Stayed here for 1 night on the way through to Serengeti National Park. This hotel (and others in the area) are used because they can avoid many of the expensive park fees that others have to pay further into the National Parks. As a result, they are much better value than the others.
The main section of the hotel feels basic and dated, and though the gardens are lovely, they were nothing special.
The rooms are simple enough - clean and quite spacious, with a nice balcony to sit out on. But they are not luxury or high quality by any standard - from the bathrooms to the bed, they are of just an average standard.
One major selling point in the cooler months is the open fire in each room, and this was a major plus for us. I asked the staff if we could eat in our room, and they went over and above in providing us a wonderful experience. They built a fire, brought us each course over a couple of hours, and truly made it a special night. They are to be commended for this lovely touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, located a few minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate, offers comfortable accommodation, excellent food and friendly service at a reasonable price. Manager and executive chef Reggie Bayo has many years of experience and his food is legend on the northern safari circuit. Each comfortable room has a fireplace; family cottages and triples are available. There is a comfortable lounge and bar as well as a swimming pool and gift shop. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Safari Hotel Karatu
- Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Tanzania/Karatu