Comfort & style

Hatari Lodge consists of three buildings beautifully situated within acacia woodland allowing excellent views of the Momella meadow, rich with wildlife, at a close distance the majestic Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The oldest building serves as a large central living and dining room where you find a comfortable relaxation and dining area. Sitting around the open fireplace, which Krüger and Mallory enjoyed so much, we entertain our guests with inside information on the flora, fauna and history of Arusha National Park. Enjoy the freshly prepared dishes of international modern cuisine which are served here. There is a long bar, which can be accessed from both inside and out, as well as a small, but informative library. The breakfast terrace, bordered by sweet smelling acacias, offers impressive views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Directly below the terrace lies the Momella clearing, which can be reached via a boardwalk to the viewing platform which offers the opportunity to watch the wild animals at close range, and to enjoy classic sundowners, with Kilimanjaro on the background.
Buffalos and waterbuck feed here regularly and warthogs can be seen digging the ground or mowing the lawn. Water birds enjoy the swampy areas and numerous giraffes including the rare reticulated giraffes feed on the trees surrounding the lodge. The bush babies are also a common sight at night throughout the year and there is a small lake within walking distance, called Silver Lake, where Hippos can be found. Hatari Lodge offers nine comfortably furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace and a spacious ensuite bathroom. Each room has been lovingly furnished and decorated by Marlies Gabriel in the modern retro style, as a tribute to the 60s and 70s – the time of the “Hatari!” movie as well as the beginning of safaris in Tanzania.

We call it MODERN RETRO! The style of the 50's, 60's and 70's – of “Hatari!” movie combined with Tanzania’s natural fabrics. It's fun, it's funky, it's trendy, it's Hatari! The film, the area, the setting! Dangerous, adventurous and very romantic! All decorative items have been designed and crafted at our premises. The wallpaper in 70's style were created by Remmy Macha, our artist at Hatari Lodge. The mint green ceramics and wash basins are made by Seamic in Dar es Salaam. The retro beddings are made by our very own MamaMomella, one of the MomellaFoundation projects, supervised by Marlies Gabriel (see projects). The beddings consist of typical Tanzanian materials and are sewn and embroidered by the women of the nearby village. These beddings, as well as numerous other items of clothing, jewellery and souvenirs can be viewed and bought from the MamaMomella shop located at Hatari Lodge. The colorful woollen carpets are made by a women’s cooperative in Kenya; our sisal carpets are produced in a church-based sheltered workshop in the Usambara mountains. The wooden art-deco furniture are specially produced for us by Domus carpentry in Dar Es Salaam.

A special treat are the “ethic trophies” on the walls of the lounge and in the rooms, providing the lamp light. They preserve the beauty of animals without them having to die. This way, Hatari Lodge combines the tradition of big game hunters who were the early tourists in Africa with modern wildlife preservation standards. These “ethic trophies” have been designed by Marlies Gabriel and Remmy Macha, created by using wire and thin leather. These lamp shades as well as other artwork can also be ordered for sale, please check with our staff.