Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation
Africa, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Planet Lodge, Arusha

Does the hotel do what it’s supposed to do? 

Yes. Planet Lodge is based in Arusha, one of the biggest cities in northern Tanzania. Many travellers pass through Arusha for two reasons: as a base to visit and climb nearby Mt Kilimanjaro or for a stopover on the way to and from the Serengeti.

Planet lodge is a clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay on your journey to explore the marvels of Tanzania.

How would you rate the experience before you stepped into the room. 

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The welcoming lobby

The lodge is a little hard to find with no signposting or advertising outside of the main gate but greeting drinks on arrival and friendly reception staff ensure a warm welcome.

Does it cover the basic needs?

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The very comfy bed

Breakfast – a good spread but a little limited

Comfy bed – comfy king size with an elegant mosquito net surrounding it

Decent towels – check

Fridge – no fridge

Good pillows – check

Parking – check

Safe – no safe

Shower with decent water pressure – ok

Wifi – very patchy which is common for northern Tanzania. There is a a desktop PC and printer in reception which has high speed connectivity.

What makes your stay feel special?

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The gardens were the perfect place to relax as the sun went down

Friendly staff, a good pool, guarded gate, comfortable rooms, pretty gardens and on site restaurant make this stay tick all the boxes.

Does the hotel and room make sense?

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The room

The room is simple but spacious and comfortable. However, the toilet is awkwardly in arms reach of the shower.

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The bathroom

Our room had an outside light outside our main window which mean the room was never quite dark which was a shame as everything else was well set up for a good nights sleep.

Hotel food? 

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The spacious restaurant

The onsite restaurant and room service option means you don’t have to venture out into the streets if not brave enough.

You can also have dinner outside overlooking the gardens.

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

Dinner on the patio

Our 3 course dinner for $16 was good value for money. The meal featured some outstanding parts such as the peppered steak, the chicken with a mustard sauce and the seasoned vegetables which were brimming with taste. Some of the other elements such as the soup, bread and rice and peas were a little bland and forgettable.

The breakfast buffet had a wide range and featured fresh fruits as well as watermelon and passion fruit juices. The buffet also offered hot options such as bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes and some great mushrooms and vegetables along with made to order omelettes. However, we arrived at around 9:30am and the hot food was running low, so get in there early.

Best extras included?

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The pool with great views of Mount Meru

The pool and gardens are worth a visit for some relaxation. The hotel works with local companies to provide tours of local Masai villages and attractions including Arusha national park, trips to Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and airport transfers to and from Arusha and Kilimanjaro airports.

Biggest issue after booking?

The main issue was wifi connectivity, which was a theme throughout our stay in Tanzania and Kenya. The hotel do mitigate this by having servers from multiple providers around the grounds and offering the business desks in reception.

Overall impression

Planet Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania, Safari Accommodation

The lodges with stunning views of Mount Meru

The hotel offers very high customer service and provides good quality for money. We’d recommend using it as a base for exploring the area or for a layover in Arusha when connecting through the Kilimanjaro/Arusha airports when going on Safari.

Overall it is isn’t a destination hotel but provides a professional, very comfortable and stress-free stay on your way to and from Mt Kilimanjaro and your Tanzanian Safari.

Lake Manyara, Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania
Africa, Day Trips, Tanzania, The World Beyond, Uncategorised

A visit to Lake Manyara

Somehow we had reached our final day on safari and after yesterday’s epic journey to Ngoronogoro Crater we decided on a more relaxed day at Lake Manyara National Park. Situated beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley it boasts breathtaking views, a variety of bird and animal life and is also famed for the tree-climbing lions. We hoped to catch a glimpse.

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Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania,
Adventure, Africa, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater

Blindly following the dirt track, the thick veil of cloud slowly thinned as we crept to the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. Other vehicles eventually came into focus as we started to descend to the bottom of the basin in an ant-like convoy.

Ngorongoro Crater, also known as the cradle of life is the place to visit if you want to see a lot of Africa’s wildlife in one place. Perfect for those on tight time budgets like us.

