From its hilltop setting Bashay Rift Lodge has wonderful views of the surrounding farmland. This is a rural area where you can enjoy the pace of country life and have a break from your safari, although it is possible to venture out into the Ngorongoro Crater for game drives if you wish. The lodge is set in 35 hectares of grounds with vegetable gardens, coffee plantations, bee hives and a flock of egg laying hens, and you're welcome to take a tour or wander the grounds at your leisure. You can also explore by bike, visit a local Irawq village and meet the Hadzabe hunter gatherers on a day trip to Lake Eyasi.
The lodge and its gardens offer plenty of options for rest and relaxation. The central area, known as the 'Main', has an inviting lounge and bar, both with open fires, and a wide terrace where you can watch some superb sunsets. A path leads across the lawn to the swimming pool, very welcome after time spent out and about, and for a special treat you can avail yourself of the in-house massage service. Meals use much of the lodge's own produce including vegetables, eggs and honey, and are served in the dining room.
Bashay Rift Lodge has several types of room, suitable for couples, groups of friends, families and individual travellers. All are en-suite with hot and cold running water. Some feature private lounge and dining areas and some have their own terraces.
Open: Bashay Rift Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is located at the top of Umbwe Hill in the Karatu area, about a half hour drive from the Ngorongoro Crater, and close to Bashay village. It is set in 35 hectares of land.
Rooms: There are several styles of accommodation, all en-suite with full running water: 5 cosy cottages some with terraces, a family cottage with 2 bedrooms and a shared lounge, the garden house with 4 bedrooms, a lounge and dining area, acacia house with 6 bedrooms and a large living area, 2 secluded rooms in the coffee house, and 2 spacious suites by the pool each with a private terrace.
Activities: Walking in the lodge grounds, farm tours, mountain biking, visits to local Irawq tribe villages and schools, game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater and a day trip to Lake Eyasi to visit the Hadzabe hunter-gathering tribe can all be enjoyed here.
Facilities: The ‘Main’ is the central building where you’ll find the restaurant, lounge and bar, each area with its own fireplace. There’s a large terrace. The lodge has an outdoor swimming pool in a warm and sunny location in the garden. There are changing rooms, toilets and showers here. There is a large kitchen garden, and the property includes 2 hectares of coffee plants, several bee hives and egg-laying hens. The lodge offers a massage service. There is a laundry service. The lodge has a gift shop.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the Main and some houses and both suites have areas for private dining.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access but this can be unreliable.
"Very welcoming after a long journey. The swimming pool is very nice and clean with a wonderful view. Our lodge also had a stunning view from the verandah. Appetising, well cooked food, with the vegetables sourced from their garden."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499