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Umali Lodge

P.O. Box 303 , Karatu, Tanzania (Show map)
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$60 - $135
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Beautiful rural, quiet setting, just outside Karatu and 20 minutes from Ngorongoro. Umali Lodge has 9 private individual suites, each equipped with a king sized bed and a private bathroom which includes hot shower, bathtub and western toilet. Each suite has its own private porch suitable for viewing resident colony of lovebirds, gardens and views of Rift Valley. Internet available. All food service other than breakfast provided upon advance request. Lunch, dinner, room service and lunch boxes available. Explore the traditional Iraqw underground house on the property. Arrangements can be made for airport transfer, cultural tourism or game drives to nearby parks.

Rooms & Rates

Double Room

King size bed standard with full mosquito net, separate beds available with advance request, closet, desk and chair, private bath with bathtub and shower, private patio, breakfast included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $75 - $135

Nightly Rate: $75 - $135

Single Room

Twin bed or larger with full mosquito net, closet, desk and chair, private bath with bathtub and shower, private patio, includes breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $60 - $90

Nightly Rate: $60 - $90

Triple Room

Three twin beds with full mosquito nets, closet, desk and chair, private bath with bathtub and shower, private patio, breakfast included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $90 - $180

Nightly Rate: $90 - $180

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Location Type

Countryside, Village

Area Attractions

Historical interests, Lake, National/State parks, Nature area, Suitable for amateur birdwatchers, Easy access to 4 national parks, Historical and cultural tours, Safaris can be arranged - single or multi-day, Swimming pools available in area for a fee, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Wi-Fi , Complimentary hot breakfast, On site restaurant, Laundry service, WiFi available, Arusha Airport transfers available, Cultural exhibit on site, many bird species

Room amenities

Amenities Basket, Desk, Private entrance

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Game drives to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Game drives to Tarangire, Olduvai Gorge, Hadzabe,, Game Drives to Lake Eyasi, Endutu,Datoga, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: flexible
  • Check Out:: 10:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only No Smoking in rooms or dining room.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Advance notice required if booking for children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required via bank transfer to confirm a booking.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made at least 4 weeks prior to arrival date for full refund less bank charges. Cancellations 8-30 days prior to arrival, we charge 50% of the full amount. Cancellations within 1 week of arrival, no refunds. for early No refund departures.



Elizabeth Mollel, Manager

Languages spoken

Iraqw, Swahili, Maasai, English

About the innkeepers

The owners, Mathias and Wendy Fidao Bali, are educators trained in the USA. They bring special education autism training to teachers in Tanzania through their US non-profit, Umali Autism Foundation Tanzania (UAFT). Reflecting Mathias' Iraqw appreciation of nature, the site is landscaped by a tribal elder with gardens and pools which attract resident lovebirds and a great variety bird species. Sweeping views of the Rift Valley and a canopy of stars at night accompany an Iraqw Underground House.

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  • Time Served: 6:30 am - 10 am
  • Serving Location: On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Lunch boxes $15

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Innkeepers: Elizabeth Mollel, Manager


P.O. Box 303 , Karatu, Tanzania (Show map)

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