KIFARU LODGE KARATU – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Kifaru lodge is a mid- range accommodation found nearby karatu town, 40 minutes’ drive from Ngorongoro crater in Northern Tanzania. The lodge is surrounded by coffee farm giving fantastic views of the valleys below and coffee field. The lodge is in an ideal base for tourists /travellers who want to visit Ngorongoro crater, karatu areas and lake Manyara national park with its beautiful views. One can be at the lodge by road transport from Arusha international airport since it’s the gateway destination to different parks while from international countries like Canada, USA, dubai , quata etc. it takes approximately 3-4 hours drive on tarmac road from Arusha to the lodge through mayukuni and karatu and 45 minutes to fly to the close lake Manyara airstrip then few minutes to be transferred to the lodge to thrill while on Wildlife Safari Uganda.
Kifaru lodge consist of over 10 spacious and comfortable rooms found in 3 separate houses that are built in traditional African style with local wood and grass thatched roofs and local woods. Rooms are well decorated and furnished with private en suite facilities of flushing toilets, separate hot and cold showers, mosquito nets, comfortable tropical wooden beds with clean and washed beddings, free bottled water, free toiletries, slippers mention but few. Rooms have private balconies, verandas and sitting areas, you relax while enjoying the stunning view over the valley, coffee field, Ngorongoro national park and surrounding area. There are cracking campfires and at the lodge where guests relax and share experiences about the safari, it also provides warmth to visitors in the nights. Rooms are in different sizes of single, double, twin and triple/family rooms and rooms cost 200$ per night and above sometimes the rate goes slightly high during high/peak season than in Low season.
Kifaru lodge offers more services and facilities which include;
A restaurant that serves different meals both international and African- inspired meals that meets guests choice ; Continental breakfast ,lunch and dinner serve by well trained, friendly and organized staff ,they offer meals in any place of your choice, veranda or dining area overlooking the valley.
A well -stocked bar/lounge with variety of drinks , local ,cocktail , wines, spirits and international beers, you relax and sip the cocktail or monk tail while overlooking the stunning view and surrounding area , solar energy available.
A swimming pool that cools off the hot afternoon with a poolside bar that winds up the evening as you enjoy the breezes while sipping the cocktail , Free parking space available, offers airport pick -ups and drop-offs, Laundry and house- keeping services available , bottled water available.
WIFI internet available at the camp that enables visitors to keep in touch with their families and friends, children’s playground available Camping facilities available, the lodge offers honey moon package, business center with meeting places for corporate function.
Ngorongoro crater is found in the Northern part of Tanzania close to Ngorongoro conservation area in the great rift valley covering the total area of 8,292km and its 3 million years old . The crater is the best place in East Africa with beautiful breathtaking Views. There are different attractions in the park which include; wild beast migration from Serengeti , Ngorongoro crater, Salei Plains and Ol karien Gorge, Variety flora and Fauna, stunning scenery and many more attractions. The park has different categories of accommodation like; Budget , Mid range and luxury accommodation that are convenient and affordable to guests visiting the area. The park contains short grasses with more high lands and other beautiful volcanoes. The area have over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros and over 100 number of lions, 7,000 wild beasts, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles . The park has different animal including the big five mammals of the world ; lion ,Buffaloes, elephant, leopards ,Rhinos, zebras , implalas , antelopes and different bird species. There are more different activities to do while in the Park which include ; Game viewing at crater and lake Eyasi view point to different animals migrating, Crater viewing, Cultural visits in the local village, Hiking the Gol Mountains in the remote areas of the park, Crater Rim Nature walks, Bird watching in the park, Visiting archaeological like oldivai gorge museum and many other activities . The Park gives stunning view of the Ngorongoro Crater since it’s the largest caldera in the world and the surrounding areas. There are more masaai mara pastoralists in Ngorongoro park . its 80$ per person entering Ngorongoro park . June –july and late January and February are the best month to travel in Tanzania for a safari especially Ngorongoro side