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Boundary Hill Lodge
Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Amazing Lodge in an amazing location”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The lodge is built into a hill, but largely hidden from view as you take the long drive to get there. But it is worth it - we went at the start of rainy season, and where the only guests, and having the place to ourselves was brilliant. The honeymoon suite was nice, with a bath outside we used to watch over the park, seeing elephants,giraffes and wildebeest. The food was great, and service from staff fantastic, highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lorne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

The best way to describe Boundary Hill Lodge is to show a page from our diary.
We stayed at this lodge in April for 3 nights while on safari with Eastco. It was amazing an experience not to be forgotten.
Day1 Tarangire.

Breakfast was served on the dining terraces, and again the views were unreal overlooking the park and Silale swamp. A full English breakfast was served and we ate with William. It was obvious English breakfasts were very common. It was pretty amazing, as we were eating breakfast, one of the staff came over and pointed out two dainty antelope (klipspringers) who had followed the same path we had, and were munching on a Euphorbia bush near the open fireplace.

The Land Rover had obviously been cleaned and was spotless, William was in the front driving and both of us were in the 2 middle seats, with the pop up roof open.

No rain today, clear skies. We headed off to the park gate and it took 3 hours. Not because of the distance but the elephants. This was a first safari day and we were surprised to see them everywhere and not another vehicle.

We didn’t turn right to the park gate but William said lets go left which we did, a drive into the conservation area proper.

The road had a few water holes, but was sandy and pretty smooth. William had wanted to take us this way as he said in April the majority of elephants and migrated from Tarangire park itself and we would be able to see them in the swamps. After about 10 minutes we stopped and off to the right there was a large swamp and elephants of all sizes eating there. This was also when we saw our first giraffe, and zebras.

We did also see some yellow collard love birds, some jackals, but elephants dominated the drive.

We arrived at the park entrance, saw a few giraffe on the way and with viewing distance of the gate were four female lions walking along the road. The footprints could be easily seen as we passed. We did notice how large they were.

The formalities completed a quick toilet stop and off we went.

The drive was to be along the Tarangire River and birds.

There were not as many elephants here, and seemed to be more spread out and in smaller groups, but the birds were now a highlight. We saw a number of hornbills, lilac breasted rollers, red and yellow barbet, Griffith and palm nut palm nut vultures along the river, cordon bleu, fire finches, superb starlings, ashy starlings and lots of others. This morning there where green pigeons in the fig tree outside our room, and orange bellied parrots in the trees when we were having breakfast.

We had a picnic lunch overlooking a vast swamp, with pockets of black everywhere, which of course where elephants and a few buffalo!!!

We saw no cats today apart from the four lions earlier at the gate, no wildebeest at all, and as William said they had migrated to the breeding grounds outside the park, a few zebras (saw a larger herd outside the park this morning before we got to the gate, lots of buffalo, but all seemed to be around the swamps, some hartebeest, a lone oryx, lots of impala and baboons, a reed buck, banded mongoose scurrying across the road and running into a disused termite mound, and a monitor lizard, poking its head from the top of a mounds as well.

We headed back a bit earlier to Boundary Hill so we could sit on the balcony in our room and just enjoy the incredible views, and the hills and distant mountains as the sun set behind us.

We headed off on a night drive tonight, in the open ‘green machine” a battered looking open range rover, we were a bit nervous about being so open initially, but straight away we saw some impala and a white tailed mongoose, as we negotiated the road down into the valley below, our driver Hans stopped and kept pointing towards these bushes, where somehow they had spotted a flap eared chameleon in the tree.

The rest of the night was a blur, jumping kangaroos like spring hares, another white tailed mongoose, a couple of genet cats, a brief glimpse of an African wild cat running off the road, and the highlight was a leopard kill in a nearby tree, somehow we had come up underneath the lodge area, and Hans pointed out to where our room above us was, hidden in the rocks, and just below we saw a flash of something large, in the trees. Looking close we saw the freshly killed body of an impala which had been dragged up into the fork by a leopard. Apparently this is a female that has had a couple of litters in the past few year and is always found around here. We decided at this stage to end on a high, and drifted back to the lodge and the comfort of our large king sized bed. What we didn't expect was to actually see the leopard about 70 metres in front of us on the road as we drove back. It was a quick glimpse as it ran across the road. The whole experience of the night game drive, smaller animals and the leopard was something we would not forget. Maybe the highlight of our trip.

We felt we had had a fantastic day, the game viewing was much more than what we thought it would be, and the other experiences, with the small animals was just as interesting!

There has been a lot of misinformation about the BHL road. It was worse than some and better than others, that we experienced on the safari. It is the same road used by Tarangire Treetops.

For us the road was wet and muddy, lots of slipping and sliding, the thunderstorm that second night was incredible, never seen so much rain fall in such a short period of time.

