We have been three times now: it is great to get out of the heat of Dar, and to end up in a location where time has slowed down. This time we stayed in the newly built bungalow, which had all the comfort required, and perfect for us sharing with another family (so 4 adults, 6 youngs kids in total).
The staff were very welcoming (and went out of their way to meet our request for birthday cakes, killing ants etc), and the food tasty and plentiful. The kids spent their day outside running freely with minimal supervision, and loved having a fire to warm us up in the middle of Africa.
Two slightly negative points that could easily be remedied:
a) there is a water reservoir which is relatively deep. With young children, it would be good to fence it off (much like you would do for a pool), especially as it is hidden away from the parents sight if they are around the bungalow.
b) Clear prices and rules on the tours would be useful. We went for a walk from the lodge to the waterfall, and the price initially asked was Tz 20,000 per pax (we were 15...). This was swiftly negociated to a more reasonable fare, but a standard fare would be helpful (for visitors, but also likely for the guides). In any event, we highly recommend the walk!
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