Plantation Lodge

Location: Serengeti & Northern Tanzania | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Plantation Lodge is an Exsus favourite, perfectly located for visits to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. This cosy little farmhouse lodge is an ideal compliment to the tented camps of the Serengeti and two or three days spent here is a great way to discover this lush corner of Northern Tanzania.
Perfect forSnuggling up beside a blazing fire in the cool Rift Valley evenings.
In the knowVisit in October to see the jacaranda trees in bloom - beautiful!

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Chic Design
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Eco-tourism

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Just outside Karatu village, between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

Rooms at Plantation Lodge

Guests at Plantation Lodge stay in the main farmhouse and cottages scattered amongst the pretty gardens. No two rooms are the same, but a cool, colonial feel is continued throughout. There are creamy whitewashed walls, beds swathed in mosquito nets and polished stone floors.

Food & Drink

Fresh is the name of the game here. Vegetables, herbs and fruit are all from the lodge’s own gardens, and cosy dinners are served by candlelight. Tea and coffee are grown across the highlands of Tanzania, so an early morning cuppa as the mist rises off the gardens is a must.


At the end of a day’s activities, there’s a pool for a late afternoon dip. It’s also the perfect setting for a sundowner (make ours a gin and tonic).

Activities at Plantation Lodge

Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater are nearby and merit a visit of a day each. The birds flitting amongst the gardens are irresistible, and caffeine addicts should be sure to visit one of the nearby coffee plantations. For the more sedately inclined, there are also massages on offer at the lodge - bliss if you’ve already spent a few days on bumpy bush roads!

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