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“Amazing place!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Newport, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Boundary Hill is spectacular. We stayed for 3 nights at the end of our safari and loved every minute. Each room is a separate cabin built into the hillside, with a balcony looking out towards Kilimanjaro and the sunrise.

The staff are exceptional and can't do enough to help you (or feed you!). You can do as much or as little as you want - we went on a game walk with the Masai, had an arrow-shooting session, went on a night drive and still found time to relax and unwind.

Some of the negative reviews on here seem to be mainly due to the lack of home comforts (electricity, tarmac roads etc!). Remember this is Africa, and to enjoy the unspoilt views and secluded setting the Lodge has to be remote! There are solar powered lights in the rooms, hot water, and if you need anything charged there is a generator so the staff will happily charge stuff for you in the dining area.

I would recommend staying here to anyone who gets the chance - particularly if you prefer somewhere more relaxed and quiet than the larger lodges available.
Thanks to everyone at Boundary Hill for an amazing time - especially Saif and Danny!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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perth
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We loved this lodge, the roads to get there is like much of Africa - pretty poor. The location is fabulous - lodges built into the hill. The rooms are huge, I think I was in no 2 which includes a 4 poster bed, lounge area, desk - a toilet with a full wall of glass overlooking the valley (no one can see you) and a bath complete with good hot water out in the open. What a beautiful experience to lie in a bath watching the skies darken. Electricity was not great, several of my lights weren't working - so take a headlamp and or torch. Remember this is Africa - and this lodge is in the middle of nowhere. We also loved the Masai 'protectors' who walked us to our rooms particularly at night.

The staff were lovely and we enjoyed the food, also the walk with the Masai and the visit to the Masai village - I am already very conscious of how lucky we are but looking at the tiny size of their houses and the hardness of the sleeping platform confirms what a comfortable life I have. I felt quite claustophobic inside.

We loved everything about this lodge and it was a lovely opportunity to rest a little at the end of a hectic two weeks.

Room Tip: One of the rooms - not sure which share a lounge area and porch - it was great for two of our party...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This place was breath-taking. The views were sensational and the staff were fantastic. The guided walk with the Masai was particularly enjoyable. The lodges were massive and the balcony was amazing with a bath! The food was always really lovely and there was lots of it. A great place to stay. Thank you to all the staff at the lodge.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers. Stayed for 3 nights, probably our best in Africa. We got Room 2 which is stunning with a bath on the balcony from which to be overwhelmed by the night sky! (Plenty of HOT water)The kids got an awesome bungalow with a huge balcony where they had an open fire lit each evening! The lodges are all placed for superb views and privacy, very special. The location is out of this world and the individual rooms have been designed and built with imagination and flare in a spirit of fun. The activities where of the very highest calibre with outstanding guides. On the game walk, we were enthralled to see a baboon spider's lair and watch a chamelon changing colour - all introduced by a Masai warrior and excellent guide. There is far more to Africa than just large animals (of which there where plenty!)
The night drive was also a highlight, well done and exceeded our expectations for the number of species seen, the Spring Hares were quite comical and endearing.
At every meal the food was excellent and the service we experienced very special, all the staff were concerned that we enjoyed our stay and seemed genuinely happy in their work. We couldn't recommend Boundary Hills more highly.

In reference to some of the less flattering reviews, it is important I guess to understand that you are on the very edge of a remote national park in Africa, a long way from a sealed road and the mall. If guaranteed power, gushing high pressure water and an endless supply of tissues is of the highest importance, maybe another continent should be considered.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We were a group of 6 (4 adults + 2 children) that spent 3 nights at the Boundary Hill Lodge (mid-June 2012). We stayed in the 2 biggest villas there overlooking the valley on the rock face. The views were stunning. The villas were huge and more than sufficient for our needs. But here is where things sucked. There was ABSOLUTELY NO WATER in our room !! I mean no water!! repeated complaints to the maintenance staff/supervisor was met with an answer of "there is water in the storage tank so you should get it". Even when some water trickled down, there was no Hot water. We literally were trying to run between the two showers trying to see if we could salvage a small shower!! One of the bedrooms had absolutely no power!!! We sort of managed, but this was pardonable as much of these rooms were powered by solar :-) !!!

