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“Rustic Charm”
Review of Karama Lodge & Spa

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Karama Lodge & Spa
Ranked #15 of 156 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Rustic Charm”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights before going on safari and for one at the end. It's slightly out of town which is great, up on a steep hill surrounded by lovely trees and gardens with monkeys (so don't leave anything lying around on your balcony or it will disappear!). It was lovely having a large balcony with chairs to admire the views.
On our first visit we stayed in 2 lodges quite close to the main dining room and bar. On our second visit we had quite a hike up steps in the dark to reach our lodges situated much higher up the hill - bags were carried for us but it was still quite a climb!
Nice breakfasts and dinners were ok too but we always had a huge wait for food to arrive - over an hour on one occasion.
There is noise at night but it didn't bother us in particular - I live near Heathrow airport.
It was chillier than anticipated and slightly damp too in August - there was no way we could have used the pool.
Certainly a more characterful place to stay than other hotels on offer in Arusha.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Close to the town centre but out of the bustle and noise, we were not disturbed by any sellers. Beautiful natural setting, with great views over Arusha.
Each room is a separate hut, well appointed.The staff were friendly and helpful and good evening meal.
Unsealed road to the lodge is a little off-putting but well worth the effort

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Very nice stay so close to town. Lovely spot with good service and food. Great forest feel to it. Pity about the dogs and noise from the surrounds. Have stayed there a number of times and this was the first where noise was an issue. Great pool area. Very good value for money. Stay safe and sleep sound

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

It was a blessing in disguise to have found this hotel last minute when Impala hotel disappointed us by giving away our reservation to a conference. It's away from the town of Arusha and in a natural setting. I have a fond memory of this place.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

6 days at this Lodge was a pleasant stay, despite our hectic study program. Beautiful traditional like huts standing on poles gives a feeling of being in the wild amidst beautiful tree cover. The Monkeys add to the spice. The staff are very professional and friendly all through. Great food, but limited choices per day.
Excellent Wireless internet connection. All you need is to request a log in code at the reception.
For the season between end of May to August it is quite cold. Carry some warm clothes for the day and night. Despite some beautiful sunny mornings, it is still quite cold. Traditional coal tray in our training room was a great delight.
The rooms are furnished with a mosquito net, wide comfortable bed, a beautiful crafted table and shelves, separate toilet and shower...excellent hot water. The first day there was no hot water, we reported to reception and this was corrected within 20 minutes.
Generally looks like a beautiful African Village.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

In early February, a friend and I stayed for 5 nights at Karama Lodge as a prelude to starting a week-long safari. We wanted a few days to explore Arusha and area and to recover from jet lag (coming from Vancouver, Canada). We found the lodge to be a perfect stopping place - with the pool, the welcoming staff and the ability to sign up for tours in the area. We did our own tour of downtown Arusha (daytime and felt quite safe - but we used common sense). We had a day at Lake Duluti doing the canoe trip - would recommend either canoe or the walk around the lake, not both. And a day at the Masai Saturday market with guide, Abel, which was quite an adventure - taking 3 local transport buses into the mountains at Monduli, and having lunch at Abel's own home and experiencing a non-tourist market with all the Masai gathered from local villages. Truly a special experience. Karama has a relatively new (8 months) manager, Sofie, who is a delight and who is managing the staff very well - we observed that all the staff appear happy in their work and are very welcoming to the guests. The food was very good. The barking dogs did not disturb as we had earplugs. The tour around the hill above was fun - we would certainly recommend Karama to anyone who wants to experience the African atmosphere in a beautiful treed setting, with good quality food and clean and charming cabins. We stayed one night at Onsea House as it was booked for the beginning night of our safari and, although well over twice the price at Karama, we preferred Karama - less ostentatious, happier staff and certainly more of an African feel. Thank you to all the Karama staff for making out stay memorable and special - Nerys and Joyce

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Calgary
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We stayed for 3 days adjusting for jet lag prior to our safari and 1 day on return. Close to Arusha but away from the frenzy. The rooms are rustic but they were fine, food and service was better than expected.
We are keen bird watchers, so were surprised at the lack of birds on the property but I found a Little Sparrowhawk in the trees which may be the reason. Had one of the staff take us for a walk above the Lodge which was much more interesting for birds and provided great views over Arusha.
Another day we took the hike around Lake Duluti - an easy hike - in the shade most of the way so very pleasant on a hot day - our guide even found us a Barn Owl roosting in the trees..

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 #15 of 156 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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