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“Oasis after the Serengeti”

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Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
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detroit,michigan
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36 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Oasis after the Serengeti”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

After coming from camping in the Serengeti, I thought I'd arrived at an oasis when we drove in to Bougainvillea Lodge. What a delight! Lovely gardens, with white cottages with verandahs set around a pool and gardens. Sitting area and fireplace in the cottages. We stayed here for two nights for the Ngorongo crater. I could have stayed a week. Just a relaxing, clean comfortable setting. The food was very good and staff very accommodating. It is about 15 minutes to the Ngorongo gate, and it takes about two hours from the lodge to the bottom of the crater.Other lodges can be about 20 - 30 minutes closer to the crater. So there is some backtracking to the crater, but well worth it for the serenity and comfort of Bougainvillea Lodge. Only problem - wifi is only in the main reception/dining area and not in the rooms. Nevertheless, highly recommended.

Room Tip: The further you are placed from the reception area the more you are away from the main road noise.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stayed at Bougainvillea for two nights while we were on safari at Ngorongoro crater.
The room was huge and very comfortable with a front porch to sit out and relax. There was a big, clean swimming pool so after our safari we jumped in for a few laps and lounged around on the sun bed with drinks until the sunset. There was free wi-fi in the lobby so it was very convenient.
The food was excellent and the service was great. The breakfast was plentiful with nice, strong coffee. And the dinner was family style meal served by the staff coming around to your table.
The staff were very friendly and polite as well.
It was a peaceful, quiet, relaxing place. And we wished, once again, we could stay a day or two longer to just take it easy and rest there!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We spent two nights here whilst on safari at Ngorongoro crater and Lake Manyara. The accommodation is large and comfortable. The staff are happy and polite and the food is good. Only little quibble was the service in the dinning room was a little disorganised but this is Africa and it has its own charm as a result. You certainly wont go hungry. The packed lunch is adequate for your safari with a reasonable choice of things included and you get sent off with a good breakfast and a well prepared evening meal when you get back so it shouldn't be a problem. If you get back in time the sunbeds and pool are a welcome treat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights at either side of our stay in Serengeti. Long days meant we really only ate and slept here but it was a lovely place for both. Food was a plenty, 5 courses with waiter(ess) offering 2nds,3rds!! Staff jovial, polite and happy to help! We were especially fond of Joseph who was a great guy! The swimming pool and gardens were inviting and it is just a pity we didn't have more time to enjoy. There was also a small fridge in the room which was a pleasant bonus for the water and thermos flasks for the following days safari. Tranquil place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Beautiful setting and large bungalows with king sized beds and large bathroom. The gardens are well stocked and well tended and there is a swimming pool. An oasis of calm which is welcome during safari and well placed for Tarangire national park.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a nice lodge with a swimming pool in the village of Karatu.
Rooms are big, beds comfortable, the restaurant was good, breakfast was ok. There are is the possibility to take a walk to the village if you wish. As usual the lunch box was poor, but this is the same for all the lodges.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kissimmee, Florida
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is lovely and relaxing; just what is needed after and before a day's game drive on safari. It is conveniently located near both Lake Manyara NP and Ngorongoro Crater. The rooms are spacious; ours had two beds, a sitting area, a walled-off changing area with areas to hang clothes, and a huge bathroom with separate areas for sink, shower, and toilet. The grounds were pleasant to stroll, and there was a large swimming pool. Meals were served restaurant style, and they were able to accommodate vegetarian request. The food was excellent. The hotel was enclosed, so very safe.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Road, Karatu, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Karatu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Karatu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, located a few minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate, offers comfortable accommodation, excellent food and friendly service at a reasonable price. Manager and executive chef Reggie Bayo has many years of experience and his food is legend on the northern safari circuit. Each comfortable room has a fireplace; family cottages and triples are available. There is a comfortable lounge and bar as well as a swimming pool and gift shop. ... more   less 
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