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Songota Falls Lodge

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1134, Arusha, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staying at Joyce is like staying at home. I've been in Tanzania for two months and topping it off with a relaxing stay at Joyce after climbing Kilimanjaro was wonderful! It has the right mix of local and western culture and is in a local area. It is outside Arusha so you need to take DalaDala, Taxi or a lift... More 

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Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Joyce runs the most wonderful getaway. We went there after a Kilimanjaro trip and it is a great place to relax. She has nice gardens with sofas where you can relax in peace and the food is amazing! Definitely the best meals I have had in Africa so far! Local cultural African food but arranged and prepared in a more... More 

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Mount Dora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was all home made and very good. Joyce and Ava made the meals without a stove the old-fashioned way (outdoor bricks and wood). The room was comfortable and clean and the service and hospitality were excellent. Joyce and Ava greeted us with fresh mango and lemon juice and a warm smile. We arrived a little late (8:00), but... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Approach road to Lodge is a dirt track which is badly maintained. Warm welcome from Joyce and her daughter on arrival. They were happy to provide us with a hot cup of masala tea on request, in addition to the welcome drink. The basic, no-frills accommodation is in rondavel style huts with ensuite bathrooms. The décor in the rooms looked... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having read the reviews of the Trip Advisor community I expected more from Songota Falls. Food in particular was very disappointing. Joyce and her family are warm, welcoming people. The accommodation itself is good value for money. But the dinner at 18 USD was way over priced. We got a much better meal in the city for far less. The... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Joyce made us feel at home since the minute we arrived. Her warm welcome with her beautiful smile made our stay very enjoyable. The place is built to reflect the local style surrounded by lush gardens. The huts are very pleasant and comfortable. Joyce also provided us delicious food and took care of every need. Located away from the hustle... More 

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Moetzingen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Nice and inexpensive location inclusive sight into a beautiful landscape (Songota River), perfect and very friendly service, first class food! Mama Ray took care for us like for her children. We missed nothing.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The lodge is located away from the craziness of the main roads and only a few miles from the center of Arusha. Joyce has furnished each bungalow differently with locally made furniture and accents. It's quiet and the views are spectacular. Joyce is a wonderful host and her cooking is fantastic. She is always there to help make arrangements for... More 

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Burns Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Joyce was welcoming, helped arranged a guided walk, made staying in Arusha a bearable experience! I highly recommend it to others either on a layover or needing a break from the city. Joyce contributes to the community around her and is knowledgeable about her surroundings

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We stayed at Songota Falls Lodge in August 2014 after arranging a booking with Joyce over email. It was our first time in Africa and we had just arrived in Tanzania after spending a few days in Nairobi. When we arrived in Arusha Joyce arranged for us to have a taxi driver to take us around Arusha for the afternoon... More 

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