Next started the fiasco of food. All of us are vegetarians and we had repeatedly reminded both while booking with the company (East African Safari) and while checking in at the lodge. The first evening they serve fish after an atrocious 1.5 hour wait at the dining area!! The dining area had NO electricity, and we had a "candle light ONLY dinner". The next day dinner was even worse, because there was NO DINNER whatsoever!! They said the supplies hadn't arrived from the town!! This was announced after making us wait for 2 hours !! (I am not exaggerating)!! We were just livid!! Kids were starving and cranky!! It is not like you can walk down to the next restaurant or town to grab a bite! This is really in the middle of nowhere!!!

But I have to say that the staff members on-site were super nice and courteous and were genuinely apologetic!! But apology doesn't cut it, especially given that we had paid a lot of money for this trip!!

FInally after several phone calls to the owner, Simon King, we did get some credit back for all the "hardships" !!! Later on things were explained as failure to clean filters, truck problems etc. May be we hit a perfect storm, but it was SO traumatic that I had to write this review and let it out!!!!

Room Tip: Do not get the rooms that are located higher up as the water flow would suck big time!!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Geelong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

While on our June safari with East African Safari and Touring Company we stayed 2 nights in this lodge. Owned by Eastco and the Maasai villages. The rooms were excellent, staff friendly and the night game drive and bush walk well worth it. It is worth it to stay at this lodge just for the village visits an night game drive.
The food was plenty and beer cold.
If you are staying at Tarangire and have a family stay in Room 5 and 6, do a bush walk and enjoy the Maasai boma visit. I think this lodge is so underrated it is amazing.

Room Tip: Room 1 and 2 for couples look amazing. Room 5 and 6 for families couldn't be better.
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Sheffield, UK
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19 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Accommodaton is of secondary importance when on safari as the experience outweighs the standard of living quarters. However, these accommodations aren't cheap so I feel it important to critically appraise the accommodation itself.
Boundary Hill Lodge is located outside the park gates. It is about 45 minutes beyond Boundary Hill Gate. Bring your insect repellent as the Tsetse flies are located in various geographical 'pockets' en route.
The accommodation is unfenced with superb views of the conservation area. The conservation area was quiet with regards wildlife when we visited at the end of May. However, I am informed this is not always the case at different times of year.
The hotel offers night game drives and morning bush walks which is a real advantage of the conservation area as these are forbidden in national parks. The night game drive cost 20 USD per person and was money well spent. We were lucky enough to spot and photograph strictly nocturnal wildlife such as Genet, Springhare, Tree Rat and Striped Hyena.
The staff are attentive and helpful. Maasai warriors are appointed to guide guests to their rooms after dark. A downside of this is you get a feeling you can't wander the accommodation area even in the day without a feeling somebody is watching where you are going.

The rooms are built into the side of the cliff so offer fantastic views. Decoration is basic, maybe too basic with consideration of the rates.
The only real downside was the food. I understand it is a remote place but all the other accommodations on our safari offered superb food despite the remoteness.

Overall recommended with positives outweighing negatives for me but consider whether this applies to your safari needs.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Boundary Hill Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
I am glad overall you liked your stay at Boundary Hill. Just a couple of points, being May the regular chef at BHL was on leave and during this period we had three temps, none of which actually made the grade as to what we expect there. Secondly although about 45 minutes from the Tarangire gate, the road is no more than 700 meters from the national park boundary at any time, in fact BHL is located less than 200 meters from the park Boundary. So as with any game drive there is always the possibility of seeing wildlife en route, as there are no fences and the areas outside the park is a Wildlife Management Area. Another point the reviewer had was regarding the decor, each of the rooms decor is meant to be subdued as the main attraction at BHL is the views and the closeness of the wildlife. We do not need to go overboard on interior decor to make the lodge appealing. On another point the reviewer has mentioned that there is always the feeling of someone watching when walking from rooms to dining area and etc. The lodge is located in an area where there is a lot of resident wildlife, we have elephants wandering through the site as well as resident leopard below room two. It is important to realize that due to the design, with rocky outcrops everywhere it is very very easy to come face to face with some of this wildlife, hence the constant awareness. Thank you for the time to review the lodge, and I am glad you liked your stay there.
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Address: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
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Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boundary Hill Lodge is the newest wildlife experience in Tarangire National Park. Visit the Massai who actually own the lodge, in their homes, not fake bomas built for tourists. Visit the schools that benefit from the Conservation area and form your stay at the lodge. Get off the beaten track and experience the forgotten Africa. ... more   less 
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Boundary Hill Hotel Tarangire National Park

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