Room Tip: Room 2 is beautiful, one other room we saw, the family room also has beautiful views with an open f...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

We spent 3 nights at Boundary Hill during our 2 week safari. Our safari was with EASTCO so staying at Boundary Hill is expected. The road to BHL is very rough (rougher than most) and long but when you arrive the drive was worth it. The lodge is built into the side of the hill and almost invisible (unless you really look for it). We had room #2, the nicest room with an incredible balcony overlooking the conservation area. The room was very large and you went downstairs to the bathroom. The meals are served under the stars with the fireplace lit...the food was average to good...the ambiance was fantastic. We also did a night game drive. After seeing 4 African Hares in 30 minutes, I felt like saying lets go back...but on safari you need to be patient and before long we had seen countless animals including a leopard at around 10 meters from the vehicle. Whether you are with EASTCO or not...if you are in Tarangire, then this place is a must to go to....just what you want...beauty combined with tranquility.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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midwest
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We stayed at Boundary Hill for three nights while traveling with EASTCO on a two week safari. We had the most wonderful stay!

The setting of the property is breathtaking, the rooms are beautiful, the staff wonderful and the food great. While we were there we went on a night drive where we saw some really interesting animals including an Aardwolf. We went on a morning walk with a guide and a Maasi which was also interesting and a nice change of pace to be out walking instead of riding. And, we also visited a Maasi boma where we learned many things about the Maasi, their culture and way of life.

While staying at Boundary Hill, we met a Tinga Tinga painter named Mr. Nchimbi who did beautiful work. We bought one of his paintings and are so glad we did as the quality of his work was so much nicer than the paintings along the roadsides.

Boundary Hill offered a restful, relaxing and unique place to stay and we are so glad we had the opportunity to stay there. It was a great addition to our itinerary!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

My husband and I stayed at Boundary Hill over New Years Holiday and it was the perfect hotel to end our stay with. We did not want to leave and wish we had more time there as this was one of the highlights of our trip. I would advise arriving in the mid-morning/afternoon to maximize your time or spend 2 nights. We cannot wait to go back again. I would rank this as one of the top 5 places we have ever stayed (not because of amenities and extras but because of the property and views!).

There is no proper reception/concierge etc...so don't expect that. The staff/local Masai will carry your luggage to your room and you will probably feel like the lodge is very isolate (it is!). I was worried I would get lost if I ever left my room as we arrived at night but the staff is always around to escort you.


Pros:
- The staff was delightful and so attentive. It's a joint partnership with the local Masai which was awesome. It was just a 2 of us for the night so we had the place to ourselves.

- Food was pretty good. I really loved the soup at dinner and breakfast.

- Our room was massive. We had a king size bed with sitting area and downstairs was a large bathroom. We also had a enormous balcony with stunning views. Words cannot do it justice.

- The walking safari is incredible and a must. We learned so much and saw a giraffe carcas in it's entirety from a recent kill.

Cons:

We didn't have a problem with any of the below but this more of FYI for future guests

- The grounds and room are a little dark at night (bring a flashlight)

- The road to Boundary Hill is a long one (and I am not exagerating). It's more of a dirt path through trees which was fun but tiring after a long day (hence why i recommend getting their earlier rather than in the evening). The drive is totally worth it and don't get dismayed by this as you have to take this road to several other properties as well so it's not unique to Boundary Hill.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

What a truly amazing experience we had at Boundary Hill Lodge. We have just returned from our trip to Tanzania and our stay at Boundary Hill is one of the moments we will never forget. We had a beautiful room with a jaw dropping panoramic view - even from our bed! It was nestled into the hillside with a wrap around terrace, perfect for unwinding after a busy few days. The mornings were the best, waking up to the sunrise over the far away mountains and a bird symphony to compliment it. The staff were absolutely wonderful. Everyone there was friendly, courteous and accommodating. We enjoyed all of our meals which were always served hot. We loved our morning walk with both of our guides and our night drive was better than expected. We saw many animals that night and we even saw a chameleon! The lodge is located in a remote area so yes, there is a bit of a drive in but nothing to complain about - it's all part of the adventure while on safari and the reward of this unique lodge and the surroundings is worth it. Thank you to everyone there for making this part of our trip so special.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hasselt, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We stayed 3 days in the Boundary Hill Lodge in December 2012. When receiving our travel itinerary by Eastco Safari we were pleased to read about this eco-friendly lodge where part of the proftis go to the local Masai. After 6 days of safari we arrived in the Tarangire Conservation Area. It was hotter in this area as in the Serengeit, so after some hours in the jeep, I really was looking forward to have a shower. When entering our room we were amazed by the stunning view although we already had seen pictures. You have to see it with your own eyes! Unfortunately I cannot stand the heat so well, so I fell sick for a day, but.. I couldn't imagine a better place to get sick. The bath tub on the balcony was just great! I really enjoyed taking a bath with such an amazing view. We enjoyed the night safari, a visit to a little Masai village, a walk in the conservation area and ofcourse the day safari and seeing so much game in the Tarangire national Park. Really would recommend Boundary Lodge as a very comfortable base to explore this region.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Boundary Hill Lodge
Address: | Sakina, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #26 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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