Plantation Lodge


Near Karatu

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level
DeluxeSomething special. Indulge yourself with a high-quality experience.
Price Guide

Plantation Lodge

This luxurious lodge, set in lovely grounds which are home to some 140 bird species, offers a supremely comfortable midpoint in your journey to and from Serengeti. Contemporary elegance and traditional attention to detail are strong reasons to stay here. Add the close proximity to Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara and you have a compelling proposition.

If you need some rejuvenation after a busy and exciting safari, or to gather your energy prior to embarking on safari, this wonderfully comfortable, stylish lodge is the perfect place. Situated a stone’s throw from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area park gate, it’s a fantastic base for visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and also for Lake Manyara National Park or Lake Eyasi.

You don’t just have to use it as a base – it’s perfectly possible to spend two or three nights at Plantation to enjoy fine dining, a relaxed atmosphere and impeccable service as well as game drives and cultural walks in the area. Around 140 species of birds can be found in the superb, indigenous and mature grounds, so if you are a budding ornithologist, it is definitely a lodge in which to spend time. Finally, if you are looking for a venue for a very special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary we would recommend Plantation.

Times to Go

Plantation Lodge is often used as a base for the Ngorongoro Crater, where game viewing is fantastic throughout the year. Short grass on the crater floor during the dry season (June to October) makes it easy to spot animals, while from November to May the rains bring the landscape to life with lush green vegetation.

Plantation Lodge highlights

  • Close to Ngorongoro National Park
  • Stunning gardens
  • A birdwatcher’s paradise
  • Swimming pool with Mount Oldeani views
  • Elegant, contemporary style
  • Spa treatments

Plantation Lodge location

Plantation Lodge


  • 31 rooms/suites/private houses
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Swimming Pool
  • WLAN internet
  • Laundry service
  • Souvenir shop


  • Excellent birding
  • Farm walks
  • Tour of in-house wine cellar
  • Massages, manicures & pedicures (optional)
  • Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara game viewing (optional)
  • Day trips to Lake Eyasi  (optional)

Plantation Lodge rooms

Standard lodge rooms

There are 15 standard rooms dotted around the grounds, each individually decorated and each with a verandah or garden-view terrace. All have large, exceedingly comfortable beds, stylish contemporary wooden furniture and elegant textiles. The en-suite facilities for all types of rooms and suites are substantial, offering copious amounts of space and wonderful showers with powerful hot water pressure – a luxury after those safari showers! Large fluffy towels and bath robes make bathing a joy.

Family Unit Bamboo

This family unit has two bedrooms separated by a hall and bathroom. It’s ideal for families with children, with one bedroom having two single beds and the layout offering great privacy. Both bedrooms lead out to a private courtyard with dining area.

Garden House

With four double bedrooms over two floors, a first-floor fireplace room with lounge seating, and a spacious ground-floor dining room leading out to the verandah, this is a magnificent home from home.

Family Suite Farm House
This lovely detached thatched house sits in its own garden. It has two generous en-suite bedrooms, so is ideal for a family or two couples. At the centre of the house is a living room with dining area, sofas and a fireplace.

One-bedroom Suites
There are 7 one-bedroom suites. These vary in size and configuration but each has individual décor, an airy bedroom, spacious bathroom and verandah or terrace, and some have living areas and fireplaces or woodburning stoves.

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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.