Songota Falls Lodge

Songota Falls Lodge

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#1 of 41 guest houses in Arusha
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Finding an ideal family-friendly guest house in Arusha does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Songota Falls Lodge, a nice option for travellers like you.

The guest house offers baggage storage and shops, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features an on-site restaurant. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the wine bars, including Onsea House Arusha and Machweo Fine Dining, all of which are a short distance from Songota Falls Lodge.

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular natural history museum like Old Boma Museum, which is a short distance from the guest house.

Songota Falls Lodge looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Arusha.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Coffee shop
Bicycle rental
Boating
Airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Hot spring bath
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Shops
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Dining area
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Microwave
Minibar
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Room types
Mountain view
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Edith B wrote a review Dec 2021
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are traveling to Tanzania and want a truly memorable experience, I highly recommend a stay at Songota Falls Lodge. The owner, Joyce, is a dynamic business owner who really takes pride in her property. The service and hospitality that she and her son, Ray, provides is first-class and also vey affordable. The lush greenery and mountain views will appeal to nature lovers, and the food is healthy and absolutely delicious. I have stayed at Songota Falls twice and never have been disappointed. Joyce arranged shopping trips to town; organized a safari trip for our group; and took care of our smallest requests, always with professionalism and with a smile. The accomodations are clean, comfortable, and located near a tranquil waterfall. The staff are friendly and we always felt safe and welll cared for. You will not be disappointed booking your stay here!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Erin K wrote a review Apr 2022
24 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic stay at Songota Falls. All meals had food fresh from the garden and the surroundings and view were stunning. Rooms were absolutely spotless and very cosy. Joyce and Raymond were very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Raquel S wrote a review Jul 2021
8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Joyce and her son Ray are both lovely people. As others have mentioned, the food Joyce makes is delicious and fresh from her garden. I am vegan and she was very happy to make something delicious for me (banana stew, which was my favorite, and vegetable curry). The view is amazing out onto the jungle. Ray also took us on a walk to the next town to see a coffee plantation at a locally run organization. The hot water pressure here was also some of the best we had on our trip. I am hoping to return with students.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: One booking app said there was a hot tub, which was inaccurate.
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nocturne24 wrote a review Dec 2021
montreal7 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice place to be in Arusha. We felt like home. Joyce is always there if you need anything, she’s an excellent cook, many vegetables and fruits come from her garden. The view from the lodge is amazing, like we were in the middle of the jungle with bush babies and monkeys playing in the trees nearby. Ideal place for bird watching also, and walk to the waterfalls with her son Raymond who is always available for guidance, he took us on a hike to a coffee farm owned by Tengeru cultural program where we had a wonderful experience roasting our own coffee and bring it back with us
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Eric and Karen wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Songota lodge before but it was my girlfriend first time there and both we had great time. We got picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport by Mama Ray's son (Ray) and he took us to the lodge. Our room was great and just what we want and my girlfriend was happy and i was happy. Our room was also clean and bathroom was very clean.Our host mama Ray made sure we felt like this was our home away from home. The home cook meal was so good and a lot of food. Seating outside our room was so nice and felt so peaceful and fresh air. We watched the sky change color and sun set and you can see the villages from far away since the lodge is up the hill. Excellent place and excellent host and her son Ray. We went to Arusha town and also we went to the water falls. Our stay was just for two days but it was wonderful and we are looking forward to return again soon.
By the way the dining room is outside with priceless view. Thank you Mama Ray and Ray for hosting us.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Joyce K, Owner at Songota Falls Lodge
Responded 5 Jun 2020
Thanks for your comment we really I appreciate for choosing Songota Falls Lodge
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Metin Ö wrote a review Aug 2022
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very nice stay in Arusha in this lodge. Joyce is a very nice and warm lady who made us feel at home and cooked delicious dishes for dinner. The huts are nicely decorated and clean. You can visit the waterfall or the city center where Joyce’s son drove us to several times. All in all we had a perfect break between Kilimanjaro and Safari and after.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Laurent H wrote a review Dec 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates30 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for a quiet place to rest with a warm welcome from the owner, this is the place to be.

Joyce was so nice with our family, always caring of our well being. The place is full of greeneries and fruit trees which are served in fresh fruits or vegetable salads. You can see monkeys and we also spotted a chameleon in a tree!

Great few days spent in Arusha.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Barbara K wrote a review Jan 2024
5 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The property is very autenthic, nice and clean. Many trees around the houses, and general feeling that you are in the middle of the jungle. The perfect stay for people who are not afraid from nature, his souns and animals around (monkeys, birds, geckos) and search for hidden, calm places. Beautiful view over the forest, nice clima as it's above 1500 m. Bumpy street to the property followed by banana tree forest from left and right side makes you feel adventurous. Joice is a very good and helpful host and great chef, we had the best banana soup, chiapati and great stews! Thank you for the beautiful time. Barbara & Bojan
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take your own thin towels in general for your travel in Africa as the humidity here is very high...
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Lena wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here before and after our safari and mountain trekking. The bungalows are neat and clean, hot water is available and the garden is nice to relax. Joyce is a great host. She cooks delicious meals and is happy to help with organising everything from airport transfer to safaris.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sue a wrote a review Mar 2024
Sudbury, Massachusetts17 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A true one of a kind experience. The lodge is tucked away at the top of a waterfall with spectacular views. Joyce is a thoughtful host and wonderful chef. The individual "cottages" include lovely stone bathrooms, comfortable beds and lots of African textiles.
Staying at Songota Falls Lodge feels like a little bit of paradise.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The road to the lodge is an adventure but it's definitely worth the trip!
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Barbara C asked a question Jul 2015
Hobart, Australia11 contributions5 helpful votes
from the rooms?
Answer from joesindorf
Rockford, Michigan197 contributions119 helpful votes
This doesn't appear to be a fully stated question... try again and people here can help you.
Answer from joesindorf
Rockford, Michigan197 contributions119 helpful votes
The lodge will provide transport for you. This is how my wife and I arrived. Just let them know with some advance warning so they can plan -- and they will pick you up.
Answer from Claudia R
Redlands, California22 contributions29 helpful votes
Hi Seme: You can contact Joyce at jdkimaro with the gmail address. Songota is also listed at booking and airb&b. Enjoy and please give my regards to Joyce.
sue a wrote a tip Mar 2024
Sudbury, Massachusetts17 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The road to the lodge is an adventure but it's definitely worth the trip! "
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Derk en Nadja v wrote a tip Feb 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wifi is not always that good. Pick your moment, at least whatsapp works. it's maybe even better that at some moments you experience wifi freedom"
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schwartzapn wrote a tip Feb 2024
Kissimmee, Florida220 contributions100 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The road to the hilltop is a bit bumpy, but don't let that stop you from staying at this lovely place."
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Sherry F wrote a tip Feb 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is a bit off the road but worth the trip"
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Barbara K wrote a tip Jan 2024
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take your own thin towels in general for your travel in Africa as the humidity here is very high and things dry very slowly."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$375 - HK$422 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Songota Falls Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Songota Falls Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Tanzanite Experience (5.2 km), Utopia safaris (1.2 km), and Kilitanzania Pride Tours and Safaris (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Songota Falls Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Songota Falls Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Songota Falls Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Songota Falls Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Songota Falls Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Five Chutneys, and Georges Tavern.
Does Songota Falls Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Songota Falls Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Songota Falls Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Songota Falls Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Does Songota Falls Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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