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“Average Service during Low Season” 3 of 5 stars
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1134, Arusha, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 62 Arusha B&B and Inns
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“Average Service during Low Season”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Well I was surprised by the rating of the hotel on TripAdvisor, not because the hotel is bad, but because it's pretty average and a #1 rating is surprising. I would not suggest going during the low season (we went in May) because it doesn't seem as if they are really prepared to have guests at that time.

Good: Amazing view, cozy rooms, quiet area, delicious food, friendly dog on the property, hot showers

Bad: You have to specify when you want your hot shower, breakfast was smaller than other hotels I've been to, the hotel is far away from the road and we got lost, not much light inside or outside

There are good and bad parts of the lodge, I'd say it was pretty average. Maybe its better during the tourist season?

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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London
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I stayed with Joyce with friends for 3 nights and it was absolutely fantastic. The accommodation is situated in lush grounds with stunning views over a valley. She was as good a host as you could ask for and her cooking was unbelievable. This would be the first place I'd re-book if I ever came back to Tanzania.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

What struck us most was Joyce’s outstanding hospitality. On our arrival she received us with a nice refreshing drink, which was a nice mix of ginger tea and juice. Shortly after she went to cut a branch from a tree to show my daughter the Chameleon it harbored and during our whole time she patiently suggested different kinds of dishes for our daughter.

I won’t describe the premises in detail as the uploaded images from other reviewers speak for themselves. The place is quiet and offers little distraction, which might be a problem after a day or two if you have lively kids accompanying you. There may be the occasional power cut but that can be said of all sites in Tanzania.

There is a small waterfall nearby which makes for a 1 hour trip. The path is quite steep in some places. In the morning you will wake up with the sound of birds, monkeys and you will hear animals of nearby farms.

The last thing I’d like to point out is that we greatly appreciated Joyce’s reliability and help.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

one part of heaven is this lodge.the view is fantastic.there is a lot of birds and river sounds.it is so good for relaxing or honey moon.we tried african-veg food there(each meal per person 10$).it is far from city but you can call them to pick up you and use their van(each trip 10$).

Room Tip: when it is rainy, there is so noise on the roof.I couldn't sleep well.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Most people who head to Arusha stay long enough to change some money and hook up with a safari guide before moving on to another destination. We decided to spend a week with Joyce and Raymond. What a great decision!!

We asked in advance if we could stay with them over Christmas (they graciously said yes) and we also asked if they had ideas of things to do and see in the area. We wanted to get away from the packaged tour and meet some of the locals, experience African food and culture. Raymond offered to be our tour guide, and together with his girlfriend Presca, Raymond introduced us to so much. Presca's family even invited us to join them for their family Christmas dinner. We were so honored. We also met Joyce's parents and visited a local orphanage run by Joyce's brother. Some of the local ladies joined us for coffee one afternoon and spoke to us about a newly formed cooperative that helps the women in their community.

We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet break from the noise and hustle of Arusha. We had a hard time saying goodbye to our new friends. Just so you know: Joyce is indeed a great cook and a friendly ambassador of her community - Raymond is a great artist and we miss our daily treks and meals with Raymond and Presca - spending a few days here is a nice treat you won't regret -we left feeling we had truly experienced a small part of Tanzania!!!

Room Tip: Bring along a flashlight for lighting your way back to your room after the evening meal. Ear plugs a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Located just 3 miles away from downtown Arusha is this wonderful lodge. The owner Joyce treats her guests as family. Her cooking is simply amazing. You can relax in the tranquility of the scenic surroundings. On a clear day, Mt. Meru seems to be just steps away. I highly recommend Songota Falls.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bragg Creek, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha. It is well worth the extra drive.

Joyce was our hostess, our African chef and over the course of our week visit, also became a good friend. She let us use her computer and internet connection. She asked each day what kind of a dinner we would like her to create. When we said we would like to meet some of the women entrepreneurs in the area - she invited them over for an afternoon visit. When we wanted to tour the area, she offered her son Raymond as our tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Joyce and Raymond, Joyce's parents, Presca (Raymond's girlfriend) and her family and the neighbors we were privileged to meet . . . We also were inspired by the incredible work ethic of Ombeni - you'll meet Ombeni if you are fortunate enough to spend a few days with Joyce. Go ahead and treat yourself to a true African experience!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1134, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
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Number of rooms: 5

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