Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is located on Tanzania's popular Northern Circuit, between Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. A small, simple lodge, it enjoys a marvellous location on a high hill overlooking a valley.

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is a charming little hillside lodge perched on the upper slopes of the Rhotia Valley, in the Crater Highlands. This is a wonderful location, providing great views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day, as well as easy access to Ngorongoro.

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is positioned on the popular Northern Circuit route, and serves as a comfortable and moderately-priced base for exploring the surrounding area, with both Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater less than a 1 hour drive away.

Rhotia Valley is not a luxury retreat. It's a simple, easy-going lodge, with a relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff, originally founded by a Dutch couple in order to help fund a nearby children's home. Its small size (just fifteen tents) and lovely location make it a great option for those looking for a peaceful setting but not the most lavish service.


There are fifteen tented rooms at Rhotia Valley, built under canvas on the edge of the hilltop with views down into the valley and the Crater Highlands. They are fairly simple rooms, though they enjoy full en-suite facilities including shower units (no bathtubs), flush loos and constant hot running water. The rooms are furnished with large double beds. The colourful decor and fabrics help brighten up what would otherwise be rather dark and drab accommodation.

All of the tents at Rhotia Valley are identical, though some have twin beds in place of doubles.


Tasty home-cooked meals are prepared using fresh produce sourced locally and served in the candlelit dining room.


- Dining room
- Bar
- Verandah
- Swimming pool


- Safari game drives into Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro
- Guided forest walks in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Picnic lunch in Ngorongoro Crater
- Guided walk to Rhotia village
- Mountain biking
- Visit the children's home

Child policy

Rhotia Valley accommodates children of all ages.

Responsible Tourism

Rhotia Lodge was founded specifically to fund a nearby children's home. 20% of the nightly rate goes directly towards the children's home. The entirety of the staff are from the local community.