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Karatu Simba Lodge

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4.5 Km From Main Ngorongoro Rd Village of Rhotia, Karatu Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#5 of 64 Speciality lodging in Karatu
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Karatu Simba Lodge offers a slice of life only to be found in rural Tanzania. Located about a thirty-minute drive from the gate of Lake Manyara National Park, approximately four kilometres off the main road to the entry of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge is situated next to the Ngorongoro Forest. Accommodation is in individual twin, double or triple cottages or rondavels with canvas walls and solid attached bathroom and shower, tastefully and simply decorated with hand made furniture of African hardwood. Each unit has its own deck with safari chairs for relaxing and viewing the pastoral setting. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in the common areas, an evening campfire and pool with views onto the forest. The lodge is eco-friendly with solar power and hot water and there is a well stocked bar and dining room serving food and coffee fresh from nearby plantations.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Free breakfast
Car hire
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
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Neena Mudher wrote a review Jan 2021
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An impromptu trip, done right! We chose to visit Karatu Simba Lodge because of it's proximity to Ngorongoro National Park and it's high recommendations from friends and family ! When we first arrived at the lodge, we were warmly greeted with fresh juices and warm towels. Following Covid-19 precautions, all staff were wearing masks. Furthermore, social distancing marks were put in place. We were asked to sanitize our hands and our temperatures were checked before we entered the reservation area. Once we checked in, we decided to go and check out the outside deck. As soon as I opened the sliding glass window, all I saw was a beautiful view of the forest and the farmlands. Words cannot explain how beautiful this view was! The rooms were very spacious. I was particularly impressed with the view from the room. The large sliding glass doors enabled us to look at the forest and farm lands from our beds. To keep us warm at night, the staff placed hot water bottles under our blankets. This made us feel extra special! What amazed me the most was how delicious the food was at the lodge. My favourite was the variety of salads that the lodge had to offer with our meals. The salads were refreshing and scrumptious! After finishing up our meals, we got the opportunity to take our coffee/tea to the fireplace which is next to the deck. Staying warm next to the fire whilst listening to the sound of animals made me realize how surreal the wildlife really is! What highlighted my trip at Karatu Simba Lodge was the delicious food, the amazing views of the forest and the peacefulness that surrounded the lodge. It felt like I was home away from home! Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: All of the rooms are great - they all offer a beautiful view of the forests, the mountain and the...
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Responded 28 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for this lovely review! You certainly enjoyed everything about your stay at Karatu Simba Lodge. We do appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with Trip Advisor Members. The Marketing Team ~ Simba Portfolio Lodges
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Amy T wrote a review Jan 2021
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia14 contributions
Such a beautiful lodge with amazing views (you can also hear the wildlife at night which is fantastic). Food was great and catered for vegetarians. Staff were very welcoming and the rooms were spotless.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 28 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, Thanks so much for this lovely review. We do appreciate your comments and are happy you enjoyed your stay. The Marketing Team ~ Simba Portfolio Lodges
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muniraz564 wrote a review Jan 2021
Moshi, Tanzania63 contributions4 helpful votes
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We had an excellent stay at the Simba Karatu Lodge. The lodge is beautifully done and it’s led by a team that absolutely understands hospitality, service and standard. It’s sooo clean and well kept. We stayed a total of 3 nights and we were totally amazed at how well we were looked after. The food quality, servings and presentation was amazing. Baraka is the heart of the restaurant and he never missed a moment to make us smile. The rooms are clean and comfortable. It’s a beautiful location and there is no better place to relax and rest than at simba karatu. The Ngorongoro crater was an hours drive from the lodge and Lake manyara even closer. The picnic lunch provided by the lodge was complete and sumptuous. Thankyou Gerald, the lady at the front desk, the manager of the lodge, baraka the two trainee ladies at the restaurant for everything that you did for us and more!! Ahsante sana!! What an amazing surprise with the birthday cake and celebrations you all organized for our father during check out!! Keep up the good work and all the very best!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 28 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, Thanks for the review. We're so happy you appreciate the fantastic team at Karatu Simba Lodge. They really do go the extra mile to make our guests happy. The Marketing Team ~ Simba Portfolio Lodges
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nazima b wrote a review Jan 2021
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So serene n peaceful. We loved every bit of our stay there. From the welcome drink, to the rooms, to the scenery, to the dining hall, to the friendly ever helpful staff... The list goes on n on on... Definitely always choosing simba lodge when in karatu
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 5 Jan 2021
We do appreciate your taking the time to write your review here on TripAdvisor. Thank you so much for the compliments. The Marketing Team ~ Simba Portfolio Lodges
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wanderlust5260 wrote a review Dec 2020
141 contributions51 helpful votes
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Both breakfast and dinner buffet food were well prepared. It was the best food we had out of 3 different lodges. The view was beautiful and the tent was big. It had everything you’d need with the exception of a hair dryer, but that was expected. The hot water shower was also good and lasted at least 20 mins. Wifi speed was sufficient but unfortunately did not reach the rooms. My only complaint is the lunch boxes could include more hot food, as there was only one patty and the rest were bread, peanuts, apple, banana, cookie, cake and chocolate. Regardless, the lodge was the best one we stayed in compared to Eileens Trees Inn and Osero Serengeti Tented Lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Simba Portfolio, Marketing at Karatu Simba Lodge
Responded 5 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for the huge compliment to our staff, they really appreciate it. Also we will make sure the feedback on the lunch boxes reaches the correct department. The Marketing Team ~ Simba Portfolio Lodges
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PRICE RANGE
US$295 - US$303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionKaratu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karatu Simba Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Karatu Simba Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Marera Village Gallery (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Karatu Simba Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Karatu Simba Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Karatu Simba Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Karatu Simba Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Karatu Simba Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.