Sonayi safari lodge is a 3 star mid- range accommodation found karatu, 1 mile from the city center of Mangola with in the Typical rural areas of Nomadic People (Hadzabe and datoga) Tanzania. The Lodge is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Karatu and 2 hours’ drive from Ngorongoro craters via TK eyasi road and Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge is in the quiet and perfect place for travellers and tourists who want to discover and explore karatu, lake eyasi, ngorongoro conservation area and Lake Manyara national park. One can be at the lodge by road transport from Arusha since it’s the gateway destination to different parts of Tanzania in about 3-4 hours’ drive on tarmac road from Arusha through mayukuni and karatu and 45 minutes to fly to the close lake airstrip then few minutes to be transferred to the lodge.
Sonayi safari lodge consist of 11 spacious and comfortable cottages with the magnificent views of the forest and distant hills designed in African style with local wood and high level of comfort. Rooms are well elevated , decorated and furnished with private en suite facilities of flushing toilets, Bathroom with hot and cold showers heated on solar, mosquito nets, comfortable tropical wooden beds with clean and washed beddings, free bottled water, free toiletries, chairs and tables, slippers mention but few. Rooms have private balconies, verandas and sitting areas, you relax while enjoying the stunning view over the distant hill ngorongoro forest and surrounding area. There is cracking campfires pit where guests relax and share experiences about the Tanzania safari, it also provides warmth to visitors in the nights. Rooms are in different categories and sizes with single beds for individuals, double beds for couples or people, twin and triple/family beds designated for family with different costs ranging from 200$ per night and above sometimes the rate goes slightly high during high/peak season than in Low season.
Sonayi safari lodge offers more services and facilities which include;
A restaurant with high flavored Menu both international (A la carte menu ) and African- inspired meals that meets guests choice .Meals offered include; Continental breakfast ,lunch and dinner serve by well trained, friendly and organized staff. You can have meals in any place of your choice either in dining area or garden overlooking the beautiful landscape, rolling hills and morning sunrises especially in the morning.
A well -stocked bar with a shared lounge offering variety of drinks , local ,cocktail , wines, spirits and international beers, you relax and sip the cocktail or monk tail while overlooking the stunning view of the forest, distant hills and surrounding area .
Services; solar energy available, Free parking space available, offers airport pick -ups and drop-offs, Laundry and house- keeping services available , bottled water available.
Internet WIFI hotspot available at the lodge that enables visitors to keep in touch with their families and friends.
Activities to do while at the lodge; Visiting the close ngorongoro crater and lake manyara national park, nature walks in the park, community walks in the local villages, visiting lake eyasi and many more.
Ngorongoro crater is found in the Northern part of Tanzania close to Ngorongoro conservation area in the great rift valley covering the total area of 8,292km and its 3 million years old . The crater is the best place in East Africa with beautiful breathtaking Views. There are different attractions in the park which include; wild beast migration from Serengeti , Ngorongoro crater , Salei Plains and Ol karien Gorge, Variety flora and Fauna, stunning scenery and many more attractions. The park has different categories of accommodation like; Budget , Mid range and luxury accommodation that are convenient and affordable to guests visiting the area. The park contains short grasses with more high lands and other beautiful volcanoes. The area have over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros and over 100 number of lions, 7,000 wild beasts, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles . The park has different animal including the big five mammals of the world ; lion ,Buffaloes, elephant, leopards ,Rhinos ,zebras , implalas , antelopes and different bird species . There are more different activities to do while in the Park which include ; Game viewing at crater and lake Eyasi view point to different animals migrating , Crater viewing , Cultural visits in the local village, Hiking the Gol Mountains in the remote areas of the park , Crater Rim Nature walks, Bird watching in the park, Visiting archaeological like oldivai gorge museum and many other activities . The Park gives stunning view of the Ngorongoro Crater since it’s the largest caldera in the world and the surrounding areas. There are more masaai mara pastoralists in Ngorongoro park . its 80$ per person entering Ngorongoro park . June –july and late January and February are the best month to travel in Tanzania for a safari especially Ngorongoro side