Reviews of Plantation Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
38 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Plantation Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Breathtaking scenery at Ngorongoro"
Perhaps they could have organised a sandowner within their really beatiful lodge." See all these reviews: 5n in Kenya; 3n in Tanzania
"Great Experience Overall"
Our guide Barakka drove us first to Lake Manyara where we got our first taste of a Safari. He was knowledgeable about all animals and made sure we were comfortable throughout. Within a few minutes of being in Lake Manyara we came across a giraffe who walked up to our jeep so gracefully we all stared in awe. What a beautiful experience!!
Ngorongoro Crater was even more interesting where animals are concerned. We saw lions sleeping under jeeps and so much more.
Returning to the Lodge after the Safari was always enjoyable, with a swim in the pool before dinner.
" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania
The lodge had wi-fi in the main bar/restaurant area which was nice to catch up with family and friends finally. The food was pretty good, not a la carte, which seems typical in these areas but still delicious.
We didn't feel as comfortable with the staff here but since it is a bigger lodge vs the intimate camp setting, I understand the difference. We liked the Plantation Lodge for the 2 nights we were there but we wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer.
Our room was secluded and gorgeous. Another large bathroom, with a huge hot shower. This place did not provide a blow dryer or laundry service.
We made friends with the resident cats here as well, always a treat!" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 6n in Seychelles; 2n in Kenya
They even upgraded our room! The location was perfect to see the Crater and Lake and then head out to another destination.
5 stars!" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Great place to stay after long journey"
The welcome, accommodation, grounds, food and service were outstanding: more than worth the long bumpy access track from the main road. The Lodge greatly exceeded our expectations. It is well placed for access to Ngorogoro and Lake Manyara though obvously not as close as the larger lodges on the rim." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"Plantation Lodge review"
As we climbed the steps it was like we had suddenly entered a different world, something like Eden. There was beautifully coloured flowers, manicured lawns, everything was so clean and pristine. The booking in procedures went well so we were taken to our Lodges. They were absolutely suburb. A million miles away from the Tented Camp experience, you might say, we were transported back to a five star hotel.
Not everything went well - my wife and I had some food preferences which were generally taken care of but not all.
Our first evening's experience at dinner was not good, the staff were not very talkative and we were made to feel that we had done something wrong. We did not even get our booked morning call with tea/coffee the following morning, good job we are not people who "sleep-in".
We mentioned these problems to our guide who must have spoken to the Management as the next evening meal was very different, same staff, but a whole new attitude. Plantation Lodge is a beautiful place but more like staying at a posh hotel rather than the personal unique way the Tented Lodge treat you, but nevertheless, an excellent comparison between our stays." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 1n in Kenya
"Great location but not so the service"
Our driver had a word and the service was better on the second night but overall the experience was not as good as Lemala Manyara.
" See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 1n in Kenya
"Glorious Plantation Lodge!"
Take the opportunity to visit Oldupai Gorge on the way from Serengeti to Ngorongoro as it is an incredible bit of human history, thanks to the Leaky's, and is still a functioning archeaological site.
As far as Ngorongoro Crater, it has to be one of the most beautiful and magic places on earth. We were so fortunate to see several of the now rare rhino as well as a group of hyenas. Wait till you see the tusks on these magnificent elephants. So very special driving around the crater but you must stay on the circular road for viewing." See all these reviews: 5n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda; 2n in Zanzibar
"Plantation Lodge review"
They were so very kind.
Also the rooms were fantastic!" See all these reviews: 4n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar
"Plantation Lodge review"
The accommodation was great - very spacious and comfortable but the little things were overlooked like no normal tea bags and bath soap/lotion containers virtually empty.
The person appointed to look after us was very helpful by contrast to the people at reception who were nonchalant." See all these reviews: 5n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
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