We leave the airport for our almost 5 hour drive to Plantation Lodge (would have been shorter but the President was visiting Arusha that day so the main roads were closed – pic below). The countryside is stunning – reminds us of Tuscany (no kidding). Intensely cultivated – nice people – safe.
Of course the Plantation Lodge is wonderful – it’s a Liz booking.
Liz here – thank you Richard – we are booked at Plantation Lodge for 4 nights, from where we will travel to see Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater as day trips. It is an unusually long booking – which I’ve intentionally done as we prefer not to move hotels every day and are happy to drive up to 90 minutes to sight see to avoid changing hotels. But it does have people scratching their heads – from the original travel agent to Felix to the check in staff - “4 nights?” they confirm. It was absolutely the right choice for us as we settled in and really enjoyed the Lodge and its staff. Back to Richard!
They upgraded us to a suite (4 nights!) – there are wonderful flower gardens and a fabulous kitchen garden. The head gardener Bryson takes us on a tour and we see the vegetables we’ll eat that night being picked. They also have a flock of free range turkeys – kept hoping for turkey on the menu. Food and service are very good and it’s our headquarters for the next 4 days from which we’ll visit Lake Manyara, the Crater and a countryside tour.
Reception building, with dining room and great bar
View from bar
Onions hanging to dry in the Kitchen Garden
Pics of our Suite – the Blue Mountain
And lunch on the patio