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THE PLANTATION LODGE
The Plantation Lodge is located on landscaped grounds spanning a total of ten hectares. All rooms and suites within the owner-run lodge are unique and have been furnished with great attention to detail. The excellent restaurant regales guests with choice fare every evening. After a safari, there are many ways of seeing out the day in a relaxed manner: bathing in the pool, indulging in a massage, going for a walk in the garden or enjoying a sundowner on the bar’s terrace.
The Plantation Lodge is situated at a height of 1,600 meters, near the town of Karatu. The most scenic national parks in the country are easily accessible from here.
Distances from The Plantation Lodge to the national parks:
Entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
approx. 12 km
Lake Manyara National Park:
approx. 35 km
Tarangire National Park:
approx. 115 km
approx. 135 km
GPS coordinates of the Plantation Lodge:
3˚ 19.654’ S; 35˚ 38.155’ E
It takes approximately 3½ hours to reach The Plantation Lodge from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Lake Manyara Airport, the nearest local airport, is 20 minutes away by car. Regular flights also depart from here to Dar Es Salaam (via Arusha) and to the Serengeti.
NUMBER OF ROOMS SUITES
Standard rooms: 15
Family units (with two bedrooms): 1
Family suites (with two bedrooms): 1
Provided upon enquiry
No one room is like another. The rooms at The Plantation Lodge are individually designed and vary in size.
All rooms are equipped with:
Naturally lit bathrooms with shower and/or bath tub, hair dryer, bath robe(s), toiletries
Veranda or terrace with a view of the garden
Windows protecting against the ingress of insects
Kettle, selection of teas and coffees
RESTAURANT AND BAR
The restaurant offers a four-course menu every evening. Fruit, vegetables and salad are grown on the premises or are sourced from local suppliers, as is the meat. The bar, with its wine cellar and large terraced area, is a popular haunt.
AMENITIES AND SERVICES
Free WLAN internet access
Pool with chaises longues and towels
Afternoon tea, coffee and cake
All major credit cards are accepted.
Tanzania is a tropical holiday destination with warm to hot temperatures prevailing all year round. Regions at higher altitudes, such as the environs of The Plantation Lodge, have a temperate climate. In the winter months – from May through September – temperatures here reach 24°C; night-time temperatures can drop to 8°C. During the summer months – from October through April – temperatures fluctuate between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Animal sightings are possible throughout the year. However, during the major rainy season in April and May, roads may be unpassable.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PLANTATION LODGE
The German proprietors, Renate and Udo Marahrens, have carried out farming operations – first in West Africa and then in Tanzania – for a number of years. The Plantation Lodge was born when they acquired their first plot of land in Tanzania in 1997. On the grounds of the erstwhile farmstead, they first built Plantation House, which was initially intended for private use and which later served as the first guest room. The lodge has steadily grown over a number of years: the area was expanded, new rooms and suites were added and over a thousand trees were planted in the garden. The modern lodge, replete with its original charm, is popular among guests and tour operators in equal measure. It has been acclaimed numerous times and ranks among the most beautiful safari hotels in East Africa.