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Bashay Rift Lodge

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Bashay Rift Lodge


... is located in the Ngorongoro Karatu area of Northern Tanzania.

Upsides ...

This high quality lodge is in an impressive hilltop rural setting and offers very comfortable accommodation, featuring a particularly nice swimming pool. It experiences considerably lower rainfall and cloud cover than those lodges closer to the forest. A stay here can inject a really good change of pace into a safari, a chance to experience real red-road rural Africa, with walking, mountain biking and cultural visits.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are that the lodge is not in the most scenic part of Karatu, it does not have the same authentic farm-stay atmosphere of other properties in the area and is not an ideal base for the Ngorongoro Crater.

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When to visit ...

When it comes to deciding when to visit, safari in this region is highly seasonal, but your choice to dates is more likely to be determined by what is happening out in the reserves than here at Karatu.

However is worth noting that this particular area does experience relatively high rainfall, very much more than the surrounding lowland areas. We therefore tend to deploy fewer nights here during the shoulder and green seasons Nov/May.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

Karatu contains some really attractive accommodation options, the majority of which are situated on beautiful coffee plantations. These places can provide a very welcome change of pace in the middle of a safari, a chance to slow down and appreciate the pleasures of rural Africa.

Bashay Rift Lodge is a really very pleasant lodge, perhaps not quite in our choice of situation in Karatu, but for once we will bow to the greater knowledge and experience of the owners, who have been operating safari in this area since the 1960's. It also does not have quite the same farmhouse atmosphere as the gorgeous Gibbs Farm, but it often works out considerably lower cost and, in some ways, is an even better place to slow down and relax.

The pool is a notable high ... we have found ourselves uncharacteristically and relaxing on a sunlounger up here, enjoying the sunshine whilst the lodges closer to Ngorongoro area were under heavy cloud. We have also always been really impressed by the staff here at Bashay ... relaxed, friendly and competent.

Usual stay duration 2 to 4 nights.

The majority of visitors combine nights in Karatu with surrounding areas such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara to make a safari of 5 to 14 nights.

These safaris are sometimes combined with further safari in Ruaha, Selous, Katavi and Mahale, as well as treks on Mount Kilimanjaro. They are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast, especially on the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or Fanjove.

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