The Manor at Ngorongoro

Overview

The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater lies within the Shangri-La estate, surrounded by lush gardens. Harking back in time to a grander age, the ten luxurious family-friendly cottages blend East African hospitality with colonial European architecture and décor. Intimate and private, the cottages boast ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and private decks that maximize the magnificent views.

Guest accommodation consists of 18 Manor Cottage Suites and one Stable Cottage; the latter is offered for family use. All suite buildings are dotted around the hotel’s well-kept grounds. Each unit has a private entrance leading onto a lovely sun terrace, which has a couple of easy chairs, a table, sunloungers, and beautiful views! Entering the cottage, you’ll find a very large sleeping and living space, partially divided by a cozy fireplace.

The bedroom contains a king-size bed or twin beds, bedside chests and lighting, and an additional single bed if required. In the lounge, there’s a comfortable sofa, an armchair, a coffee table, and other storage units. Amenities and services include an internal telephone system, a tea-and-coffee station, complimentary bottles of mineral water, a complimentary jar of homemade cookies, an electronic safe, a stationery set, bathrobes and slippers, a hairdryer, nightly turndown, and room service on request.

The en-suite facilities comprise a flush toilet, twin washbasins, a rainfall shower, and a freestanding bathtub with shower attachments. Stable Cottage is located behind the riding stables. It has two floors. The ground floor contains a master bedroom and a twin bedroom, both with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a family lounge. Upstairs, there’s a twin bedroom for children, another bathroom, and a playroom complete with satellite television! Stable Cottage also has a private sun terrace and a private courtyard.

Meals are sumptuous affairs to be savored in the formal dining room, the dining conservatory, or privately in the guest cottages. African-inspired fare is complemented by a selection of fine wine from the manor’s own cellar. Guests can relax and unwind in the sauna and steam room, try their hand in the snooker room, or read one of the many books from the library whilst lounging in front of a cozy fireplace, a great place for the family to play board games. Fun family adventures include excursions to Lake Manyara and Olduvai Gorge, visits to a Masai Market, guided estate walks, and leisurely bicycle trails along the Ngorongoro Crater.

What we love about The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater

  • Ask your hosts to organize one of their famous crater picnics for you, a wonderful experience for the family
  • Give the kids a unique experience and visit a local Maasai village and immerse yourselves in the bustle of the lively markets.
  • Spend an afternoon sampling some of the finest Tanzanian coffee on a guided estate walk with the Manor’s grounds.

Activities at Ngorongoro crater

The Manor is a superb base from which to explore the Rift Valley region, offering both on-site activities and things to do farther afield:

  • Expertly guided game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater– One of the world’s most spectacular features, the crater was formed when an enormous volcano collapsed in on itself. This collapse resulted in a caldera over 600 meters deep and with a floor covering 260 square kilometers. Today the crater is home to all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to impressive populations of smaller predators and herbivores, and ample birdlife. Drives will be with your private vehicle and guide, usually starting out after an early-morning breakfast. You’ll enjoy a full day in the crater, with a hearty picnic lunch stop!

  • Expertly guided game drives in Lake Manyara National Park– Another highlight to any stay in North Tanzania visiting Lake Manyara offers exciting opportunities to view a wide range of wildlife in one of Africa’s most scenic safari areas. Your private guide will introduce you to some of the park’s finest attractions, such as its vast flocks of flamingos and svelte tree-climbing lions!

  • Horse riding with a picnic– The Manor has stables on-site, and guests can enjoy riding around the hotel grounds and through the highlands of Ngorongoro. All rides are accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide, who’ll tell you all about the area and answer any questions. And a picnic lunch will be prepared for you by the hotel’s own executive chef!

  • Sundowner cocktails at The Manor At the end of every fun-filled day, you can unwind with cocktails served by attentive staff, while watching the sun descend over Ngorongoro.

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