Me and my girlfriend stayed here for two nights, one at either side of our safari trip, which was organised by the owners son.
I found Songota Falls Lodge on here and saw that it had excellent reviews which prompted me to book. I emailed the lodge and got chatting to the owners son Raymond. I just so happened to ask him if he could give me any advice on booking a safari as we had never done one before. Without hesitation he organised the whole thing for us. The safari itself was the most amazing experience I have had and it went without hiccup.
Songotta Falls Lodge itself is located in the hills about ten to fifteen minute drive from Arusha. The setting is amazing and the views are to die for. Basically the rooms are decent sized wooden huts with sloping roofs. They are very basic inside which is perfect as a room with a TV etc would not really fit into the peaceful and tranquil setting. We had a double bed with was very big. There is also a mosquito net which you can pull down around the bed which just adds to the cosiness.
The owner, Joyce, made us feel extremely welcome as soon as we arrived. She greeted us with a glass of her home made fruit juice then cooked us the most amazing meal. There is no menu you just eat whatever she cooks but you will not be disappointed. All fresh fruit and vegetables locally sourced. She basically plays mother to you until you leave which is great.
Her son Raymond does not work at the lodge but will pick you up from the airport or take you wherever you want to go or organise whatever trips you want like our safari. He picked us up from Kilimanjaro airport and brought us to the lodge. On the way I happened to mention that I was a Liverpool FC supporter. There was a match against Manchester City on that evening and he very kindly offered to take me to his local to watch the game on a big screen, I was over the moon and very impressed.
Raymond is also a very talented artist who's paintings can be seen in the rooms and around the lodge. He also displayed some for us on the lawn with no pressure to but at all. We ended up buying one at a very reasonable price. It now sits in our living room and is a great token of our trip.
All in all I would recommend this place to anyone especially if you need a couple of relaxing days / nights to wind down from a hectic trip.
Thanks Joyce and Raymond for an amazing time.