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Songota Falls Lodge

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1134, Arusha, Tanzania
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Ranked #1 of 71 Arusha B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015
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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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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 March 27, 2015

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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