Reviews of Hatari Lodge
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Hatari Lodge review
So different from anywhere else! Spent 2 nights here. Rooms are in proper bungalow-type buildings around the lodge, with connecting paths and steps. Almost a proper garden and a separate walled vegetable garden. Shady trees + monkeys! Main building has a lovely shady paved terrace looking down onto grass and woodland, with bar,dining and lounge areas inside. I felt the furnishings were rather dark but very much in keeping with the 60's theme.
Our room turned out to have a bath - not expected, but most welcome! We were actually shown to another room at first (by Annelise) but she couldn't get the key to work. A word from a passing staff member sent her to a different room - the right one for that key - which turned out to have the bath. Most just have showers. So that was an unexpected bonus.
Big, spacious room with plenty of storage and a good sized bathroom. We were asked not to leave the door open, in case the monkeys got in - there were plenty of them, and you could hear them running about on the roof. The lighting in the bathroom was better than in the room. For the first night we had no bedside lights, although some appeared for our second night, but were not very efficient. Three wall lights - while artistic - were rather dim. The bed covers were a bit 'fussy'. Too many cushions and blankets on top of the duvet.
Dining was communal although there were not many people staying. Food here was better than some of the other camps. Plentiful supply of 'coffee table' books to read in the cosy lounge area. The 'welcoming' cold towels didn't small very fresh.
Our excellent guide was Ernest, and we had one afternoon trip out to see the beautiful (Momella) lakes. The trip the following day was through the forest, up Mount Meru. Picnic lunch provided We were able to have a leisurely breakfast and lunch on our final morning, both on the terrace, before leaving for our flights home.
WE enjoyed Hatari and were thrilled with our room under the main building, as it overlooked a watering hole about 100 ft. from our room.
We could sit in our room and watch the animals come to drink, which we did on more than one occasion. The location was especially nice, as with my knees short even walks are best. The guides were careful and considerate of my knees. The food was good and the one long table allowed you to meet the guests easily. Our room was decorated beautifully. It was a friendly lodge.