The Manor at Ngorongoro

Nestled in hills to the south of the Ngorongoro Crater

One of the premier lodges surrounding Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, The Manor is located on a 6km² Arabica coffee estate.

Reminiscent of an elegant up-country farmhouse this beautiful manor is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend beautiful old-world Cape Dutch architecture with renowned East African hospitality. For guests wanting to explore the Ngorongoro Crater, The Manor is within easy reach of this real life “Garden of Eden”. Set on 6km² of beautiful gardens, its intimate and elegant accommodations take in the natural beauty of its surrounding verdant hills.

Adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Manor offers guests accommodation in 9 elegant cottages – comprising 18 suites – including a family cottage. The 18 Manor Suites mirror the same traditional Cape Dutch architecture as the Main House and have their own private entrances as well as a private terrace. The rooms are spacious and feature a King-sized bed and a beautiful lounge area separated by a double, open-fronted log fireplace. The interiors are furnished in the same manner with rooms featuring lovely wooden desks, elegant furniture and beautiful hardwood coffee tables. The ensuite bathrooms are fitted with rain showers, Victorian-style claw-footed baths and twin vanity basins. The Family Cottage – also known as the Stable Cottage as it is located at the rear of the stables – is divided into two floors. It has three bedrooms (each with their own ensuite) as well as a lounge and private dining area and TV playroom.

The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater

A Grand Entrance

From the moment you enter The Manor’s grand entrance hall you will be impressed by its scale and grandeur. The high ceilings feature high wooden beams and large double doors at each end. Off to the sides are the elegant lounge room and dining room. The lounge room and connecting bar are furnished with large comfortable couches and features a grand piano near the bar. The Dining Room boasts plush, high-backed chairs with large French windows opening out onto the terrace. Downstairs, guests will find a full-size billiards table, a cinema room and a large wooden dining table that is often used for private dinners or wine tastings.


Activities centre around a day’s adventure in the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, however, there are several other options available at The Manor Ngorongoro Crater. Guests can go horse riding around the estate, enjoy picnics in the gardens, visit nearby Olduvai Gorge, take a guided nature walk or coffee tour, play a game of croquet on the lawn or enjoy a game drive in nearby by Lake Manyara National Park, home to wildlife including buffalo, hippo, impalas and wildebeest. There are also plenty of activities for children, including pony rides and activity books.

Playing Croquet
  • A premier lodge near to Tanzania’s renowned Ngorongoro Crater
  • A beautiful, old Cape Dutch farmhouse
  • Situated amid 6km² of beautiful gardens with sensational views
  • Superb interiors including the lounge, bar and dining room
  • Plenty of family-friendly activities from croquet and pony rides to activity books
  • Game drives with the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park
  • Peaceful outdoor swimming pool
  • Billiards table and cinema room
  • 18 elegant Manor Suites as well as a Family Suite
  • Beautiful lounge and bar fitted with a grand piano
  • Dining room and outdoor terrace
  • Billiards table
  • Cinema room
  • Swimming pool set within a walled garden
  • King-sized or twin beds
  • En suite bathroom with rain shower and claw-footed bathtubs
  • Specially blended fragranced soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Complimentary bottles of mineral water
  • Bathrobes and slippers Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Writing desks
  • Game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Game drives to Lake Manyara National Park
  • Explore the renowned Olduvai Gorge – known as “the Cradle of Mankind”
  • Guided nature walks and coffee tours
  • Pony and horse riding
  • Croquet equipment

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Guests are able to transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro by road from Arusha (around 2 hours 45 minutes) or Kilimanjaro Airport (3 hours 45 minutes). Alternatively, they can fly to Manyara Airstrip, which is just 40 minutes’ drive to the lodge.

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Ngorongoro Crater FAQ

Gameviewing in the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent all year round, with the animals easiest to spot during the dry months (June to September). The wettest months are March and April; however, this is also the quietest time to visit.

Apart from its incredible scenic beauty, one of the best reasons to visit the Ngorongoro Crater is because you can see all members of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. It is one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino as they can’t escape from the crater floor.

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