Plantation Lodge

Reviews of Plantation Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 30 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 30 of our travellers who have visited Plantation Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr G & Ms T - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 10-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge review

So helpful staff led by Renata! Moshi and Zubeda welcoming from start. Wonderful suite upgrade and flexible in allowing us to stay an extra night even though lodge full. Sorry to leave.

Food rather bland for our tastes.

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Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Plantation Lodge review

Felt more like an hotel than a safari lodge. Plantation was well run, the staff were friendly and helpful.

We were a little disappointed that we were unable to walk outside the grounds.We toured the grounds and had the chief gardener with us on one occasion to help identify plants and birds. Jacob, our Nomad guide would have had more expertize but we had the impression that the lodge did not wish him to accompany us in the grounds.

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Mrs E - East Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge review

Amazing suite The Zanzibar to which we were upgraded, and a good swimming pool,
Enjoyable dining and excellent picnic food for our day in the Ngorongoro crater. Albert Marshall was an excellent guide and took me on an amazing game drive round the Lake Manyara park in the evening to visit the hot springs there.

Another very enjoyable visit

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Mr P & Ms T - Ottawa
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge review

Peaceful location in a rural setting. Excellent service and food.

A short drive to the gates to Ngorongoro.

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Mr S - California
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge

A gem...

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Mrs & Mrs M - New York
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge Perfect Interlude mid-safari

It was strange to be in a building after seven nights in tents, but the Plantation Lodge was the perfect "interlude" of civilization in the middle of our two-week safari. The grounds and gardens around the lodge are beautiful, the swimming pool is gorgeous, and the main building, restaurant, and bar area, very comfortable and chic, and the food was excellent.

A wonderful place to stay if you're visiting the crater for a day, as we did. Almost wished we had more time to "hang around" and enjoy the place, especially the pool, though it was quite crowded on a sunny afternoon.

Our driver/guide for the crater and Lake Manyara was Mtsongi, a terrific personality with a big voice and great laugh to go along with his skill as a driver and spotter.

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The L family from London
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An oasis of comfort

Having bumped along dusty roads and spent the day game viewing at Lake Manyara, we were delighted to arrive at Plantation Lodge and find the beautiful gardens and lovely buildings. The dining areas and bar were very smart with log fires for the cool evenings. The food and service were very good, and the hotel was happy to serve us a very late lunch after a morning spent in the Ngorongoro Crater (for which they provided a picnic breakfast).

The Lodge was also well positioned for the Ngorongoro Crater, notwithstanding the early start required to beat the queues at the Park entrance and in the Crater itself.

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The H family - Surrey
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge - friendly and convenient

We stayed at Plantation lodge for two nights (our first and third nights of the trip) and found it excellent. Our first nights stay was in the main lodge area and the second night we were in the farmhouse which is a little further to walk. The bar was very nice and relaxed, food was fairly average and the dining room was a bit staid and quiet.

We used the pool on the first day when we arrived and it was very nice, but rather cold!

Our packed lunch was excellent, plenty of food and very tasty.

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Mr & Mrs I - York
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Plantation Lodge is a beautiful place

Plantation Lodge was the first port of call on our debut Safari.

A great guide called Njano met us and took us for a hot lunch which was fab after a long flight. We went on our first game drive straight away round Lake Manyara, which was impressive, saw lots of wildlife including elephants everywhere - brilliant!

Plantation Lodge was beautiful, the staff were lovely, very welcoming and the food was excellent.

Our second game drive to the Ngorogoro Crater was just as good as the first day, and I even spotted a cheetah and a serval!

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Mr P - London
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Really good base for Manyara & the Crater

Comfortable rooms, great food & service plus swimming pool make this a really good base - nice to stay in 1 place for 3 nights rather than moving around. Day trip into Lake Manyara National Park - Good gentle safari introduction in this relatively small park.

Half day trip into Ngorongoro Crater - Excellent! Obviously you come prepared for lots of other vehicles but other than immediately you get down into the crater we felt the level of other vehicles was okay.

The natural environment both at the top & down in the crater is stunning - well worth our trip (we actually did a full day in the crater)
Take note - the road into the crater is truly dreadful - given the amount of fees that go to the park authority it really is a disgrace.

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