Probably the best option for those doing a driving circuit in our opinion, good value, lovely rooms set in really nice grounds. The location means that it is a good place to visit both Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. The food is great and the staff are friendly and local.
This is only an option for those doing a driving ciruit with their own driver/guide as Plantation Lodge does not have its own vehicles and guides which is a bit of a shame really. There are a number of plantation style properties in this area but for us this is by far the best.
Its location means that the drive to the Crater is a bit further than some others but for us this can be an advantage for those doing a full circuit meaning that you can have two nights in one place to see Manyara and the Crater rather than moving every day.