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Momella Rd Momella village, Arusha National Park Tanzania
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#1 of 2 hotels in Arusha National Park
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Hatari Lodge is a legendary handmade bush hotel which use to be part of the setting for the famed Howard Hawks film 'Hatari'! featuring John Wayne, Hardy Krüger etc... Hatari Lodge is located in protected woodlands on the edge of a clearing called Momella meadow with views on Kilimanjaro. The area surrounding the lodge is adjacent to the vast and beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania.
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Momella Rd Momella village, Arusha National Park Tanzania
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Diane Lorraine wrote a review Apr 2022
Athens, Georgia62 contributions1 helpful vote
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We returned to Hatari Lodge this year because of our pleasant stay there in 2021. It is closer to Kilimanjaro Airport than lodges in Arusha, so it is a convenient place for kicking off or ending a visit to Arusha National Park and places further afield in the region. This lodge offers you peace and quiet, being relatively small and intimate, You can indulge in the luscious meals, watch game in the marsh area below the lodge (enjoy sundowners on a small deck), or go on some excursions to Ngurdoto Crater, "Little Serengeti", the slopes of Mount Meru ( fascinating for their different vegetation zones) or to Little Momella Lake and Big Momella Lake fed by springs from Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is often clear, in plain view; on clear mornings you can also see Kilimanjaro. You do not have to leave the lodge grounds to see many browsing giraffes; naughty blue monkeys, vervet monkeys and colobus monkeys; mousebirds and other species; antelopes and buffalo. A leopard with a limp frequents the area around the lodge: watch out for her. The lodge specializes in organic and natural foods; the meals are sumptuous. You might be surprised by the offering of baobab juice, hibiscus juice in place of the usual soda drinks. The bar offers a good selection of local beers and South African wines. Try this out-of-the-ordinary retreat, enjoy the friendly and dedicated staff as well.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: Request a "villa" for a real treat, an entire two-bedroom suite plus lounge/dining area.
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Response from Hatari Lodge, Owner at Hatari Lodge
Responded Apr 25, 2022
Asante sana for your lovely, detailed review of your stay with us and thank you for visiting us again! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Hatari and relaxed in our gorgeous grounds. We are so very lucky to have such a range of wildlife in front of the lodge and be surrounded by magical landscapes. We take great pride in our delicious food and drinks, all sourced locally and sustainably, great to hear you thought our meals were 'sumptuous'. Again, a big thank you and we hope to see you again on your next safari.
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RobC wrote a review Jan 2022
16 contributions4 helpful votes
Started our Safari here. Great beginning as the lodge is in the middle of the national park which means you’re able to watch wildlife from the terrace. On the first day a group of giraffes visited the lodge and didn’t bother the guets. Really nice staff and good food, too.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the hiking tour up to the mountain.
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Response from Hatari Lodge, Owner at Hatari Lodge
Responded Jan 12, 2022
Thank you for taking your time to review your stay with us, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! A couple of nights with us at Hatari is the perfect way to start your safari, wake up to Africa on your first morning, a beautiful, peaceful place, perfect for getting over jet lag. Thank you again and hope to see you soon!
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Bryan Y wrote a review Nov 2021
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We traveled to Hatari with our 6-month-old infant and had a wonderful stay. The rooms/villas are amazing. There is so much space for us, and they even provided a pack-n-play crib for us! With our infant, we were looking to just relax, and Hatari was the perfect place for that since the animals are right outside our door! We loved the food and the service was exceptional. We could not have had a better stay!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded Jan 12, 2022
Asante sana for taking the time to review your stay with us! We are are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to relax with your family. We are so lucky to have beautiful wildlife right on our door step, game viewing right from the lodge! We hope to see you back at Hatari soon!
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SavvyTraveler09 wrote a review Aug 2021
Berlin, Germany1 contribution
I spend few days at Hatari Lodge and few at Shu’mata Camp- the both places are amazing!! Fantastic interior, absolute cleanliness, delicious food, friendly stuff - my experience was outstanding! I did safaris, had walking tours- happy with everything. Giving 10 of 10! Thank you, Inga
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Take warm clothes, socks- it’s getting chilly
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Response from Hatari Lodge, Owner at Hatari Lodge
Responded Jan 13, 2022
Asante sana for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at both Hatari and Shu'mata. Staying at both properties is the most perfect way to experience an 'all round' safari! Thank you again and hope to see you back soon!
