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Lake Duluti Lodge
is located in the Arusha
area in the northern
region of Tanzania
This small lodge offers decent high-end accommodation, suitable for combination with a luxury safari.
It is set in a pleasant semi-rural location around 10km to the east of town, on a wooded hillside with glancing views down towards the volcanic crater lake of the same name.
The lodge is reasonably convenient for Kilimanjaro International Airport and caters specifically for late arrivals, with a light evening meal.
The plot is accessed along a dirt road, around 1km south of the main Arusha-Moshi highway. The main building contains very intimate and stylish public areas, leading out to a deck and with a decent pool tucked away to one side. Substantial pathways lead through the gardens to fourteen large and very comfortable guest bungalows.
The lodge offers walking, mountain biking, farm and village tours in the immediate area, as well as canoeing on Lake Duluti.
We are going to be a little harsh on this lodge because it is relatively pricey and because it looks particularly good in some of the imagery.
The first thing is that we don't find the location to be particularly attractive. It is nice to be in amongst the vegetation close to the lake, but there is something of an enclosed feeling, a little claustrophobic, as you can see. The fact that you can only get distant glancing views of the lake is a bit disappointing given the name. The big barbed wire fence that encircles the lodge doesn't help, but presumably that will be covered by creepers next time we visit.
We also feel that, for a 'designer lodge', it falls short in some aspects of the design. The building exteriors certainly leave something to be desired, especially the mock slate roofing. But we are being picky here, there are far more pleasant aspects.
It is worth noting that guests need to pay to access the lake itself, although the charge is modest. But to be clear that it is not part of the property in any way.PricesSeasonsTrips