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Songota Falls Lodge

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1134, Arusha, Tanzania
Songota Falls Lodge
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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
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Burns Lake, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've traveled throughout Africa extensively, and are currently living outside of Nairobi, Kenya... but we've never visited Arusha until this trip. So we came here to TripAdvisor to find someplace to stay, and were overwhelmed by the volume of choices. Fortunately, the Songota Falls Lodge was running a special promotion and their small ad caught our eye and we booked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Songota Falls Lodge is a bit away from town, but it is really, really worth to go there. We felt very welcome and safe there. The owner is so friendly and pays so much attention to their guests. We enjoyed the nice bungalows, the excellent food under the roof and the relaxed athmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Thank you Joyce for your excellent hospitality, lovely grounds and rooms and wonderful food!! The view from the restaurant is wonderful and you can hear the waterfalls running below in the valley. Joyce creates a safe and reliable place to get away from almost all of the sounds of the busy Arusha town. Fresh food prepared wonderfully with excellent onion... More 

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Gooik, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Songota Falls Lodge was our " base camp " during our 3 week-trip through Tanzania. We ( a group of 7 ) stayed several times for a short period in 3 lovely huts and enjoyed Joyce's hospitality and cooking after returning from the safari, Zanzibar and the local tours.

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Montréal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Songota Falls Lodge is the kind of place that once you get there you don't want to leave. I recently spent a week there and I already miss the place. The lodge is situated 500' up in the hills next to Arusha, away from the city noise. The temperature is a little bit colder too, wich is great. Another benefit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I had the opportunity to stay with Joyce at Songota Falls throughout our 2 week stay in Tanzania. Unlike many travelers who only spend one or two nights in the Arusha or Meru regions before or after a climb or Safari, we stayed at Songota for seven nights of our trip and couldn't have been more pleased... More 

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Zürich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My boyfriend and I stayed at Sangota Lodge for three nights after our Safari. We enjoyed the lovely quite, green and family-like atmosphere. At the time we were the only guests and so enjoyed peace and tranquility. The food Joyce prepared was very delicious and romantic - she lit a candle every night. Of course down in the village you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My wife and I stayed in one of Joyce's quaint cottages the first night arriving in Arusha. We had 8 days of safari experience ahead of us. Coming in from a very long flight the location was not very far from the airport. The location is set in a peaceful setting after quite a drive along a dirt road. Once... More 

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