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Songota Falls Lodge

Oldadai - Arumeru Road, Arusha Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 30/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Songota Falls Lodge
Updated 30/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 220 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha

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
Airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Hot spring bath
Neck massage
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
First aid kit
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
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
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Room types
Mountain view
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
Good to know
Great View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili
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Jordy L wrote a review May 2021
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This is a truly incredible place with a very tranquil setting. Joyce really took on the role of becoming our mom and made sure we were well fed with her incredible cooking and used organic ingredients grown in her garden! Thank you soooooo much to the Songota lodge team you really made us feel at home! We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: April 2021
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Denham P wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions5 helpful votes
Thoroughly enjoyed our time here, Joyce was so hospitable and welcoming that I'm thinking of returning to Tanzania just for her food. It was exquisite! Organic avos, bananas, strawberries, custard apples amongst other deliciousness grown in her garden! The location is so peaceful and the silence of not hearing cars after Dar es salaam was a blessing.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
Eric and Karen wrote a review Mar 2020
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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
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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Striczki István wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution
It was my third visit in Arusha and always spent time in Songota Falls Lodge. The place is very nice, clean, have a wonderful view. Joyce, Ray and the staff are very nice and always ready for the costumers. The food was very delicious and the fridge is always full with good beer. :)
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Joyce K, Owner at Songota Falls Lodge
Responded 5 Jun 2020
Thanks for staying Songota Falls Lodge we really appreciate to having you, and we hope you can come next time
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Colin H wrote a review Jun 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom440 contributions191 helpful votes
A friend and I stayed at the Songota Falls Lodge for three nights in June 2019, sharing a comfortably appointed and cosy 'rondavel' (hut), with en suite toilet and shower (with hot water at all times). Our beds were most comfortable and wi-fi connectivity in the rondavel was generally very good. This is not a budget option but we felt that the lodge offered reasonably good value for money, given that decent accommodation in and around Arusha is surprisingly expensive. The sloping grounds are absolutely delightful, with lovely trees (including banana) and flowering bushes. The views of the surrounding countryside (so lush and green) are really superb. We were so glad to be in such a peaceful and secluded location on the lower slopes of Mount Meru, far from the hustle and bustle of Arusha (which can be reached by car in 15 minutes or so). As other reviewers have commented, the 2.5 km unpaved road from the Arusha to Moshi highway to the lodge is rough in parts, so be prepared for a bumpy ride! What makes this place so special, in my view, is the warm hospitality and spontaneous kindness of the owner, Joyce, who bends over backwards to make her guests feel at home and takes a genuine interest in how they are spending their time in and around Arusha. She is an accomplished cook and we enjoyed the tasty meals she prepared, especially the her soups. A more than adequate breakfast is included in the nightly rate. Drinks (both soft and alcoholic) may be purchased and tea and coffee is on offer free of charge. I was most grateful to Joyce for having purchased on my behalf a ticket for the shuttle minibus to Nairobi. I also enjoyed meeting Joyce's charming son, Raymond, who is a talented artist. He is available to ferry guests around the area at a very reasonable rate. We also went on two short walks from the lodge, accompanied by the Maasai guard. There is a good view of the summit of Mount Meru (cloud cover permitting) from outside the main gate. All in all, my experience of staying at the Songota Falls Lodge was first rate and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again should I ever find myself in Arusha again.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Joyce K, Owner at Songota Falls Lodge
Responded 8 Jun 2020
thank you for your comment We welcome you again for another time, We also ask you to introduce us to other friends, Thank you God bless you
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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), The School of St Jude (2.7 km), and Mount Meru (4.2 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, Georges Tavern, and Khan's BBQ.
Does Songota Falls Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Songota Falls Lodge offers an airport shuttle 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.