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“Lovely place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karama Lodge & Spa

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Karama Lodge & Spa
Ranked #14 of 149 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

I stayed here one night after a safari in the serengeti.

I thought the hotel setting was lovely. I did hear dog barks and the sounds of the suburb below but it was not disturbing. The traditional style room on stilts had a lovely bed with mosquito net and a very private balcony (though some rooms higher up will have a better view but less privacy). The view from the balcony was perhaps a touch disappointing as I'd hoped to see Mount Meru. There were a few glimpses of a distant hillside, but mainly just trees and foliage (nice though). In fact I think that the Karama hillside looks more to the east, so it's only possible to see Mount Meru from certain spots in the grounds, as it's mainly obscured by trees. You get a better view of Meru about 200m down the road from the lodge, as the road sweeps to the left.

Food at the restaurant was excellent. Be warned that the hotel is quite isolated so nearby (within 10 mins walk) food options are nil. Getting a taxi into town would probably cost about 10,000 shillings (less for a local of course).

Only disappointing feature was the poor hot water pressure. Also note that the bathroom and toilet are within the room and not separated by continuous walls to the ceiling, thus expect to know your roommate more intimately by the end of the stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, India
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27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We traveled as 2 couples & spent one day here on our way to a 8 day safari. The lodge is built on a hill sides with each bungalow on stilts with a views of out skirts of town and in real quaint & great natural surroundings with trees flora & fauna etc. It has a real rustic ambiance and those who like to be with nature will really love it here. The bar and the dining area is in the center with bungalows built around it and has good settings to hang out there. We had all our three meals and drinks here.
The other Pros/ Cons are
1. the food & drinks /cocktails were nice & enjoyable and bar area good place to hang out, read & work on computer etc or to simple enjoy drinks.
2. Rooms were clean & spacious, Beds were comfortable & placed in the middle of the room to capture the breeze and we did not miss air conditioning even though Jan temperature in Arusha can be high as being summer.
3. We did not find any issues with hot water even though some guests have written about this in earlier posts.
4. the lodge is a bit out of the city and can be long walk if you are without transport and have to go the city. the road to the lodge has no lights and is bit dusty so if you have work in the city or want to go for a meal etc make sure you have transport arranged.
5. No free WiFi & only 2 half liter water bottles in room. The lodge can do better there.
6. They could do with a tea/coffee maker in the room even though the lodge did provide us wake up bed tea service at 6 AM in the rooms.
7. For those heading for safari towards northern circuit please keep an extra half hour as this lodge is on the other side of the town and it can take up to a half hour to get thru town given the jams in the morning with all safari vehicles leaving town at almost the same time.

Note : not for those who prefer a regular hotel like room.

Room Tip: The lodge provides you with a torch still could recommend getting a bungalow not too distant from th...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Wijdewormer, The Netherlands
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

We have been her 5 and 2 yeats ago. We can see the difference. It was and is even more now in our opinion the best lodge in Arusha condering price and value. A new lodgemanager who knows what she must do and is doing the right things stimulates the improvement. A good staff and excellent cook compleets the right ingredients for a good stay.

Room Tip: When you are big ask for one of the bigger rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tilburg
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

We spend in total 7 nights at Karamalodge in Arusha (inbetween our mountain hike and safari) and we really loved it. The Lodge lies just out of town in a very quiet surrounding on a hill. The lodges are very spacious and really really clean. There is a seperate toilet and a shower with hot water. All lodges have a balcony. The park is very safe and there are guards.
Furthermore there is a swimming pool were you get clean towels, so you dont have to bring your own.
We loved the staff of Karama Lodge. They are very enthusiastic and help you with all questions and information you need. Also the communication via Email before our booking was really super. Everytime we arrived in Karama Lodge (after a mountain hike or a safari) it feels like coming home!
The restaurant and bar is also recommandable. The food is DELICIOUS!!!!

The park organizes trips to a village and a waterfall nearby - this is a very nice option, which you should do. The walk is a bit strenguous but its worth it.


The whole park is very authentic and in African style. We really loved it and would recommend it to anyone who visits Arusha!

Warm greeting to everybody at Karamalodge from us!!!
Dagmar and Mr. :) Frank

Room Tip: If you have any problems with walking ask for a lodge close to the restaurant/pool. The park is a bi...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank flowerle
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

Spent one night in Karama Lodge on our way to Ngorogoro Crater and the place was great. Clean, charming rooms. Very eco-friendly and the restaurant area is beautiful. We ate dinner which was delicious and the ambiance was fantastic. They also have a very nice pool and on a clear day you can see Kilimanjaro. Friendly staff and safe environment.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank benjamin705
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Vienna, Virginia
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

I am a little jaded by the words eco lodge. I thing this is an excuse to give you less for more $$.
That is my feeling about this lodge. We arrived late at night and left in the am so we did not spend much time there, but it disappointed. No hot water and almost no pressure in the am.

The hyped rooms on stilts did not do much for me. i would not recommend this place. It was ok for the short time we spent but not great.

The breakfast was fine, but not very exciting. Glad we moved on to the game parks.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ssilver628
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Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights on total around our kili trek.

The good: lovely staff, nice food and breakfast, great cabins with nice view (occasionally can see kili on a clear day). Nice to be a bit away from town. Beautiful lounge area to sit and read or relax.

The bad: long walk to town. Couldn't pay by credit card (machine not working) and costs $20 return to get a taxi to an ATM. Can be noisy in the early morning from animals/town at bottom of the hill (although this is not the lodges fault of course). Internet costs extra - 4000tsh for an hour.

Overall a great place to stay and would happily stay again although keep in mind the location. Also - some rooms are bigger than others - ask for one of the bigger rooms.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Karama Lodge & Spa
Address: Suye Hill (Old Moshi Road, Arusha 1573, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 149 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Karama Lodge & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Eco-friendly, artistic, chic, relaxing….”Nestling in Suye Hill National Park, just 10 minutes from the center of Arusha, Karama Lodge & Spa is the ideal home base for Tanzania safaris or for a restful night’s sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Accommodation is consisted of 22 stilted cabins made of local materials in total harmony with the surrounding forest. ... more   less 
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