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Hatari Lodge
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      All reviewsmount merugreat placemain buildingnice locationenjoyed our stayjohn wayneexcellent foodcolobus monkeysacacia treeswonderful introductiononly complaintbreakfast tableobservation deckstayed one nightgerman speakingfirst stophatari
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      Reviewed 11 May 2014

      We just returned form a stay of 2 weeks (mid April 2014) in Tanzania. We started our first whole week in the Arusha National Park. Most people rarely stay in the Park for more than a night. So we weren't quite sure what to expect. April is also the start of the rain period in Tanzania. But from the start to the end, this became a stay of a life time. The lodge, the people, the landscape, the wildlife, the food, ........, everything was there. We enjoyed our stay here really much and were quite sad to have to leave this wonderful place after our 6 night stay ! There is so much to explore in this area: Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, Wildlife in Arusha National Park, Amboseli Conservation Area, and much much more !!!!!!!!

      Thank you so much again to everyone including our Guide Mokili, the Lodge Manager Lilli and her whole staff of the lodge and Marlies and Joerg, the owners !

      • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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      Thank brentener
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      Reviewed 19 March 2014

      Hatari is a close as you can get in comfort to the diverse wildlife of Arusha National Park. No shambling buffer and bounce along endless dusty access roads.
      I've stayed at several lodges around Arusha National Park but this one is easily the most conveniently situated.
      Simply put, there is no other accommodation that comes close.

      Buffalos and Warthogs amble past the rooms on their way to the grazing marsh out back where they mingle with Maasai herders. Here you can sip your sundowner as Slender-tailed Nightjars, which sound like falsetto car alarms, churr away before dawn as well as just after sunset. The rare Red-throated Tit chatters in the evocative Yellow-barked Fever Trees that dot the property. Above you all towers the fabulous rampart of Mount Meru's exploded eastern wall (6,000mya).

      • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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      1  Thank JamesWolstencroft
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      Reviewed 29 November 2013

      I feel bad entering an average rating for this place. It has a great location with beautiful surroundings, very nice, clean and interesting rooms... so why give it an average rating?

      Mainly because of food and somewhat management. My wife is a pescetarian and that had been communicated clearly before our arrival. Dinner was meat and not very interesting sides (vegetables) - this was fine for me, actually the meat was pretty good - but my wife got exactly the same food as everybody else.... except for the meat. That to us is not acceptable when it has been communicated previously and we have rarely had any issues. Also, at the breakfast we asked for fruit and received a single raspberry over yogurt and there were no other fruits.

      Our initial meeting/briefing was not very good and didn't answer many of our questions, however later we met much more accommodating and knowledgable hosts.

      We only stayed one night - so maybe things would have improved.I think it helps to be German and I am not saying that in a negative way (I have family in Germany), but it seems to be what the Lodge caters strongly too and more than 50% of the guests were speaking German.

      We did however enjoy the sundowners and the communal dining, very interesting guests and the park was a pleasant surprise - especially the Colobus monkeys - although it does not compare to other major parks in Tanzania.

      • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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      Thank andal03
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      HatariShumata, Inhaber at Hatari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

      We are very sorry your wife was not happy with her meal.
      While decent fish is very difficult to obtain where we are, we normally provide vegetarian dishes with other proteins. I have spoken with our kitchen about this.

      Even though we should strive for excellence on every night's stay, I am certain that your stay would have improved once addressed with management.

      While it is true that many guests do come from Germany, Hatari welcomes guests from all over the world. We pride ourselves in our global guest list.

      I would like to thank you for your constructive comments. They have helped us a great deal in improving the experience at Hatari AND the five course menu throughout the Christmas season will be a real challenge but yummy as we do stand up for our kitchen.

      We wish you a peaceful and enriching Christmas season with an easy step over into the next year. All the very best from the Hatari Lodge, yours Marlies Gabriel

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      Reviewed 25 November 2013

      I read great reviews about Hatari Lodge and thought it would be fun for my husband who is a big John Wayne fan. Hardy Kruger (an actor in the movie Hatari!) originally bought the property after filming and the lodge has some movie memorabilia and posters in the main lounge. The lodge and rooms are beautiful. They have unlimited hot running water, so you can have a nice steamy shower.

      The rooms are very nice. They have bathrobes for your use and even a blow dryer. You are able to charge things in your room, but the power does turn off at midnight. The grounds are very lovely, nicely landscaped and they have some great views of Mt. Meru We even got some glimpses of Kili. We had sundowner cocktails on the deck with the other guests. They usually seat all the guests together at one table for dinner (but you can ask for a private table if you wish), so we had dinner with three nice couples from Germany and two young ladies who work at the lodge. Everyone was very friendly and we had some nice conversations during dinner. The food and service were excellent.

      I really have to say I was very impressed with the service at Hatari Lodge. We were supposed to check out in the morning, but they were very accommodating and gave us a very late check-out time. This allowed us to come back to the lodge for a hot lunch and we were also able to have a quick shower and change before leaving for our last game drive and drive to the airport. They were very gracious about this, but we really appreciated it immensely. I picked the lodge on a lark because of the John Wayne connection, but it was a really beautiful place with outstanding service. It was a great place for us to end our trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there

      • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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      1  Thank Bluebird711
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      Reviewed 21 November 2013

      We stayed one night at this hotel after a week of safari, just before going back to Kilimanjaro airport.
      We were upgraded to a suite room and the suite was very nicely decorated with a big open shower in the bathroom.
      The terrace and the garden are beautiful, you will likely have the chance to spot girafes or buffalos in the garden or in the bush.
      And the view to the Kilimanjaro mount is delicious.
      Great stay!

      • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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      Thank LoulouGE
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