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Built in harmony, with its surrounding this community minded lodge is well-located for visits to the nearby Ngorongoro Crater.

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The charming Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge was built in 2007 as part of the “Rhotia Valley Project” to support the local community. Its 15 tented rooms are perched on a hill in Rhotia near to the town of Karatu, the lodge has breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro forest, nearby villages and the terraced fields of the local farmers.

Occupying a quiet corner of Tanzania, you would be forgiven in forgetting that its position is key on the popular northern Tanzania safari circuit. It can be used a base for those exploring Lake Manyara or the Ngorongoro Crater both of which are only around 30 minutes away. Guests will normally visit Rhotia Valley with their own guide as part of a tailor-made private driven safari though northern Tanzania’s famous parks and as such travelling north it is ideal for those heading north coming from Manyara or Tarangire and then using it is a base to visit the Ngorongoro Crater.

The lodge was built alongside Rhotia Valley Children’s Home, which aims to provide a safe and caring home for orphans from the local community. It also provides employment to the local community through the lodge, a farm, bakery and a coffee shop called Coffee Corner. Guest are welcome to visit these projects as well as meeting the children resident at the Children’s Home or even go back to school with a visit to a local school.

Because of everything that Rhotia Valley offers beyond just a base to visit the crater to recommend two or even three nights here.

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The camp

Rhotia Valley’s 15 permanent tents aim to be rustic and raw. The canvas structures are built on raised wooden decks and suspended under a thatched roof, they compromise a number of different layouts, including doubles, twins, triples, a honeymoon tent and a family unit. The rooms have comfortable beds, a desk and chair, as well as chair on each tents private verdandah and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and constant hot water. Given that the lodge is located at an altitude of 1,700m it can get chilly, especially during winter so guests are provided with warm blankets and hot water bottles.

Although the lodge has the ethos of functional simplicity in the main area you will still find a glittering swimming pool, a welcome treat after a day in the car on safari, a terrace bar and comfortable lounge and dining room complete with roaring open fires.

The lodge is surrounded by forests and farmland and walks can be arranged to explore this  on foot, for those who really want to tick off some miles it is possible to do a full day walk from the crater rim through the forested crater descent back to the lodge, a walk of around 6 hours.


Facilities at Rhotia Valley include a swimming pool and terrace bar with far reaching views over the beautiful scenery. Guests also have the chance to visit the farm, bakery and coffee shop attributed to the lodge which provide much needed employment opportunities to local villages.


The menu at Rhotia Valley includes ingredients picked directly from the farm on site, this includes two herb and vegetable gardens and some livestock which fuel the bakery and cheese dairy.

Why Wayfairer

Having won various awards over the years such as the “Best Community Focused Property in Tanzania” visitors to Rhotia Valley will notice instantly the strong responsible and sustainable ethics of the lodge. To mention just a few of the initiatives in places; 90% of the members staff at the lodge, farm, bakery and coffee shop come from the local community, 20% of the nightly rate you pay to stay at the lodge goes directly to the children’s home and the also lodge aims to adhere to the 10 principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. This is a road map for responsible tourism development implemented by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


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