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The Retreat at Ngorongoro

1 Tloma Area, Karatu Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 16/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 66 Speciality lodging in Karatu
Travellers' Choice
The Retreat at Ngorongoro is a meticulously bird themed lodge set within 30 acres of land with clear emphasis on nature and birdlife in the area. As you walk around the lodge, you will be amazed at how nature has been integrated into this development. Due consideration has been made to ensure that space, privacy and close to nature experience is enhanced.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Infinity pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycle tours
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Dining area
Electric kettle
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Languages Spoken
English, Malay, Swahili
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JOVITHA N wrote a review Yesterday
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Amazing place! great location! staff are amazing and so helpful and the facilities are just brilliant! I arrived as part of a safari tour and unfortunately only booked in for one night- if I had a choice again I would’ve booked it for longer stay to just enjoy the tranquility and positive vibe it had! The Retreat is beautiful - the cottages as well as the grounds! I’m sorry I can’t remember all the staffs names but each of them were amazing and always smiling! thanks for a great stay
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
David W wrote a review Yesterday
8 contributions
One of the top two lodges in our trip to Tanzania! The Retreat at Ngorongoro is a sure value! We rested well here (great matresses and bedding), enjoyed all the lodges facilities swimming pool, gym, terrace fireplace, table tennis, pool, ate great food, wonderful drinks and long walks in the ever so beautiful landscaped gardens! The lounger on the deck in the front of each cottage was perfect for an afternoon nap!Very relaxing stay!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Amazing facilities and lodge
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Tristan G wrote a review 25 Oct
2 contributions
Amazing! This place is just 2hours from Arusha and so Lush. The otherwise dry surrounding areas leading up to the lodge makes this place magical. When the get open.... it's like you enter a different world! Then welcomed with cold fresh juice and you are ready to the terrace that overlooks what appears to be "another world" The retreat world.... "OMG" is all we kept whispering as we were awestruck at the beauty of this place! There is nothing negative about this place and so happy we took on the special offers it has, stayed three nights added a visit to Ngorongoro crater which was awesome!! The parked lunch was fantastic and varied with fresh fruit from the property. The dining experience was full-on! Tasty food and great service! Hats-off to the team there you deserve to be 7*!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
philaveller wrote a review 24 Oct
Kilchberg, Switzerland144 contributions48 helpful votes
We loved this lodge. Beautiful setting within their own fruit and veggie garden. It feels like paradise. Everything is looked after with great passion. Bungalows are big and clean. Food in the restaurant is great. They mainly use whatever is fresh from the garden. Drinks are excellent. Nice and big pool and table-tennis and pool table to spend time with the kids. Any time again, also due to the friendly staff. Ask for a garden tour, they will show you around!!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Priscila wrote a review 18 Oct
Tanzania8 contributions
The Retreat at Ngorongoro is a place that makes you feel calm and allows you to disconnect yourself from the real world. The rooms and the environment are fantastic, the food is delicious and the service is always excellent. I have been there three times and I am already looking forward to my next visit!
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Date of stay: October 2021
Sleep Quality
US$507 - US$570 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaArusha RegionKaratu
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Retreat at Ngorongoro
Which popular attractions are close to The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Nearby attractions include Elius vincent (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lilac Café, Happy Days Lounge & Lodge, and Rhotia Valley's Coffee Corner.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and an infinity pool during their stay.
Does The Retreat at Ngorongoro have airport transportation?
Yes, The Retreat at Ngorongoro offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Retreat at Ngorongoro offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Retreat at Ngorongoro?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Malay, and Swahili.