Bashay Rift Lodge

Bashay Rift Lodge is situated in the Karatu area, just south of Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. Set on top of a hill, this recently opened property (2010) offers its guests fantastic views of the surrounding open farmland below.

Guests can relax in the cosy lounge or bar or watch the sun go down from the large and impressive terraces facing west towards Oldeani Mountain and Lake Eyasi.

Fine cuisine including fresh produce from their very own garden is served in the dining room at Bashay Rift Lodge. The 3 large fire-places bring an additional “I had a farm in Africa” feeling.

There are 2 room types, the first of which is set within either the 4 roomed White House or 6 roomed Brown House, each of which has a shared lounge. There are also individual rooms scattered across the hillside. All have en suite facilities.

The Suite rooms are very spacious with a private terrace with amazing views. Breakfast and dinner can be served on your private terrace, perfect for Honeymooners or for our guests who just want to indulge themselves a little more privacy during their safari

The public areas at Bashay Rift Lodge have a stylish lounge and dining area and there is also a swimming pool for cooling off after a hard days game viewing.

For more information contact Christine MacDougall and enquire now.


  1. Kathy and Richard


    The location is great, with wonderful views from our room across a valley over farmland to distant hills. The swimming pool was very pleasant. The lodge building was beautifully furnished, service was excellent and the breakfast and evening meal were good. The birdlife in the Lodge gardens was wonderful.

    However, the room itself was slightly scruffy and had no drawers or wardrobe; and the black floor marked our feet/socks. The one packed lunch from this lodge was a bit disappointing.

    We were provided with a full three course lunch just before we left for Manyara airfield but due to the timings this was at 11:30. Having had a substantial breakfast only a couple of hours before – something much lighter would have been better.

  2. David and Christine


    Lovely lodge and facilities with that view across to the distant hills and farmland below.

    I can see the benefit of staying more than one night to enjoy all that was on offer but we have to confess it was a bit like a normal holiday in a hotel with excursions. That was not what we wanted so although no problem with Bashay we preferred the tents.
    This was the only place that seemed unwilling to vary the menu for me.

  3. Phil and Bev


    Accommodation lovely
    Location beautiful, lovely gardens
    Service – very friendly staff, good Masai dancing
    Cuisine – good and good choice

    Overall – 9/10

  4. Pauline and Dermot


    What can one say?? Amazing???? Room was fantastic and very clean, views unbelievable!
    Location off the beaten track but all the better for it.
    Beautiful manicured gardens (not a blade of grass out of place!).
    Again arrived late afternoon, so not enough time to really explore or just sit and enjoy the views.
    Food was disappointing, must have been chef’s night off!
    Only place where I felt I had to get “poshed up” for dinner i.e. even clean safari clothes would not be enough, specially if there were other people around.
    Service was fine, but personally thought the whole place was a bit pretentious, although that said, I would go back there just for the views & the room even though atmosphere wise it is at the bottom of our list.
    The only place we have ever been where you have 2 toilets in the suite!
    (must be posh!)

  5. Atkinson Family


    Food was very good. Packed lunch was good. The second time we visited we had African food, which again was very good. Location is good.

  6. Eric and Sally


    Very nice hotel with bungalow type accommodation. Being on a ridge, room could be noisy if it was windy. Close enough to the crater to warrant a 6am start. There for three nights. On ‘free’ day went into Karatu with driver for wander round-very interesting. Food was good but no choice and no menu; main courses tended to be red meat based. A couple of minor points. One there is no shade round the swimming pool during the day, which is a shame because it is a nice pool. Secondly, hotel is owned by MKSC (I think) and most people only seem to spend one night there giving it a transient feeling.

  7. Anne-Lise & Gregoire


    Very good accommodation too. The view from the room was truly amazing. We had room number 2 which was very spacious, quiet and comfortable.

    The food was excellent and the service was nice. We enjoyed a dive in the swimming pool on the first night and the view from there was stunning.

    It was also good that it was located between the Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro parks as it made the journeys shorter.

  8. Kathy


    Lovely lodge, with individually styled bungalows and amazing views. Our room (no 4) was huge and beautifully furnished and the bathroom was as big as some bedrooms in other countries! We even had our own courtyard. We enjoyed walking round the gardens and spotting many different kinds of birds. The swimming pool was lovely, although the water is not heated. Food at Bashay was delicious and beautifully presented. Only comment is that they provide so much. Fewer courses at lunchtime would be fine! Dinner felt formal. Staff were welcoming.

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