Hatari Lodge

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stamp3Why photographers love Hatari Lodge

The farm where Hatari lodge sits was the setting for Hollywood’s John Wayne and Hardy Kruger 1962 movie Hatari! about a pair of swashbuckling adventurers capturing wild animals for zoos. Photographers come for:

  • Easy access to Arusha National Park
  • Backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
  • Varied habitats and wildlife–a microcosm of northern Tanzania

How we rate Hatari Lodge

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Hatari Lodge at a glance

Hatari Lodge features three buildings decorated in a funky mix of modern and retro

  • 9 rooms with en-suite bathrooms and fireplace
  • Central living and dinigng room, bar and small library
  • Breakfast terrace with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro

The area

Hatari Lodge is located just outside Arusha National Park and in close proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The area is like a microcosm of northern Tanzania–there are lakes, rain forests, the “little Serengeti” plains and “little Ngorongoro”, the Ngurdoto Crater. The lodge’s terrace looks onto the Momella clearing, where buffalos, waterbuck, and rare reticulated giraffes can be seen. Bush babies are frequent visitors.  Spotted hyena, leopard and civit are sometimes seen, and the area is known for primates, including black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys. Safari walks, game drives and canoeing trips are on offer.

The seasons

Hatari Lodge is open all year, and even in the dry season, morning mists keep the area green. The long rains in April and May can restrict driving and walking options, but the rain forest is at its most vibrant and butterflies are abundant.

What Hatari Lodge costs

Rates start at $240, excluding activities and park fees.

Photographers need to know

The generator doesn’t run at night, so plan battery charging accordingly.

The good news

Lodge owners Marlies and Jörg Gabriel created the Momella Foundation to support the local community in health, conservation and education initiatives.