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Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
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Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge


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

Upsides ...

This reasonable quality rural lodge is set in a nice elevated position amongst farmland. It is a very uncommercial philanthropic venture whose profits go directly to the related children's home, a project very much worthy of our support. 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 relatively simple and offers only modest hospitality for relatively high prices. Guests definitely need to be bought into the charity side. Also it is not an ideal base from which to visit 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.

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is one of the most morally pure facilities in the country. If ever you wanted an example of the immediate positive impact that tourism can have, then just take the tour and enjoy the smiles on the faces of the gorgeous children, none of whom would be where they are today without the support of the guests here.

There are plenty of little holes we could pick with the lodge itself, but that would be to utterly miss the point. You should find yourself easily able to overlook any shortcomings. Rarely have we found somewhere so worthy of support.

Usual stay duration is 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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