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Karama Lodge.
  Karama Lodge
Getting there
Karama Lodge is situated just outside Arusha, 45 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) and 20–30 minutes (depending on traffic) from Arusha Airport (ARK/HTAR). International flights arrive at/depart from Kilimanjaro, while domestic flights arrive at/depart from both Kilimanjaro and Arusha.
The lodge is some 5 hours' drive from Nairobi in Kenya and 9 from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.
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Karama Lodge
Karama Lodge is a small lodge in Suye Hill just outside Arusha in northern Tanzania, set in a quiet forested landscape with views of nearby Mount Meru. The standard is fairly basic. The rooms are in bungalows on the hillside, and have mosquito nets, bathrooms and verandas overlooking Mount Meru and, in clear weather, Kilimanjaro. The meals are served in the open-air restaurant or in the lodge garden. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
The lodge also has a safe deposit, watchmen day and night, a laundry service, telephone and e-mail facilities. Birds and monkeys may be seen in the surrounding forest, and the lodge provides binoculars and bird books for guests interested in doing some bird watching around the lodge or in the forests.

Karama Lodge is a quiet option for you who prefer a natural environment to the comfort of a city hotel.

Wildlife and safaris
You won't find much wildlife around the lodge, other than monkeys, but there are park within two hours' drive where you may see the classic African savanna wildlife.

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is situated a 30- to 60-minute drive east of the lodge, and it's a suitable park for a day tour. It has a number of different biotopes, ranging from freshwater and soda lakes to grassland and mountain forest. There is also a high mountain, Mount Meru, 4,566 m/14,980 ft. Mainly herbivores, monkeys and birds are seen. Zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and giraffes are often spotted, and it's a park where you can be fairly sure to see bushbuck at close range. Elephants and red duikers are harder to spot. The park is known for its population of black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Because of the mix of habitats, there's a lot to see for birders. Some of the fine species we have seen are crowned eagle, lanner falcon, Levaillant's cuckoo, Hartlaub's turaco and narina trogon.

Room with mosquito nets.

View of Mount Meru.

Breakfast in the open-air restaurant.


Tarangire and Lake Manyara
Both Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park are about two hours' drive from Arusha, which means day tours are possible. The roads are tarmac almost all the way. Both these parks offer a varied wildlife, including good chances of seeing elephants.
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