Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Karatu, near the Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation Type
Permanent Lodge
Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

This locally-owned and run lodge is in Karatu, near Ngorongoro Crater.  The owners say that their aim is to offer ‘simple homey comforts at a reasonable price’. In our view, they do just that.
We regularly recommend Boungainvillea lodge for anyone wanting a base near the Ngorongoro Crater, yet trying to keep a lid on costs.

The lodge was created by two forward-thinking Tanzanians, a local farmer and a chef who cooks up a storm in the kitchen every day. The friendly staff, who all live in the local village ensure you are made to feel welcome and well looked after and their sense of pride is unmistakable.

The spacious garden cottages are spotlessly clean and comfortable, and the peaceful and laid-back atmosphere allows you to relax before heading off on your safari adventure.

Should you wish to sample the local culture there are all sorts of excursions that can be arranged by the staff. The neighbouring coffee plantation is well worth a visit and you can easily walk into town to see the local market and bustling African community.

Times to Go

You can easily spend a couple of days at Arumeru and during this time you can enjoy a trip into Arusha National Park which is only half an hour.

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge highlights

  • Locally-owned and run
  • Home comforts and friendly staff
  • Close to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
  • Explore the neighbouring coffee plantation
  • Pretty gardens and outdoor pool

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge location

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge


  • 32 rooms in garden cottages
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Lovely gardens
  • Massage room
  • WIFI in reception
  • Laundry service


(All optional)

  • Game drives to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park
  • Visit local communities
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Ngorongoro highlands treks
  • Bird watching

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge rooms

There are 32 twin garden cottages with en-suite bathrooms.

A third bed can be supplied on request and two of the cottages have inter-connecting rooms so can be used as family suites.

Built of stone and wood they are rustic and simply furnished.

They each have a cosy fireplace in the seating area and outside there are verandas overlooking the pretty landscaped gardens.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.