We chose Hatari to start off our 2 week safari in Tanzania, and this was the perfect choice. Our travel agent had not put guest up here previously, but based on the tripadvisor reviews, this looked to be a better choice than staying in Arusha, and it was. The rooms are superbly decorated with locale accents and huge (ours was). We had two wall lamps that were zebra heads that made clear you were on safari. The evenings were cold, and they made a fire for us each evening (our room had a nice fireplace) and put hot water bottles in the bed. The meals were excellent. Dinner was a bit long (2 hours) as this was a first stop on 2 week trip, so the long dinners were a bit taxing as we were recovering from long flights, but still very enjoyable. The only recommendation I would have for the camp is to cater to guides better (all other camps we stayed at would provide box lunches for us and our guide, but Hatari only provides for the guests).
The Asset for the ownership are Mama Twiga and her very polit staff, they always do their utmost to make our stay
comfortable. Many thanks!!!!
Apart from the missing wifi in the room, just only in the Lobby available, we enjoyed our stay.
We (family of 4) stayed for 3 nights - the first one at the Shu'Mata Camp and the second and third at the Hatari Lodge. After 5 days of Safari (i.e. entire days on dusty roads), the stay at Shu'Mata and Hatari was the perfect complement. Walking Safaris at Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, and relaxing at the lodge; watching the Giraffes passing by, the monkeys looking for a chance to grab some food from the tables.
We had booked two rooms and got actually an entire part of a house - two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all connected, very convenient for us. View to both sides (Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru).
Overall, we liked the comfortable rooms, the nice garden, the great sundowners on the "jetty" - but we liked best the welcoming atmosphere! Thanks again for great days at Hatari!
I just made my third trip to Hatari Lodge. It is a place that calms my sense, and inspires me with its beauty. The food is incredible - the most delicious salads! The staff are kind and generous and always ready to meet your needs. I had a cold when I was there, and the manager always made sure I had a thermos of hot ginger tea. Some favorites: relaxing in the gorgeous room, breakfast on the patio with Kilimanjaro in the backdrop, sundowners on the deck overlooking a herd of buffalo, and walking up within 5 feet of the lodge's resident giraffe. AMAZING!!
We want to thank the team for three great nights at Hatari Lodge. After 2 weeks on Sansibar we had these days on mainland in Tansania for some safari. The Hotel is 90 min. from both airports Arusha and Kilimanjaro distance. The driver picked us on Arusha airport and brought us via the National Park to the Hotel. The welcome was very friendly, all staff was great and helpful (thanx to Tilman and his team). Dinner and Breakfast were superb (taste the fresh porridge with some fruits). We had wonderful nights within a nice and romantic room with an open fire (ask for this rooms, there seem to be some without fireplace). At the first night we had a big family of friendly monkeys in the garden and on top of the buildings (great sound of many small paws jumping around on the roof :-), but the monkeys disappeared at second day. Mayby they were displaced, because they rottend also in the small vegetable garden behind the main building and dig everything there.
The sightseeing platform was great for the sundowner at 6:30. Some Giraffes and Warthogs were around, and watching two young Giraffes playing and fighting was very nice. The Buffalos from far at back came with the darkness near, so that we were able to hear them breathing and eating, but could hardly see them in dark.
We booked three full day tours – all very nice and with many good feelings. There were a lot of different animals, but don´t expect too many of them. We had just one Elephant, and as far as I understood, there are no more Lions around. But this doesn’t matter, we had great days. Also going on the crater on 2800m was spectacular.
On our last day we just walked to the small village next to the lodge, which was also nice, and we visited the small hospital from an Austrian Doctor, who is full hearted giving her best, to help people in the area.
The prices for the day tours and transfer service were rather expensive, but people who are visiting Tansania know this upscale situation from everywhere. In total we can fully recommend staying some days at Hatari Lodge, a great place!