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Acacia Farm Lodge, Luxury Lodge, Safari Lodge, Karatu, Ngorongoro Crater, Luxury Lodge of the Year, Tanzania National Park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park
Africa, Review, The World Beyond

Acacia Farm Lodge – Safari Lodge Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

Yes! The Acacia Farm Lodge is located in Karatu, a scenic town in the middle of Tanzania’s most famous National Parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. It’s eager staff will welcome you home from your long safari with a friendly reception and provide you with a picturesque, relaxing, and luxurious base to explore this incredible area.

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Acacia Farm Lodge, Luxury Lodge, Safari Lodge, Karatu, Ngorongoro Crater, Luxury Lodge of the Year, Tanzania National Park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park
Africa, Relax, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Sweet Surprises at the Acacia Farm Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge is a special hotel in Karatu, Tanzania near the Ngorongoro crater. We say it’s a special place, because the passion of the people who work there.

Karatu is a small town in the heart of the Tanzania National Park area. It’s the perfect place to explore the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater to the North West, Lake Manyara and Tarangire to the South East.

Acacia Farm Lodge is a new hotel which has been open for just one year. However in that one year it has already shot to the top of lists of places to stay in Karatu and has already won the ‘Luxury Lodge of the Year’ award.

How has this small, new hotel become the best place to stay in Karatu and Ngorongoro? Because the hotel goes the extra mile for every guest.

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Four Seasons Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, East Africa, Infinity Pool, Tanzania, FSSafari, MyFSSafari, watering hole
Africa, Tanzania

Four Seasons Serengeti – Safari Lodge Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

Emphatically yes. As a slight spoiler this hotel is the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Not only does it feature luxurious rooms, excellent food and the customary Four Seasons customer service, the hotel also has a watering hole next to it’s infinity pool that constantly draws elephants, zebras, buffalo, Impala and other game animals to the hotel. You can go on safari, but at the Four Seasons Serengeti you can sit back and let the safari come to you.

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Four Seasons Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, East Africa, Infinity Pool, Tanzania, FSSafari, MyFSSafari, watering hole
Adventure, Africa, Tanzania

The Four Seasons Serengeti: Paradise Found

I knew I’d love the Four Seasons Serengeti because it’s just like another thing I love: disaster movies.

I’m talking about a certain type of movie, like ‘The Martian’ or ‘Pitch Black’ where our heroes are trapped in a dangerous environment and they have to use their wits and skills to survive and prevail. Why is the Four Seasons Serengeti like The Martian? Because like Mark Watney, the Four Seasons Serengeti is a hotel trying to do something exceptional in a place which is far removed from the modern world, in an area filled with things which are trying to hunt you.

When the Four Seasons took over the management of this special hotel they were faced with two very different challenges: one obvious and one surprising.

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Our plane at Tarime Airport, Tanzania
Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Crossing from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti: An African Odyssey

I struggled to keep my eyes awake as the tiny plane passed over the Great Rift Valley. It was only 3pm but thanks to a pack of hyenas, a hot air balloon, an even hotter pack of lions, 2 planes, a black market, and the world’s smallest duty free shop… It had been a long day already. My eyes were almost closed and my head was dropping when my shoulder was poked by a passenger sitting behind me. The finer pointed out of the cockpit window towards a giant dust swirl ahead of us. However, what worried me wasn’t so much the dust whirl as what was happening right next to me inside the plane.

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Isebania
Africa, Kenya, The World Beyond

Reflections on Kenya

Isebania Border Crossing

The no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania is a mysterious place for many reasons. The biggest mystery of all might be why there is a border in the first place.

Kenya and Tanzania are not naturally separate countries but repercussions from the British and Germanic empires dividing their holdings in East Africa. The two empires drew a straight line from the Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria bisecting tribes such as the Masai and natural parks such as the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

Whilst naturally so similar, it’s interesting to see how seemingly small decisions led to massive changes in the fates of the two countries decades later.

These are our reflections on Kenya.

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