Plantation Lodge

Karatu, Tanzania

Plantation Lodge

Plantation Lodge is a charming, privately-owned guest house set on a working coffee farm just outside Karatu, a short drive from Lake Manyara and the Crater Highlands.

Plantation Lodge is set on a working coffee and arable farm just outside Karatu and only a short drive from Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. With only 23 rooms, this small, privately-owned lodge has the intimate character of a well-managed guest house.

Plantation Lodge is one of our favourite places to stay in the Ngorongoro Highlands. There are a number of similar guesthouses in the Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro region, but Plantation Lodge has good claim to being the best, thanks to its beautiful gardens, immaculate presentation, and lovely guest rooms. It has an excellent swimming pool and it is among the most comfortable, welcoming lodges in the region.

Plantation Lodge's owners, Renate and Udo Marahens, have been resident in the Karatu region for many years, and clearly put a great deal of effort into the day to day running of their lodge. They are closely involved with the local community, and employ all of their staff locally.


The rooms at Plantation Lodge are beautifully appointed and feature full-size beds – a welcome respite after a dusty safari! Each room has its own verandah and bathroom, and is decorated in an understated style with local handicrafts.


Enjoy European specialties or more exotic local fare from the suaheli-kitchen. Most ingredients are taken fresh from the lodge garden.


- Guided walks through the gardens and coffee plantation
- Nearby attractions of Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara National Parks
- Enjoy a dip in the lovely swimming pool

Child Policy

Plantation Lodge accepts children of all ages.