stayed at karama Lodge for a total of 5 nights over the course of 3 weeks in February, prior to climbing Kilimanjaro and before/after a 5 night safari. First of all, if you are looking for a luxury resort, don't stay here. This is more along the lines of an "Eco Lodge." That said, the cabins are nice, with hot water in the showers and seperate toilet/sink area. This hotel is located on a hill above the city of Arusha, so it is quite cool and mosquitos are minimal. Many reviews comment that this hotel is noisy, but you will find that to be an issue pretty much any where in the city (you will hear stray dogs, the mosques' early morning call-to-pray, and the particularly loud cry of the Bush Babies at night). Despite the noise, the lodge is very relaxing. The pool was very refreshing after a long day. The grounds are beautiful and very safe. The staff, while not excessively talkative, are very gracious and accomodating. From my experience Tanzanias are very reserved around foreigners but are incredibly friendly and gracious once they are comfortable with you.
The owner and manger are both very friendly and happy to provide reccomendations of places to see and arrange transportation for you.
The foot at the hotel was excellent and reasonable priced as was the wine and bar selection (there were not many other options within walking distance). In general, for the price we paid, this hotel was an excellent choice and perfect place to stay for a few days while in Arusha.
- 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