Just off the main road from Lake Manyara Airstrip to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area entrance, Kitela Lodge is about a 45 minute drive from the park itself in rolling hills. As with the nearby Gibb’s Farm, the view is very much the star of the show from the main areas, looking west to the rise of the Ngorongoro Crater.
The 20 detached suites are all located in the property gardens and look out to the rolling view with varied levels of success. The main are really is the focus for the property with a central courtyard and vast verandah that looks out to the view and over the swimming pool a level down. On the whole it has been well thought out and, even for the less mobile, is easy to navigate.
The rooms are simple but feature everything that you would expect, with large beds, balcony to the view and comfortable seating areas. For the price, we think that this property will fast become a favourite with those on a tighter budget.
As with many properties in the Ngorongoro Highlands, Kitela farms much of the produce that is consumed itself and so the activities are loosely arranged around visiting the farm and learning how things are managed and run generally. On top of this it is also possible to walk with some of the local Masai.
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