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“unique - in a good way” 4 of 5 stars
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“unique - in a good way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

boundary hill is different than the other lodges we stayed at while on safari - and unlike anywhere we'd stayed before. the rooms are out of sight from each other, there is no "electricity" (in that the place is solar-powered), some of the walls were screen only (no glass), the shower and tub were outside on our terrace and the toilet overlooked tarangire national park! some of this took a little getting used to (especially the sounds of lions roaming in the distance at night!) but it definitely added to the experience. our morning walk and night drive in the conservation area were highlights along with our visit to a local massai boma. plus, the staff was amazing! they were attentive and friendly; quite possibly the most genuine and heartfelt service we`ve experienced. the food is also good. i definitely recommend boundary hill for a unique and memorable stay.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Fairytale stay. Wonderful room, views, staff, atmosphere and food. Ask for room 1 or 2. Game drives, walks and visit to Maasai village are offered. Now my favorite accomodation in my travels. Email me if you want photos. I couldn't get my review submitted with my own photos for some reason (TripAdvisor didn't reject them, it seemed to be technical issues). Book with East African Safari and Tour Co. Ask for Mohammed as your guide. He was great. Include Boundary Hill in your plans.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I checked in for what we thought would be a fantastic mini safari with East Africa Safari Company in Tarangire. We would soon get wiser… This review will tell you the story of the worst customer service we have ever experienced in our three years in Tanzania – one that ended up with the manager in an email calling us verbally abusive and physically intimidating…

Facts first. We live in Tanzania and have during the past 3 years been on a number of safaris. This means that we have a good idea about price and quality – and what to expect. We paid 690 USD (excluding transport to Dar-Arusha-Dar) for a two day safari in Tarangire. One night staying at Boundary Hill outside Tarangire National Park – one night at Tarangire River Lodge inside the park.

I have to admit that our bungalow was impressive; magnificent views and very spacious. The food was also nice but here we run out of positive things to say about Boundary Hill and East African Safari Company!

The car they picked us up in was not working and had to be repaired before we could drive to the lodge... When we finally arrived, the hotel manager was unaware that we would only stay one night and would need transport and a guide for a full-day game drive in Tarangire the following day...

We chose to go to Boundary Hill because they offer free game walks and night game drives as part of the package. We have never done a night game drive before so this was the big attraction and reason for going. But during dinner, the camp manager came and said that he had “new news.” The light bulb for the spot light for the night game drive was not working and the drive was canceled! Naturally, we got upset about this. We could understand if the game drive was canceled because of bad weather but when it comes down to not checking that the lodge’s basic gear is working it is simply not good enough…

We complained and asked the lodge manager to call the company manager of East Africa Safari Company to tell him that we expected a discount now that this essential part of our safari was suddenly canceled due of lack of proper maintenance. Later, the lodge manager said that the company manager had agreed to give us a discount – all we needed to do was to send him our account details (as we had already paid upfront for the safari).

After returning to Dar, my boyfriend sent the company manager a short email with our account details. This is where everything went wrong!

We now received a series of ‘threatening’ e-mails insinuating that we had verbally abused the staff at the lodge, that the staff had wanted to report us to the police (!), and that we should behave better as ‘guests in Tanzania’. We were completely chocked and have never experienced anything like this in Tanzania.

Boundary Hill is the worst managed lodge we have ever stayed at in Tanzania and the treatment we got from the company director was choking! Tarangire is a wonderful park – don’t spoil your stay by staying with Boundary Hill!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

My wife and nine year old daughter visited Tarangire to see the elephants after fantastic time at Ngorongoro and Serengeti. We weren't disappointed, we saw hundreds of them from a distance and dozens very close up but there is more to Boundary Hill Lodge than a base to see elephant. The place is unlike the big chain lodges for all the right reasons, it felt more genuine, earthy and has heaps of atmosphere, the staff were great and they really looked out for my daughter.
Situated on a cliff face above the Tarangire Plain the views from the room and the dining area are impressive and after sundown the altitude and absence of light pollution means there is a starscape so clear and beautiful that is a real novelty to see coming from a city in Northern Europe. The Lodge is also on a leopard's range and because of the possibility of animals being inside the grounds every night we were escorted to and from the dining area by a Massai warrior! How good is that? Lots of little details: the kerosene lamps, the home-baked bread, the simple but delicious meals made this place special.
Also, the Boundary Hill Lodge does have a connection with the local Massai communities that is more than just a marketing ploy. The Lodge is co-owned by the Massai communities and we were told the profits have been used to build schools and dispensaries. We did enjoy a visit to a Massia Boma but I think the Lodge should also offer trips to see the facilities they've funded. I know my daughter would especially liked to visit a local school.
Being on the boundary between the Conservation Area and the National Park enables visitors at the Lodge to go on night drives and walking safaris, both of which we enjoyed very much. As for the time of year, we visited in early June when the grasses were still high. We also saw a huge zebra herd, ostrich, black faced vervets and impala but if you're coming to see more than just elephants I'd wait until later in the season when the log grasses have died back so there is a better chance of seeing other game.
It's a bumpy ride to get there (I was told the government are about to improve the road in) but it's well worth it when you arrive.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

We stayed at this lodge for three nights with our three children and it was a fantastic experience. The views were out of this world. We stayed in the family room and in the evenings the fire on the verandah provided a highlight and we were able to relax with the family in very congeniel surroundings.
The food was excellent as were the staff. From this lodge we did do a night game drive and many bush walks, all worthwhile. The children really enjoyed their stay here and this lodge was the highlight of our safari. James our guide took us to a Maasai village and here we were shown schools and a dispensary. It was interesting for the children to see the different type of classrooms. The roads were a bit rough but this in no way spoilt our stay. Our trip was booked through Simon at East African Safari and Touring Company, I have written a seperate review for our safari.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Tucson
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

After spending some family time in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, we decided to try a short safari with East African Safaris in Arusha. Simon King did a wonderful job tailoring our trip to what we were looking for in the time we had available and what our budget would allow. We spent 4 wonderful days in Tarangire National Park. We did 3 game drives and had some time to enjoy the spectacular views and wonderful lodging. Our guide "James" not only was able to track more animals than we could ever hope to see, but his knowledge of the park was very impressive. We would highly recommend this as a great vacation experience

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2010

We were based here for 2 nights while exploring the Tarangire area. It is a very nice lodge. The rooms are unique and the view is spectacular. The bed was very comfortable. The food was quite good and the service was surprisingly good. "Ema" was our waiter and he was especially good to us. We took advantage of going on a Maasai led walk, visiting a local Maasai boma and doing a night safari drive here. I would highly recommend all these activities.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Address: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 23 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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