Located in Karatu, close to the entrance to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is both a stylish and a convenient place to stay during your safari. More of a country retreat than a safari lodge, this beautiful property has individually furnished rooms and suites which give you ultimate comfort and relaxation. The garden is just gorgeous to walk around and being set away from the high traffic that the Crater attracts, you will be able to relax with this world wonder just a short distance away.
The 14 rooms, which are all en suite, are simply furnished and surrounded by well-kept and colourful gardens. In addition there is also an impressive honeymoon suite which has an enormous bed, and a fabulous ‘Jacuzzi shower’.
Many of the rooms can also be used as triples, and there is a 2 bedroom family suite; a family house comprising two separate bedrooms with a private dining area / lounge and patio, which would be ideal for two couples travelling together. For bigger families or groups the 4 bedroom Garden House would be ideal.
There is also a good sized swimming pool situated in the gardens.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area starts just 20 minutes by car from Plantation Lodge. After a drive of a further half-hour visitors reach the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2,500 metres / 8,000 feet where they are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama. When the morning mists float over the edge of the crater they reveal the large volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles).
Some 25,000 animals live in the caldera – Zebras, buffalo, antelope, lions, black rhinos, hippos, elephants … They all feed on the abundant grazing grounds and the groundwater of the crater floor.