About Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Children’s Home, Tanzania – Ngorogoro Crater Luxury Safari
Quietly tucked away on top of a hill in authentic rural Africa and in the heart of the Northern Tanzanian safari circuit, Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge breathes the atmosphere of true Africa. With fifteen individual tents surrounded by the Ngorongoro Crater forest and overlooking the valley, the lodge offers an intimate charm and personal touch.
The lodge is built with indigenous hardwood and in 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.
Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda and a bathroom with hot and cold running water, shower and flush toilet. There are double, twin, single, and family tents available.
From dawn till dusk the big veranda all around the lodge offers you lots of “room with a view.” Our 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. Rhotia Valley’s experienced chefs use the very best and only fresh products. Most of the vegetables and all herbs are grown in our own vegetable garden.
Rhotia Valley’s Tented Lodge provides western comfort in an African way with a touch of luxury. With only fifteen en-suite tented houses, it offers intimate charm and personal service. The lodge minimizes the impact to the natural environment and provides guests an experience based on the local culture.
Getting to Rhotia Valley
Nearest International Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Travel Directions from Airport: Travel via Arusha to Karatu. Before Karatu, turn right in Rhotia Village and follow signs to the lodge.
Sustainable Development and Ecotourism at Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Rhotia Valley is more than just a lodge. On the opposite hill, twenty-five children are given a second chance at our Children’s Home. Twenty-five children who have lost their parents, coped with HIV/AIDS and malnourishment are attending school and re-building their future.
Rhotia Valley contributes to socially green travel in the following ways:
- Guests contribute directly to the wellbeing of the children of the adjacent Children’s Home. 20% of the revenue from the lodge is directly used for the operating costs of the children’s home (food, fuel and staff). The children’s home helps orphans from the surrounding area. The children’s home staff is also from the surrounding area, so they raise the children with respect for the children’s own culture.
- 90% of the staff employed are from the nearby village/ area. They get a good salary ,and daily life needs are covered by Rhotia Valley, such as clothes, phones, accommodation and food. Their pension and maternity leave are also taken care of. The staff uses their salary for personal needs and to help their families, so the direct community around Rhotia Valley also benefits from their salaries.
- Local businesses are supported because Rhotia Valley shops locally. Wheat, vegetables, fruit, meat, coffee, honey and more are all bought within 20 km from the lodge.
- All materials that were used to build the lodge and children’s home were from Tanzania, and 90% of this was local.
- The schools in the community are supported in different ways. One school is completely renovated with help from Rhotia Valley, 2 schools are provided with schoolbooks, and Rhotia Valley started a laptop project at one of the schools. Rhotia Valley is always in contact with the school management about improvement of the quality of education.
- In the forest (7 km from the lodge and the village) is a natural water source. Rhotia Valley renewed 3 km of the pipeline and maintains the line and the pump.
- Rhotia Valley respects the local culture, habits, religion and language of the tribe in Rhotia.
- Local children and staff are educated in modern techniques which can help them today and in the future to sustain their natural environment. The education is about bio-gas, solar, gardening, milk cows, and the use of fertilizer from cow dung after biogas fermentation.
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