Rhotia Valley Tented Camp is quietly tucked away on top of a hill, in authentic rural Africa and at the same time is located halfway between the Rift Valley Escarpment and Ngorongoro Crater. It is the perfect base for the start of your safari. It is only half an hour’s drive to the gate of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area or to the gate of Lake Manyara National Park.

The lodge offers breathtaking views of the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area forest, nearby villages and the terraced fields of the local farmers, within the background Lake Manyara. At night the twinkling lights of Karatu town can be seen in the distance, in the morning you can enjoy the sun rising over Mount Meru and with some luck even over Mount Kilimanjaro.

The lodge is built using indigenous hardwood and in a traditional African style. It is in complete harmony with its surroundings. Yet, its spacious set up, personal and friendly service and its finishing touches, such as cosy sofas around the fireplace and warm decorative details, provide a perfectly balanced luxury.

Children’s Home
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge also has a children’s home located on the hill adjacent to the lodge. The staff will be happy to show you the grounds and you can meet the wonderful children, join in their soccer match or maybe help them with their homework. A percentage of the proceeds from the tented camp are used to maintain and run the children’s home. Donations are always welcome!

With only fifteen individual tents, Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge has an intimate charm. Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda and a bathroom with hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet.

Public Areas
From dawn till dusk the big veranda all around the lodge offers you lots of “room with a view”. The veranda bar is fully stocked and in the open dining area wonderful meals are served at your table. Of course any dietary wishes can be taken into account with advance notice. Rhotia Valley’s experienced chefs use the very best and only fresh products. Most of the vegetables and all herbs are grown in their own vegetable garden.

Sunset makes your afternoon tea, your sundowners and romantic dinner on the wooden veranda even more special. Quite often baboons and waterbucks can be seen in the daytime.

Swimming Pool
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge have a new swimming pool that has views over the surrounding forest and farm land.


  • Relax in your room or by the swimming pool
  • Take a guided Cultural Walk
  • Mountain Biking
  • Forest walk with NCA professional ranger
  • Visit the Children’s Home