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Bashay Rift Lodge


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

Upsides ...

Bashay Rift Lodge is a high quality lodge 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 at Bashay Rift Lodge are that it 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 Bashay Rift Lodge. 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 Bashay Rift 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.

The usual stay duration is 2 to 3 nights.

Related lodges and locations ...

In this Ngorongoro Karatu area we tend to most frequently recommend high quality lodges including Gibbs Farm, Plantation Lodge and Bashay Rift Lodge. For an even more upmarket option there is The Manor at Ngorongoro, whilst for lower budget trips there are options such as Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge.

The majority of visitors combine the Ngorongoro Karatu area with Serengeti safari, Tarangire safari and Lake Manyara safari to make a total of 7 to 14 nights in the region.

Some visitors also combine with options further afield including Kilimanjaro treks in the northeast of the country, Ruaha safari and Selous safari to the south, Katavi safari and Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari out west, Maasai Mara safari over the border in Kenya and Virunga Mountains gorilla safari over in Rwanda.

These mainland areas are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast, especially on Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island, Mafia Island or Fanjove Island, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.

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