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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Karama Hotel Arusha