E Unoto Retreat

Reviews of E Unoto Retreat

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Below are independent comments from 8 of our travellers who have visited E Unoto Retreat, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr. & Mrs. P - Otley
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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E Unoto Retreat review

We enjoyed E Unoto. The staff were helpful and cheerful and the setting is superb.

In some ways we were saddened because maintenance was not what it should be and it seemed to be going downhill. They seem to be short of business and we can appreciate why.

They made us a lovely anniversary cake!

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Mr T & Ms W - USA
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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E Unoto Retreat

E Unuto Retreat was a real surprise and reminded us of some of our high end bungalows used in central America or SE asia. Our Maasai butler Ndari was a great individual who assisted us with meals and made our stay very comfortable. Their property and location requires a longer visit than the (2) nights we stayed. The Massai are truly beautiful people and we hope they are able to maintain their culture during these evolving times. I enjoyed a leisure breakfast and the pool our last morning there. Did not want to leave so my last Cuban cigar and Serengeti beer will be a lasting thought of my trip to Africa.

Lake Manyara Nat'l Park was a very special place to view many things that were seen elsewhere. Our elephant experience at Lake Manyara was again like a dream. Jackson, Pam and I were viewing a particular bird in its nest, when out of nowhere and without a sound we were surrounded by a pack of paciderms. As many as 70 or more elephants had come upon us and continued with their foraging. Viewing of the baby elephants nursing with their mothers, observing their grazing and the use of their trunks (shred, hold with a suction, insert into mouth) was mesmerizing, we probably sat there for 20 minutes or more.

The lake area is a serious birding location and should be recommended to anyone interested in birding. Our total trip species count is 187 with the bulk coming at Lake Manyara. One disappointment and I am certain that this is probably not published or discussed, is there were no predators at Lake Manyara, no lions, no hyenas, no jackals, no cheetahs. We suspect that the proximity to man, villages, cultivation and confined park boundary has allowed the removal of these animals. But the viewing of Hippos, elephants, baboons, black faced monkey, blue monkey, hornbills, Nile monitor and many other bird/mammal species made up for it as we have had the luck to see all the predators on Serengeti and in the crater.

Our final road trip from E Unutu to Kilimangaro Airport was a great ride which identified how the land transforms from the wild to domestication and city life in Tanzania. We saw our last wildlife a lone huge bull giraffe along side the motor way (2 lane paved road), he seemed to know to check each way before crossing?? We had hoped to see Mt Kilimangaro during our departure flight but it was dark and stormyL

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The C family - West Sussex
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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E Unoto Retreat review

We liked the community involvement.
A desolate 10Km drive across degraded land to get there but the site is at the foot of the Rift escarpment with great views.

Our Masai "butler" for our stay (Yamat) was excellent - interesting, friendly and very helpful.

The only thing to be aware of is there is no electricity or lighting at night - make sure you have a torch for each hut!

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The M family - West Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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E Unoto Retreat review

Great staff and lovely food. Beautiful location looking down on a lake. Massai dancing in the evening was very good.

It is a 15km drive off the main road over some rough terrain but you do pass through a lot of Massai villages with smiling/waving children. The main negative point is that the generator is only on for a few hours in the morning and evening so you have no light after about 9.30 in the evening.

The showers barely worked on our visit even though there were only a few people staying there. You would not want to stay here for more than two days as there is not much to do apart from eat/drink.

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Mr & Mrs S from north London
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing 1st.introduction to Maasi hospitality

on arrival we were welcomed with cold drinks and most needed wet flannels(which is the norm everywhere as i discovered) but a first for us and delightful. especially by our wonderful handsome Massi Butler Yamiti. The reception staff all Maasi in full regalia was fascinating and i was so excited to finally meet them, they were very friendly and spoke pretty good english, so gentle and kind.

The retreat is set in a lush green fertile part beside a mountain, and the views down the valley to the fisherman in the lake, and the banana plantation, and the mangroves, ( i think) were far greener and more lush than i had expected. I loved the round simple buildings with the conical thatched roofs that were the individual bedrooms , and one each for the bar, dining and lounge area.. The pool was glorious very clean with super views. comment, we wanted to sit by the pool part of the day, but because there no umbrellas or shade, we had to retreat to our room, which was a shame, perhaps you can suggest they create some shaded area.

i also noticed how everything that could be made out of local materials, ie all,the woodens items, beds tables chairs lamp bases, coathangers hooks. and the lamp shades out of dried palms. The beds were huge, snowy white cotton sheets, good pillows, and so comfortable. i loved the natural back- to -nature feel of the place.

as we we had special diet requests they really did try to accomodate us, however the food was fairly simple but basic, but the service was wonderful. on our 2nd day we were the only guests. , but they arranged an acrobat display and there was also meant to be Maasi dancing which didnt happen unfortunately. The lounge area was so basic that it was a little cheerless, and not particularly inviting or relaxing but maybe because it is all open to the the elements and any passing being that perhaps it would not be a good idea to leave out decorative detail ie lamps cushions etc.

The hike arrnged for us on the Sat was great accompanied by our personal butler.. and his friend with his Maasi spear for secuity purposes. we did feel really cared for and our requirements were willingly met .

all in all as our first port of call and no comparisons yet so to speak we enjoyed our time there.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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E Unoto Retreat review

We found E Unoto 'interesting'. Our room was very comfortable, with a basket of fruit on arrival and flower petals scattered over the bed and floor. Our butler Shakila was lovely and looked after us superbly (big hugs on departure). Location was good with lovely views over the escarpment and lake.

However;

Paths around the resort were uneven and badly lit - no torches were provided in the room - we had our own which were particularly useful when the generator did not work one morning.

The road to the lodge was very poor - our driver complained about certain areas - this needs to be addressed if, as stated, E Unoto is looking to attract the conference trade.

E Unoto seems to be geared up for 1 night business - the majority of people only stayed 1 night, plus the food menu was designed for that. It was the same for lunch and dinner- staff obviously recognised this as they offered us alternative main courses on our last night. Whilst the wine list was extensive few bottles were stocked in the bar and were not sufficiently chilled - yes they only have electricity by generator but we have stayed at places in Africa which do far better with the same facilities.

Whilst it is possible to do a day trip to Ngorongoro from E Unoto (we did it) it does make for a very long and tiring day.

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The Hornbill family from St. Albans
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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E Unoto Retreat review

This was a great place to stay in a lovely scenic location.

We didn't really use it as a Safari base so can't comment on its location for this purpose but it was luxurious and the trip to the Masai village was really enlightening. Isaac, our personal assistant during the stay, was great.

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The Cheetahs from Lanarkshire
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Maasai Culture at E Unoto

A nice stopover, convenient for visiting Lake Manyara.

The rooms and facilities are excellent, as is the food. The retreat is staffed and part-owned by the local Maasai, and the buildings and staff give a local flavour to your stay. The highlight was the afternoon walk to the local boma in the company of one of the Maasai guides. We learned a lot about the culture of the Maasai and their efforts to combine their traditional lifestyle with more modern ways of life. The people in the village were very friendly, and even let us visit one of their houses.

Definitely recommended for those with an interest in seeing a little of the local culture on their visit.

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