This is not a place to come for luxury, but it offers good value for money, a great location, and a means of supporting the local community.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is located just outside the small town of Karatu in Northern Tanzania.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The lodge is simple but friendly. The main area is a combination of brick and thatch and consists of a cosy lounge and dining room, as well as an outside bar. Guests are housed in 15 permanent tents with thatch roofs and private bathrooms.
It is just north of the main road to Ngorongoro so is conveniently placed for exploring the area. Guests can walk through the nearby fields and learn about the local plants, as well as hike with a professional ranger through the forests of the Ngorongoro.
The lodge sits on a hill overlooking the surrounding farmland, which was opened in 2008 specifically to benefit the local community and is closely affiliated with the children's home perched on an adjacent hill. Any money made at the lodge goes directly to the orphanage and guests can visit the children's home and school.