The Manor at Ngorongoro – Ngorongoro area – Tanzania

As you begin to climb the Great Rift valley near the Ngorongoro Crater you will find a haven of elegance and tranquillity. The Manor at Ngorongoro combines iconic Cape Dutch architecture with genuine East African warmth, all set on a rambling Arabica coffee estate in the middle of some of Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations.

This wonderful destination feels like a world away from the rolling plains of the Serengeti to the north or the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara on the escarpment below. Think rolling lawns, English high-teas, croquet and horse-riding, yet just a stone’s throw from some of best safaris in the world.

Bygone elegance

The beautiful Cape Dutch façade of the Manor House and cottages seem to fit perfecting into the verdant setting. 9 cottages, each boasting 2 beautiful suites with double faced fireplaces, ball and claw baths, rain showers and expansive decks, are complimented by a 3 bedroomed family unit.

The main manor house oozes elegance and comfort. The property boasts a fine dining restaurant in addition to elegant outdoor high-teas or lunchtime picnics. A large pool to cool off and a spa for total relaxation.

Manor at Ngorongoro bedroom

Safaris

Undoubtedly most guests come here as a base to visit the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, one of earth’s great natural spectacles. From the Manor at Ngorongoro it is a short drive before you begin your descent into the crater for an unforgettable safari in this unique ecosystem, hemmed in by the extinct volcanoes’ towering crater walls. Half-day or full-day safaris into the Ngorongoro Crater are included in the price.

For those looking to use the property as a base to explore further guests are also offered safaris trips into the Lake Manyara National Park, famed for its tree-climbing lions and great soda lake. Alternatively opt for a fascinating trip into our distant past with a visit to the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most famous paleoanthropological sites in the world, and home to the remains of some of our oldest ancestors.

Clouds over Ngorongoro

A little extra…

For those looking to get a little active the Manor at Ngorongoro offers a wealth of activities. Take a tour of the expansive coffee plantations that surround the property to learn about the growing of the world’s favourite pick-me-up! Alternatively head out and explore the grounds and hills by mountain bike, taking in the spectacular views all around. If you prefer, explore on horseback (supplement payable) with a range of horse to suit most abilities and ages, this is a wonderful way to discover your surroundings.

Manor at Ngorongoro horses

Prices:

Price from: £475.00 / €655.00 / $530.00 per person in a double room per night*

Contact us for the best rates for The Manor at Ngorongoro – minimum 2 night stay all year.

  • Specials for combining The Manor at Ngorongoro with other Elewana Lodges and long stays  – ask us for more details

*Based on a 2 night stay 01 April – 31 May 2020

What’s included:

  • Accommodation in luxury suite

  • All meals

  • Selection of local drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

  • Variety of daily activities including safaris into Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara

  • Return airstrip transfers from Manyara airstrip

  • Laundry

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel to and from the property or Manyara airstrip

  • Select premium beverages and champagnes

  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides

  • Items of a personal nature – i.e. spa treatments, telephone calls, curio purchases etc

  • Park and conservation fees.

  • Certain dining options – like estate picnic hampers

Wildlife highlights:

  • Rhino

  • Elephant

  • Lion

  • Leopard

  • Buffalo

When to visit:

  • January – February: A short drier spell between the 2 rainiest seasons. Temperatures a generally warm although as the Manor is at a higher altitude it is never very hot. The scenery is lush and green and great for birding. Game viewing in the Ngorongoro is fairly consistent throughout the year as it is an enclosed ecosystem.

  • March – May: Temperatures a generally warm. This is the period of the so-called “long rains” which seem many days of rain. Seldom does the rain last the whole day, and often just afternoon showers. Good time for birding, but access to certain parts of the park may be limited.

  • June – October: This is the dry season, with only occasional rain. Days are lovely and warm and evenings cool, but can be cold. This time of year is high season for travel to Tanzania and the crater can get quite congested.

  • November – December: Temperatures warming up. This period also sees the return of the rains, and is known as the “short rains”, characterised by regular downpours – often in the form of afternoon showers. This period sees the return of many migratory birds.

  • The Manor at Ngorongoro is in an area that experiences malaria – please consult your doctor regarding anti-malaria prophylactics. Please note it is also an area that experiences tsetse flies so we strong recommend not wearing any blue or very dark clothing.

Getting there:

  • Various airlines operate daily light aircraft service to Manyara airstrip.  Most people will start in either Kilimajaro or Arusha from where flying time is around 25-35mins

  • Drive time from Arusha to Swala is approximately4h45mins and from Kilimanjaro is approximately 5h45mins

  • Closest main scheduled airport is Arusha Airport

  • Closest main international gateway -Kilimanjaro International Airport

Weather:

  • January – Average High 26ºC (80ºF) / Average Low 14ºC (58ºF) / Average days with rain 15

  • April – Average High 25ºC (77ºF) / Average Low 16ºC (61ºF) / Average days with rain 22

  • July – Average High 21ºC (70ºF) / Average Low 12ºC (53ºF) / Average days with rain 5

  • October – Average High 26ºC (80ºF) / Average Low 14ºC (58ºF) / Average days with rain 7