Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

They aim to provide their guests with something different, simple homey comforts at a reasonable price. They created a small sanctuary on the edge of Karatu town where safari travellers can take a break from the dusty roads and enjoy fresh country cuisine, a cool garden environment and stellar Tanzanian hospitality. All the staff live in the nearby town and surrounding villages, and you’ll find they are eager to please and about as friendly as anyone you’ll find anywhere. Your comfort and pleasure whilst you’re staying with us is our main concern.


They have thirty-two cottages set throughout their lushly landscaped property. Ten rooms in five double cottages are located in their coffee garden.  The rest of the rooms are located surrounding the pool area.

Each cosy room has a mosquito-netted king or twin beds, a dressing area, a fireplace, a large bathroom with a shower and a veranda from which to enjoy the views of our lush tropical gardens. Triples are possible with prior notice and two of the cottages can be used as family suites, with connecting rooms.


Their approach to food is simple and uncomplicated, they serve family favourites and recipes created by Reggie and his team. They source their fruit, vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meats locally to ensure that the ingredients are as fresh as possible. The executive chef, Reggie Bayo is legendary in the area and has been doing what he does best for over twenty-seven years. If you have any dietary restrictions, requests or requirements, be sure to give us ample notice.


Cereal, a selection of seasonal fruits, tea and coffee are on the buffet table. A waiter person will take your order for eggs, bacon and sausage. If you’d like to try some of our local porridge, just let us know.


They serve a famous buffet lunch daily and once a week we feature African specialities. If you’ll be out on safari for lunchtime, you’ll depart with a specially prepared lunch box.


It is served at the table. This is a five-course event, starting with a starter followed by soup. You’ll then enjoy your main course, which could be pork medallions, roast chicken, beef fillet etc. accompanied by potatoes and at least two fresh vegetables. A fresh garden salad comes next, followed by dessert with tea or coffee. Vegetarian entrées are prepared on request.