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“Beautiful place yet the most incompetent management on earth.”
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Endoro Lodge
Ranked #11 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 30, 2012

We payed in avanced for two suite rooms and where given the poorest room at the very end of the lodge. Had to sleep in the same room with husband and father in law to later discover that the manager of the hotel had all suites reserved for a excursion arriving the following day.On top of this,we asked for a mosquitoes nets around three times,nobody gave us any notice and later came up with the excuse there where no mosquitoes in the area-result:we where all eaten by mosquitoes in a country that faces great rates of malaria.Woke up around 1am as we both couldn't sleep to find out there was no reception service and nobody could response for us.We ended up waiting 1 hour for the lodge manager to appear,a completely incompetent women who didn't took any responsibility of the uncomfort she made us face-we had to go back to that same bed to be more bitten by mosquitoes ,while she probably slept in great conditions,none of us catch any sleep all night long

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We happened to stay at Endoro on Valentine's day and were extremely pleasantly surprised to find a card from the hotel manager wishing us a Happy V-day, as well as petals on the bed and in the bathtub shaped as hearts. Each hotel "room" is more like its own mini-villa with a patio that overlooks trees, birds and vineyards. Not only is the shower inside the room huge but there's also a fantastic outdoor shower (individual one for each room) that allows you to shower while watching the stars and enjoying the outdoors in complete privacy, as it is very efficiently enclosed between trees. The bed is a canopy bed with netting so that you can close that and open the doors to the sounds of Africa at night.

Perhaps the best part of the experience though was that upon our arrival we were greeted with juice drinks and by the Maasai Warriors that work there. They will not let you carry your own bags and at night they are security. They walk guests from their rooms to the restaurant/bar area with a flashlight.

Amazing experience overall! Could not believe our eyes when we got there!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank aisp264
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Unfortunately we only spent one wonderful night at Endoro Lodge- if we could have, we would have loved to stay longer. Our room was stunningly beautiful with a huge outdoor balcony/patio with an outdoor shower overlooking the lush forests of the Ngorongoro Crater. Our room was furnished with a fireplace, huge bath, lounge chairs, desk, and huge canopy bed in our room. We stayed there with our safari company in place of our previous arrangements with Rhino Lodge. Honestly, at first I was worried about the distance from the crater and where exactly this long backwoods road was taking us. But after being greeted with fresh squeezed juice & warm, steamy face towels by a few lovely Maasai, we quickly decided it was worth the drive.
The grounds are a lush as it gets, full of flowers, vines and trees laced with pretty stone paths. The restaurant is beauiful with two story windows facing the forests and a gorgeous bar area with board games, record player, fur rugs, and a fireplace.
We didn't have too much interaction with the staff, but the food was good and when we did, we had smiles from everyone. Endoro Lodge was an all around pleasant experience and I can't honestly say we would be lucky to spend more time in the paradise they have created.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

We had a lovely stay, rooms were scattered through the gardens. Beautiful private rooms, with extravagent bathrooms. A good immersion tub after a tiring day in the jeep. Don't know the cost but believe it is expensive as it was part of a package. Meals were good, and lunch pack exceptional after some of the lunch packs we had received. Betty the manager was friendly and helpful Staff also very friendly - we were sad to leave. Driver told us his accommodation was good, though he had to spend the first night in town as there was no space for him. But he stated though he didn't eat with us, that the meals were really good.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

The lodge has a determined air of colonial luxury (with some rough corners one should better not look at). The bungalows are spacious, nicely arranged in the beautiful garden, with generous hardwood furnishings, and a good bathroom and great views straight out of the bed. Everything appeared clean, and the food was good. After what felt like 20 eggs per week until we got there, the variety at the breakfast buffet was a most welcome change. Warm water and electricity without restrictions.

Despite the mosquito net, I woke up with an oversized, cricket-like insect on my head (my husband still complains of deafness on the one ear ;) but at least there were no mosquitos.

Still, despite all the objective positive points, there was an air of tension in the staff, and a general strange feeling I cannot put my finger on. One felt watched, and not in a good way.

Room Tip: We had no. 7, in the front row for the view of the opposite hill. Very nice.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

We stayed in one of the chalets (one night) and enjoyed the views, the size and a very nice outdoor shower (there are whirlpool tubs and an indoor shower also). The dinner and breakfast were buffet style and pretty good and the box lunches were ok. We were really sick of the same-ol box lunches from everyplace by the end of our trip. The place is fairly new and they are still working on training the staff allthough the service was very good and friendly. I'm not sure what we paid because it was a part of a much larger package but I pressume it's expensive. The decore is very new and nice and the views into the valley are beautiful. Keep in mind that as with a lot of these places there is nothing to do. You can't really walk around due to the animals so drinking eating and sleeping are the primary activities. Of course most people are on safari all day. They also do not take any credit cards and they wouldn't take a $100 dollar bill either so make sure you have small bill cash which you will need everywhere anyways. Our driver said his accomidations were just ok and they are kept away from the client areas. It was nice to have him eat with us at some of the other tented camps we stayed at. This was a very nice place to stay after spending a week in a tent on Kilimanjaro.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tony S
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

We stayed at Endoro Lodge two nights near the end of our two week East African safari. The location is in a lovely valley near the town of Karatu. When you are at the lodge it is as if there is no one else around. Built on a hillside you have lovely views, if you get a room with a view, or you can go to the beautiful lounge/dining building. The lodge as many lovely villa style rooms that sit empty. Too bad they do not give complimentary or low cost upgrade options to their customers. You don't know the villas are there until you walk around a bit. Our room was clean, comfortable, nice. But we would have happily paid a bit extra for the lovely villa views and amenities. I enjoyed a pleasant massage for a reasonable price. Our biggest disappointment was when we received the bar bill the last day. We were charged $8/glass for wine of the quality we had paid $3/glass for the previous days of our trip. We had not been told the price of the wine nor offered a wine list. The staff had little authority to address the issue. When a business prices something far above their competition they should make the customers aware of this. It left a very bad final feeling about this otherwise very nice place.

Room Tip: Ask it you can upgrade to the villas. But be careful about undeclared charges.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Endoro Lodge

Address: Karatu, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Karatu
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Free Parking
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Ranked #11 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Karatu
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Endoro Hotel Karatu
Endoro Lodge Tanzania/Karatu

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