce served there – from fruit and vegetables to coffee, honey and eggs – is produced on site.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.