Karama benefits from lots of things: It's slightly out of town (only ten minutes) so you're away from the hustlebustle hassle. It's very beautiful- surrounded by tropical trees and deciduous ones too. It's slightly cooler (because it's high) and thus less mosquito-tastic. It is normally very quiet and rather an oasis.
The real gems are in the layout: it's set on a large hill, and the view from the restaurant - which incidentally has just been very classily refurbished by female craftswoman Wieke Van Leuwen- is spectacular. The food is not bad- not expensive, and better than average... but it's the staff that make the place I think. They're organised, really friendly, and efficient, and nothing is too much trouble.
I love hanging out by the pool: it's not massive (so don't expect to be pounding up and down with lengths) but it's in a really secluded, beautiful position, and a day eating snacks, drinking beer with a mate, is one of the best ways I know to relax!
There's a yoga/massage room too. Check to see when the yoga classes are, they're great.
- 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