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Named for the lush green hedge walls of Bougainvillea shrubs that define its borders, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is a medium sized lodge with real garden charm. Nestled between verdant farmlands and the highland forests near the little town of Karatu, Bougainvillea makes an ideal base camp to explore nearby attractions such as Lake Manyara National Park and even the Ngorongoro Crater.

Flowers are plentiful here, and fragrant herbs flourish in nearby gardens that the staff uses to prepare ultra fresh meals in the kitchen. Whitewashed stucco cottages are set demurely among the garden foliage in a circular border that surrounds the common areas. Each cottage is trimmed in dark woods and a delightful red roof. Each accommodation has a spacious balcony overlooking the gardens. The balcony is well appointed with heavy wooden furniture, and is supported and railed by dark wooden timbers bound by thick, nautical style rope. The floor of the balcony and cottage interior are stained a rich red as if to match the color of the African soil of the surrounding countryside.

A blend of wood and wicker furniture inside the cottage continue the charm and garden theme. A four poster bed, draped in mozzie nets, is set against the backdrop of a half stone wall, which conceals a walk in closet area and luggage rack. A stone fireplace is nestled in corner of the wall opposite the entrance. Windows abound inside the airy bedrooms, draped in white cotton from black iron rods, and they serve to provide ample sunlight and brilliant garden views. The windows are screened and framed in delightful shutters that you can open wide, letting the flower fragrant breezes inside to billow the white cotton drapes. Skinny bamboo timbers criss-crosses the cottage ceiling, almost wicker like in appearance, in pleasing geometric patterns. As the lodge is surrounded by the land of the Iraqw tribe, décor in the rooms and common areas consist of authentic Iraqw crafts and artwork. Guests share the use of a fully stocked bar and a cozy dining area that is open to the fragrant outdoor breezes.

A charming little gift shop is also on the premises, stocking quality souvenirs and endearing keepsakes that have been made or found locally in Tanzania. Nature walks are also provided upon request to stretch those safari legs, as well as allowing guests to gain a unique perspective of the surrounding areas. Delicious, organic meals are served here with a warm and gracious service that is unsurpassed. Long after you've returned home from your safari, you will fondly recall the lovely gardens, cozy accommodations, delicious meals, and smiling faces of Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.


Bougainvillea consists of just 21 spacious cottages nestled amidst the lush flower and herb gardens. The accommodations are made up of 5 double rooms, 2 family cottages with conjoining rooms, and the rest of the accommodations are twin rooms. Each spacious room has its own private fireplace and lounge area, amiable wooden writing desk, en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-around closet with luggage rack, and private outside veranda overlooking the brilliant foliage of the gardens. Each en-suite bathroom sparkles with clean lines and comfortable amenities like pedestal wash basin set below a mirror, a wicker shelf for toiletries, a walk-in shower, and separate flushing toilet. All the adult beds are seven feet long, and are especially comfortable for taller guests. Two of the accommodations feature a sloping ramp to accommodate handicapped or elderly guests. You will feel especially pampered relaxing on your private veranda as the staff provides a convenient veranda service, serving your favorite beverage upon request. Hedges of beautiful bougainvillea foliage line the property border, giving this charming lodge its unique name. The property is especially stunning in the evening as sunlight spills across the red roofs of the cottages and the flower gardens, washing the grounds in softly gilded hues.


Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is located among the verdant farmlands and lush highland forests near the charming town of Kiratu. Bougainvillea is situated just above Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. The lodge is situated just outside the southern edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. An hour drive up north to the crater highlands takes you to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. If you head south from the lodge, you could be at the Lake Manyara park gate in about 30 minutes.


Bougainvillea Lodge is located just outside the small town of Kiratu. A one-night stopover at Bougainvillea Lodge is often conveniently integrated into our signature fly-in and drive-back itineraries after a day of exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and just before continuing down the road to Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Arusha. From the crater viewpoint at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, it is about a 50-minute drive to Bougainvillea Lodge. Add about another 20 to 30 minutes of transit time to any of the lodges on the Crater from the viewpoint. Lake Manyara is located only about 30 minutes from Bougainvillea Lodge. Tarangire and Arusha are both located about 2 hours from Bougainvillea Lodge though in opposite directions. Add about 1 hour to get from Arusha to Kilimanjaro. The nearest airport to Bougainvillea Lodge is Lake Manyara.

Food and Drink

Expect delicious food and warm service in the cozy dining room of Bougainvillea Lodge. The meals here are prepared fresh daily, and much of the produce is grown locally or with tender loving care in the lodge's private herb and vegetable garden. The head chef, Reggie Bayo, is well known and once you taste his signature dishes, you will understand why.  

Breakfast consists of sausage, bacon, and eggs cooked to order, as well as pancakes, muffins, fresh fruit, and a variety of cereals and juices.   Lunch at Bougainvillea is usually served as a delicious African or American buffet. Authentic African foods like banana stew in coconut milk, barbeque lamb with tomato salsa, or chicken in peanut sauce may be served. American dishes such as sliced pork, beef macaroni pie, or zucchini quiche might be served as well. Alternatively, the staff can pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy at the end of a nature walk or while you are on your game drive. Dinner is a major event at Bougainvillea Lodge, and you can tell the staff takes great pride in bringing a quality experience to their guests. The dinner begins by a gracious waiter dressed in snappy attire that seats you at a candle-lit table, and proceeds to tell you from memory about all your delicious choices for the 4 courses to follow. Freshly baked bread accompanies dinner. Choose between several delectable salads, soups, main courses, and desserts from the a la carte menu.   Be sure to try the pumpkin soup here if you can - it is delicious.  

The bar is stocked with a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that may be served in the dining room, bar, lounge or on your own private veranda.

Wake up calls are taken the night before and piping hot coffee or tea and delightful muffins or cookies are delivered to your tent in the morning at the predetermined time.


A nature walk can be conducted to the nearby Ganako Hill.   The walk itself takes around 1.5 hours roundtrip (45 minutes up and 45 minutes down.)   The reward at the top includes over 180 degrees of views of Karatu, Oldeani, the Mbulu hills and the Ngorongoro Conservation reserve. You'll stroll through the neighboring village and get an idea of how the local Iraqw people live.

Game viewing at Lake Manyara is discussed below, as your safari itinerary will most likely incorporate a game drive in this park either immediately before or after a night at Plantation Lodge.

Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park made famous by its tree-climbing lions. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks.

The national park is roughly 125 square miles but the shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of this area. The park is actually tucked between the lake and the sheer rock walls of the rift valley escarpment that tower 2,000 feet above. Expect to see elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, warthog, hippo, several species of antelope and loads of baboons. Lake Manyara boasts one of the highest concentrations of baboons in Africa. Cats are difficult to see here and they are much more visible in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. However, with a little luck it is possible to see the famous tree climbing lions or even the elusive leopard.

Lake Manyara is one of best the places in Africa for birdwatchers. With over 300 species including migratory birds, even the most seasoned bird enthusiast will not be disappointed. The lake itself attracts thousands of greater and lesser flamingos along with many other aquatic species.

Special Features

  • 24 hour electricity
  • Close proximity to both Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Nature walk available (45 minutes) with option for picnic or sundowners on Ganako Hill
  • Excursions available to nearby school, orphanage, shopping in Kiratu
  • Excursion available for cultural interactions with the Iraq People
  • Cozy dining room, extensive beverage list, and creative menus
  • Dishes can be prepared to personal guest specification
  • Private veranda beverage service
  • Extensively stocked gift shop
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Full housekeeping services