As an independent traveller in Karatu the range of accommodation is from a local "inn" or "guest house" starting at US$ 6 (you get what you pay for) B&B, through a range of slightly better local establishments and a variety of "resorts" to the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge at US$ 70 for half board. A warm welcome awaits you, minimal formalities at check in, bag carried to your free standing bungalow (all are individually named after local crops or trees) by the larger than life Maggie and a cheerful "mchana mwema" (have a nice day) as she starts. The bungalow is of adequate size with a portion walled off for luggage and spare blanket storage and there is a separate shower/toilet room (the en-suite facility) with lovely hot water. There is bottled water, and a candle and a torch besie the mosquito-netted bed. This is, after all, Tanzania so the electricity can be intermittent with a fluctuating current. The current is, however, more than adequate to charge mobile phones, camera batteries and lap tops (more than adequate that is if they are designed for European standards and not for the evidently much higher power requirements of American stuff (although as they are getting more than twice the voltage than they do at home where is the problem?). The large swimming pool is set among the shrubs and trees of the large secure compound. There is no external telephone service but who needs one in these days of mobile equipment? The fact that there is no television is more of a drawback. The lack of wi-fi in the bungalow is a minor problem as there is an excellent service in the main area (although wi-fi in a few bungalows for business travellers would be a help). Dinner is served individually and comprises a starter, soup, main, dessert and coffee. Full breakfast with eggs to order is also in the dining room or on the terrace if the weather is clement. Extremely good value for money compared with some similar establishments that charge three or four times as much for similar or inferior service and facilities. Quibbles? Too many tourists!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Safari Hotel Karatu
- Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Tanzania/Karatu