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Romance and Luxury at The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

High on a hill overlooking the Shangri-La Coffee Estate on the rolling hills south of Ngorongoro Crater sits a grand manor. The Manor at Ngorongoro combines old world grandeur with a homey feel that made us feel more like we were visiting with old friends than at a hotel. Though most guests will use The Manor as a base to eat and sleep while driving into Ngorongoro Crater as their main activity during the day, we think the lovely estates warrants a longer visit.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Greeted with a lawn picnic

The elegant manor prides itself on its friendliness and service. That was evident immediately as we climbed out of the Land Cruiser and were greeted with refreshing tools before being escorted to a picnic on the lawn with local cheese, meats, vegetables from the manor’s very own garden, and refreshing glasses of lemonade. The snacks hit the spot after our flight from Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park to Manyara Airstrip and the long drive up to the Manor due to an afternoon rain. By the time we’d finished, our butler had already transferred our bags to our cottage and we had nothing to do but relax after a busy morning wildlife spotting in Tarangire.

The Cottages

Suite at The Manor at Ngorongoro

Our suite

The 10 luxurious cottages each have two suites in each cottage with an upscale farmhouse feel. We loved the central fireplace that you could enjoy from the living room or while laying in bed. The bathroom has heated floors, which are a treat for your feet, separate rain shower and pedestal bath that would gloriously be drawn when we returned from dusty game drives. While the main Manor House does serve tea, coffee and drinks, we could also relax in our cottage or on our patio with tea, coffee, and whiskey right in the comfort of our own cottage. We practically didn’t want to leave!

The Main Manor House

The Manor at Ngorongoro

The main Manor House

The main Manor House is equally as inviting, with tasteful decor and amenities to keep guests entertained. There are plenty of places in the main house to steal away for a bit of privacy and numerous fireplaces to curl up in front of. Even in Tanzania’s hottest months, the nights are cool and a crackling fire is lovely.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Billiards and a cinema are just some of the amenities in the Main House

If you’re looking for little more to do than compare game drives with the other guests over appetizers and drinks, head to the billiards or movie rooms downstairs. You can even have a wine tasting in the wine cellar. Or leave the men to the billiards and movies and head to The Manor’s on-site spa for a little pampering.

The Grounds

The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor’s pool and spa

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Bambi comes to say hello as we visit the stables

There’s plenty to do outdoors too. With on-site stables, you can arrange a horseback ride or a bike ride. There’s also lawn games like croquet or lounge around the gorgeous pool.

The Manor at NgorongoroWith the Adirondack chairs overlooking the rolling plantation and pastures where the Manor’s own horses graze beckoning you to curl up with a good book, you can’t help but want to spend time on the lovely grounds. The view was so lovely that on our final day at The Manor, we opted to skip the game drive to Lake Manyara and enjoy lunch on the lawn looking out to the plantation.

The Food

We ate well on our entire SkySafari, but The Manor is faced with far less challenges with supply deliveries and because big game wildlife don’t wander the grounds, they even have their very own herb and vegetable gardens. We had our favorite meals at The Manor, including a surprise dinner especially created for us because the staff had got word that we were celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary.

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Our anniversary dinner

We were treated to a private table in our own romantic room of the main Manor House decorated with candles and rose petals. We enjoyed prawns, carpaccio right from The Manor’s farm, and lamb with vegetables right from the garden. We enjoyed a delicious bottle of South African red wine and were presented with a cake specially made and decorated for us.

Breakfast is a la carte choices and I highly recommend the eggs benedict with cheese from the farm. A picnic lunch is sent with you on game drive days and was an impressive spread of pasta salad, roasted chicken, cucumber salad, and dessert. If you opt to stay at The Manor, you’ll have your choice from the day’s lunch menu and to dine outside on the lawn.

We definitely enjoyed our time at The Manor at Ngorongoro and were extremely sad to leave. It felt as though the staff had become old friends in just a few days time.

Win your own SkySafari! Want to glamp around Tanzania in style just like us? Enter to win an all-inclusive 8-day SkySafari by Elewana by entering here.

Disclosure: Our trip to Tanzania was hosted by SkySafari by Elewana in order for us to bring you this story. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Angela Travels

    Looks like an amazing place to stay as a couple. I would love to sit and relax in the Adirondack chairs or even do some horseback riding!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    There are a few family cottages too and on our first night a family was also staying there. But The Manor is definitely a romantic place for couples. I also totally see a girls getaway safari where you could relax at the spa with girlfriends between game drives.

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  2. Sand In My Suitcase

    A rest break while in Africa on safari is a good idea to recharge. The Manor looks ideal! After our South African safari, we headed to The Royal Livingstone in Victoria Falls for a few days before flying to Lower Zambezi National Park for our Zambian safari.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Our safari was nearly two weeks long and we stayed at The Manor about half-way through. It really was the perfect spot to recharge and we loved having that option to take a break from game drives to sleep in and relax.

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  3. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I went to Selous Tanzania for my honeymoon and I dream of returning to Tanzania one day and seeing Ngorongoro Serengeti etc – this manor looks just so beautiful and your anniversary dinner must have been delicious!!

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