“Comfortable enough at the price and it is NOT Located anywhere near JRO National Park”
First up. A Geography lesson for TA.
Despite telling TA (TWICE) that the town of Same (pronounced Sarmay) is NOT in Kilimanjaro NP which is barely visible some 200 kms north, I see they insist in saying it is.
Don't be fooled by this. Same is in the lee of the North and South Pare Mountains about 150 kms from Moshi on the road to Dar es Salaam.
So as long as this is understood and supposing you are in Same (and why not) and needing a bed then read on. If you are looking for a Lodge in Kilimanjaro then try somewhere else. This is not for you.
Same is a good place by which to enter the Mkomazi National park and also to break journeys to/from Dar and/or the Usumbaras and Lushoto, Tanga etc., Gottit?
I have stayed here twice and it is as good as it gets around here. There are more modern rooms at $50 but the ones I have used have been fair enough for even Mrs.M to pass the night in comfort.
Situated about 2km south of the main town and the turn off to Mkomazi, the property is set back from the road in pleasant 'secure' grounds. I tested the 'security' by going for a walk into town around Midnight but the guard only accosted me when re-entering the Lodge.
There is adequate parking (it's not really a Motel in the true sense as you cannot drive to your bedroom.) under the trees. Reception is prompt and friendly next to a Bar and the Restaurant areas. At the time of both my visits both these were relatively quiet. Food is basic and somewhat "African" in content but very palatable from a printed Menu with several choices. Bar prices seem to be 'negotiable' and the local Gin was cheaper, and nicer, than the Beer.
Rooms are quiet and contain the usual mod cons En suite. Hot water on tap! Beds are soft and equipped with Nets although repairs are not holding. However we sprayed the room and survived.
There is a telephone, electric light and even a TV. I unplugged this and used the socket to charge Camera Batteries etc.,
Not a lot more to say. If you need a bed in Same and Babu's in Mkomazi is off budget then try this. The better rooms are virtual Suites with a Sofa etc., so a stay of a few days would be comfortable enough.
EMail is [--] and they do respond. Booking is rarely necessary.
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