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“We really loved this lodge! AMAZING!”
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Octagon Lodge
Ranked #13 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
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Porto Alegre, RS
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“We really loved this lodge! AMAZING!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

We booked with Nomadic Adventure the 3 DAY TANZANIA SAFARI which included 2 nights in the The Octagon Safari Lodge.
We were overwhelmed from arrival to departure because we had the most amazing time there. The lodge was comfortable and clean, including the AMAZING food and a well trained staff, absolutely friendly and sweet.
We would recommend this place strongly!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zeeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

We really enjoyed our time here at the Octagon. It was a unique property with beautiful gardens and clean, well-kept stand-alone cottages. We had plenty of hot water and the food was delicious. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Juan Bautista, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2011

This is a beautiful, well run oasis with comfortable rooms, friendly and attentive staff, and the best Irish Pub in Karatu. The owners are on site and very involved with the day to day operation. The rooms are large, well appointed with comfortable beds and the bathrooms have large showers. We stayed three nights and were never without hot water or electricity. The price was half what we paid at the Crater Rim View Lodge where we sadly had to go for one night when the Octagon was already previously fully booked. It was one of the most inexpensive places in town and one of the best. the food was excellent, our group included a vegetarian and there was plenty of variety for all. One of the owners is Irish and we had to do a money transfer to Ireland to reserve the room; that was the only negative.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

the lodge is very nice and very well thought; it has a lovely garden with many birds and a nice terrace where you can enjoy a very good breakfast and a non conventional dinner; the rooms are spacious and clean, the staff is kind; the lodge is close to Maniara park, nice to see, and not only the part close to the gate, and close to Ngorongoro park; so it is strategically well positioned; the 2 managers/owners, a young couple, are very sweet and ready to assist you.

Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2011

My two days stay at The Logde, has left a bit of my heart behind at the place and I will never forget the kindness and hospitality shown from the hotelmanagers. The beauty and tranquility of the place is forever branded in my memory. I have to come back some day soon and enjoy their fabulous coffee and chocolate truffles :o)

  • Stayed November 2010
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2011

Despite an unpromising approach this is an oasis with large rooms, good food, beautiful gardens. Didn't see any mosquitoes but nets on beds were not in good condition - that is only criticism though.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

After reserving rooms for the night 3 months in advance, and receiving confirmation from the owner himself but no details about paying a deposit, despite asking the question, we arrived after dark, tired and hungry after a long drive from Nairobi, children in tow. It proved impossible to find since there were no signs from the main road and despite asking many passers-by, most of whom had not heard of the place. Finally someone was able to direct us. On arrival at the gate we found the place completely closed with just a bleary-eyed askari (gate-keeper) to inform us the boss was away at his home in the nearby town. Despite telephoning him, we got no reply. In fact I have since emailed from the UK to ask what happened but still no reply. Hence my disparaging review here. We were lucky to find accommodation at the nearby Bougainvillea Lodge, which I can thoroughly recommend, with comfortable, well-appointed rooms and some of the best food in Kenya and Tanzania, and after 20 days on safari in ten or so different places I feel qualified to judge. I'm afraid we were badly let down, no explanation, no apology.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Octagon Lodge
Address: Karatu, Tanzania, Karatu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Karatu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Octagon Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated between the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and majestic Lake Manyara. Octagon Lodge is a perfect base for safari travellers on holidays in Northern Tanzania. Day trips may be arranged to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. ... more   less 
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