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Boundary Hill Lodge
Reviewed 20 January 2013

V. disappointing experience. Beautiful location and that’s it. There were 4 of us who stayed in a cottage style building with a shared living room and 2 separate en-suite bathrooms. Very basic decor - do not expect luxury. The bed was v. comfortable and warm. View from the rooms, porch and bathroom was really something else. Beautiful outdoor fire was lit in the evening.

There was a problem with the hot water - none of us had any, and the water pressure was v. low. As it’s chilly anyway due to the windows having no glass, this really was a painful experience. The owner said it was because there wasn’t enough sun to heat it, but other people staying in the lodge that we chatted to did not have this problem. There wasn’t enough power in the rooms for anything other than lights – we had to ask staff to charge phones/camera batteries and they were reluctant to do this for some reason. I’ve stayed in other accommodations where only solar power was available and the same problems were not an issue. The Masai who accompany you to the rooms were friendly.

Dinner was not good. The manager saw we had sent it back uneaten and came to speak to us about it but did not stop talking for about 30 minutes on other topics. Never inquired why we didn't finish it, didn't even give us the opportunity to say why. One staff complained to us about the cruelty of the manager. We had planned on staying 2 nights, but due to these issues we left a night early. The owner offered a refund for the missed night and excursions we had booked which we were happy about. While I loved the location - it really is wondrous - I cannot recommend this place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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simonking, Owner at Boundary Hill Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

These clients stayed at the lodge 8 months ago. The probational manager was dismissed after their stay and they received a full refund. They paid resident rates as such they had the rooms with the only solar hot water system, which are the last rooms we allocate. No other room has solar hot water hence the other clients all had hot water. In discussions with them afterwards this was their major problem.

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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Despite being pretty far off the beaten track, even in the Tarangire Natl. Park, the Boundary Hill Lodge was the best of the safari experiences we had. We had a bungalow on the rocks, with an outdoor shower, an outdoor bathtub and views for 100s of kilometers of the park and the conservation area. So nice, great sunsets and sunrises. Food in the dining was great, staff was wonderful, game drive and night game drive and wilderness walk (with our Masai guide carrying his spear against lions and hyenas) were secondary pleasures to the lodge itself. Doug

Room Tip: One of the best rooms is #1.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Doug197807
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

Boundary Hill Lodge was spectacular, the staff were wonderful, but day 3 of a 5 night stay and we had NO WATER! I suggest that if you stay there, make sure that management have enough water (and cold drinks) for your stay. Also, it is a half hour from the gate of the National Park - unless your driver wants to prove a point and makes it an hour journey. The roads in are dreadful, but certainly not that bad.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Merlot M
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simonking, Owner at Boundary Hill Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2013

It is true that whilst we had this group of 14 clients stay at Boundary Hill for five nights we did run out of water. We have over 400,000 liters of storage tanks where we collect rain water, and these supplies were exhausted just before this group arrived. We trucked in 10,000 liters to cover this groups stay. We are at a bit of a loss why this was finished in only a few days, and are looking at what we can do in other similar situations. One of the other group members sent me the following comment after his stay "Water- Water is an extremely precious resource and there should be signs everywhere reminding guests of this fact. Otherwise unthinking people will just fill up a bathtub, such as happened at Boundary Hill, which I am sure helped to exhaust the water supply early."

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Reviewed 17 November 2012

A very nice EASTCo property set high on a bluff overlooking the Tarangire plains. The lodges themselves are set apart and out of sight from the other rooms so one appears to be quite isolated. The view from both the room and dining area are quite stunning offering both sunrise and sunset photos of the beautiful.
The food was very good the first night but pretty much a disaster the second night when a beef? pork? chop and the previous nights veggies were re-introduced and then the next days 'box lunch' contained the left-over meat/veggies in a fold-over meat pie that was horrible.
The tin roof of our room was not fastened to the support beams and the high winds banged and banged the roof all night long on both nights.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed at Boundary Hill lodge for 2 nights on our 11 night safari. We couldn't decide between Naitolia and Bounday Hill Lodge so went to both and we are very glad that we did. We booked our safari with East Africa Safari Company because we wanted a safari where we were close to nature and animals and we had the best trip we could have dreamt of. The view from our room was just amazing. To wake up and watch the sunrise while still in bed in a panoramic view was incredible. We got to do a wonderful walking safari and walked so far that we couldn't even see the lodge.

The food was really wonderful and eating our dinner under the stars was magical.I just didn't want to leave Boundary Hill Lodge. We have been lucky enough to travel all over the world and this place had lodged itself in my mind and heart with the greatest moments we have had on all our fantastic adventures.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

After an exciting and rewarding eight days in Tanzania, we ended up at Boundary Hill Lodge for two nights..... what a place!!
Assuming that Tarangire is the culmination of your safari, please forget the luxury 'hotel-type' lodges elsewhere; this is quite different, although the hospitality is equal to anywhere else. Whilst there is a central place for eating and socialising, there are individual lodges randomly scattered and built in to the hillside, all tied together with proper stone pathways. The geography and topography is fascinating in itself. The actual lodges are like large bed-sitting rooms with comfortable easy chairs, big double beds (with mosquito nets, although we didn't need them really), and a separate toilet with full height glazed window looking out on to the plains....sitting on a toilet in the middle of nowhere with a view like that is something not to be missed!!
The outside shower is great and quite spacious, and...there is a bath set on its own terrace, again with breathtaking views......having a bath in the open air in total privacy is something special. Each lodge has its own private balcony terrace as well for just sitting, reading or admiring the fabulous views.
Eating outside in the warm October climate is a delight, with tables to suit all sizes of parties, but all with those wonderful views, and the food is always good wholesome fayre albeit you are not always sure what is coming next...but that is part of the fascination and lure of this place. The staff are a delight, and the Masai warrior who escorts you to/from your lodge is quite authentic..... but very friendly.
Yes, this is not a typical safari lodge but if you are thinking of including Tarangire in your itinerary, it really is an experience you should not miss.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms have spectacular views
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Boundary Hill was our last stop on a 9 day safari in September, and it was a treat. We did not experience any issues with electric outages or run down rooms- maybe they recently refurbished?

It was nice having electricity and hot water 24 hours. this was our only lodging with that on our trip! the shower was wonderful- good pressure. Nice, comfortable bed with a mosquito net. The highlight for sure was the beautiful views. we had three walls of floor to ceiling windows, and a wrap around balcony where we spent some time unwinding drinking wine.

the staff was wonderful- so friendly and accommodating. Joseph was a great host, spoke good English and had a good sense of humor. One of the Maasai escorts also spoke a little English, so it was nice to talk directly to him (instead of through a translator).

No walking outside after dark without an escort, but this was our standard experience throughout the trip. We didn't mind.

The dining area was exceptionally beautiful. Also overlooked the cliffs. We loved sitting out there looking at the sky- we saw two shooting stars! We just don't see night skies like that at home. Lovely place, great relaxing way to finish our amazing safari.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Sakina, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: £162 - £177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Literally perched on the edge of Tarangire National Park, among trees and rock outcrops, the lodge is nestled into the cliffs and huge granite slabs. Built of natural materials, predominantly local stone, wood and burnt brick, Boundary Hill Lodge offers outstanding views over the Silale and Gosuwa swamps, where elephant and buffalo graze among the acacia and baobab trees beneath the vastness of Africa's sky. ... more   less 
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