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barefooting wrote a review Aug 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri74 contributions76 helpful votes
Hatari Lodge is wonderfully situated and, depending on the time of year, will welcome you with a nice fire situated in the dining room. The rooms were clean and nicely appointed, but we had no idea when we booked a stay here for three days they are leaning very heavily toward vegetarian and no meat except for possibly fish and if it's not good for you, we don't stock it. Very limited bar with no soda for mixers. Soda has sugar and that's bad for you so we'll make sure you can't have it. Ended up just getting our own in town:) Had to request sugar for tea/coffee or cereal as that's not on the table either because it's bad for you. We had some excellent soups and if we were vegetarian I have a hunch we would have appreciated the creativity of the chef and the kitchen. The lady who was the owner/in charge of the kitchen was rather huffy as she was put out we weren't vegetarian and they only make a store run once a week. She definitely was of the mindset our dining preferences should have been conveyed by our safari company. Maybe so, maybe not, but her demeanor didn't inspire the warm and fuzzies. The wine was very expensive and very limited selection. Rather than rely on the stock at the bar, I would say bring your own. The water bottle in the beds at night were a nice touch as was the evening fire. They did have robes we were able to use which was terrific when you wake up to a chilly morning. The place was okay, but a long way from my favorite just because of the items on the menu and what they served. Staff outstanding!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Hatari Lodge, Owner at Hatari Lodge
Responded Aug 22, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay. We appreciate all our valued guests’ feedback. We are sorry to hear that you feel we are not one of your favourite places to stay at due to our meals and food values. Our philosophy is to preserve and respect the planet and we feel strongly about conservation and responsible tourism. We are situated in the Arusha National Park. We support over 20 small scale suppliers between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru by purchasing our fresh, organic produce from them. We avoid biological and chemical contamination on all our produce. We reduce our food waste as well as our carbon footprint, therefore we only do our shopping once a week and do not serve buffets. During breakfast and dinner, our meals are 90% meat based – lamb, beef and chicken were offered during your stay. We are sorry to hear that you feel all our meals were vegetarian. Our lunches and afternoon snacks are however vegetarian, again, to reduce our carbon footprint. Culture, conservation, and creativity in the kitchen is what we believe in and we apologies that you felt we were not serving this. We are however pleased to hear that you enjoyed the warm water bottle and that our staff were outstanding. Although we seemed to not be one of your most favoured stops, we do still hope you took some great memories and moments away with you. Life is to be lived in harmony and here at Hatari that’s how we practice they way we live and how we serve. Until we meet again, stay safe and travel wise!
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dianelorraineb wrote a review Mar 2021
Athens, Georgia37 contributions23 helpful votes
Hatari Lodge is a real breath of fresh air, as it is unlike the other safari lodges and modern hotels in the Tanzanian tourist/safari circuit. The Lodge is actually an old farmstead with tropical gardens and a main building with a patio and deck overlooking a swamp area that fills with wildlife every day and evening. The accommodations are in cottages or in some guesthouses built in the style of the original farmstead. The furnishings are antique and "rustic". One has the feeling of being in an historic homestead far away from the world. Giraffes and vervet monkeys, and sunbirds, make the morning gardens a sheer joy. On clear mornings you can see the peak of Kilimanjaro. The staff are wonderful and friendly; the food is excellent; and the main building (bar, lounge, restaurant) is filled with memorabilia from the film "Hatari" with John Wayne. Overall, this is a lovely place to stay for a few nights and days at the beginning or start of your Tanzanian safari. There are really interesting excursions up the slopes of Mt. Meru, nearby craters, and the area called "Little Serengeti" which usually has buffalo, antelopes, zebras and other game browsing.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: The guest cottages are very spacious, not just "rooms". A bit more pricey but worth it.
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Response from Hatari Lodge, Owner at Hatari Lodge
Responded Jan 13, 2022
Thank you for your review. We are grateful for you taking the time to share your experience with us. We take great pride in our originality, history and unique location and it brings us great pride you felt the same way! Thank you again and hope to see you back at Hatari soon!
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artinthewoods wrote a review Dec 2019
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Hatari Lodge is an amazing lodge, with beautiful landscaping to great you, cosy and very interesting African decor, and excellent food and service. The views are beautiful with Cape Buffalo and giraffes right there at the edges and monkeys on 'campus'.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Lauren Y wrote a review Nov 2019
Windsor, Canada28 contributions29 helpful votes
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Lovely property located in Arusha National Park. We were greeted upon arrival at 2300h w a hearty bowl of vegetable soup. The staff were warm and engaging. The meals are leaning to “farm to table movement”w lots of healthy vegetarian dishes. The chef came out to plan our safari lunch with us- which was delicious! The bedroom was well appointed and our fireplace was lit both evenings for us. Modern amenities are found throughout and the room was spotless. Verveine monkeys are found around the property. Giraffes come into the courtyard to munch on the acacia trees! In the morning and evenings Cape buffalo and zebras and giraffes gather in the fields 200 m from the boardwalk- and the occasional buffalo will wander through the courtyard. I would definitely recommend Hatari Lodge- it was worth the price of admission.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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sherlockBer wrote a review Nov 2019
Berlin, Germany12 contributions6 helpful votes
The staff is extremly good and friendly. The Food was great. The trips were exceptional. We had a picnic by the waterfall an no other people besides us. like Paradies. A hike to the crater .Great trip.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Kerstin K wrote a review Nov 2019
Guben, Germany2 contributions1 helpful vote
We unfortunately fell in front of our lodge a glass down, the shards were not disposed of until the departure - but on the last night we were charged $ 7. Is not customer friendly - were also very angry about it !!!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from taesafarist, Inhaber at Hatari Lodge
Responded Nov 8, 2019
Liebe Kerstin, leider habe ich erst heute nach ihrer Mitteilung über unsere Bewertungs-Platform von ihrem Unfall erfahren. Gut das ihnen nicht passiert ist und das Sie nicht in die Scherben getreten sind. Ich warte auf die detailierten Bericht vom Lodge Management und werde mich auch mit Chamaleon Reisen in Verbindung setzen. Sobald ich alle Infos zusammen habe melde ich mich bei Chamaleon und freue mich dieses unangenehme und sicherlich nicht absichtliche Geschehen durch eine Kleinigkeit wieder gut zu machen. Unsere Glässer sind upcyclet ( aus recycling glass ) von Frauen in Ostafrika handgeblasen die wir mit unserem Einkauf unterstutzen. und leider kommt es immer wieder wegen Rücksichlosigkeit zu Bruch. Aber es gibt auch Unfälle ... und hier wollen wir auch unterscheiden. Ich melde mich umgehend. Herzliche Grusse Marlies Gabriel
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$709 - $800 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha National Park
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.