With the shiny glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro and the treacherous peaks of dormant volcano Mount Meru keeping watch, Hatari is a unique lodge where Hollywood history,  funky retro design and a parade of colourful creatures – from black-and-white colobus monkeys to shocking-pink flamingos – all come together.

Hatari is set on the northern border of Tanzania’s Arusha National Park, an area akin to a ‘little Serengeti’: Ngurdoto Crater is smaller than its bigger cousin Ngorongoro but nearly as legendary. The Momella Lakes are home to water fowls and lazy hippos, and are short walk from your doorstep, and, of course, there are endless plains for spectacular game viewing.

The lodge itself was once home to the cast and crew of the biggest-grossing movie of 1962, Hatari!, which starred John Wayne as a hapless animal wrangler. The elephants in the movie inspired Henry Mancini’s famous Baby Elephant Walk composition, and today, guests can also be amused by the playful antics of the baby ellies and their protective mothers at Hatari’s private jetty that runs to a popular watering hole. Hatari’s nine rooms have been stylishly inspired by the ‘Op Art’ designs of the 1950s and 1960s, with many components designed and custom-made in Tanzania to support various co-operatives and charity initiatives.


  • Offbeat décor in homage to the 50s & 60s
  • Excellent wildlife & birding
  • Game drives & safari walks
  • Mount Meru hiking tours

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Hatari Lodge consists of three lovingly-restored farmstead buildings nestled in a grove of sweetly-fragranced acacia trees. The largest houses the cosy lounge and dining area, and the breakfast terrace often hosts a passing parade of visiting warthogs and curious giraffes. Guests can choose to take meals at a communal table, perfect for swapping stories of the day’s game drive or hiking highlights. Linking the garden with the interior, the long bar is a good spot for a post-dinner nightcap, while the wooden jetty snakes its way to the nearby watering hole, which is great for game spotting by day and shooting-star gazing by night. Pluck a volume from the thoughtfully-stocked library and curl up by the open fireplace in the sitting room before going to bed in the quite bliss of the African night.

General Facilities

    Laundry service


The team of chefs at Hatari Lodge create a tasty fusion of international cuisine with an African twist. Featuring fresh ingredients and focusing on wholesome and healthy fare, each meal is carefully planned, from the early breakfast buffet and grill to the convivial evening dinners around the central dining table. A mouth-watering selection of delicacies is always available, whether dainty cakes and savouries for afternoon high tea, or a delicious picnic lunch as you explore the primeval wonders of Arusha National Park on a day trip.

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Hatari Lodge has arguably the most striking décor in this part of the world. Inspired by the milieu of the 1960’s smash-hit movie Hatari!, the designers commissioned craftsmen in Dar es Salaam to make the unique ceramics, wash basins and wooden furniture found in the nine bedrooms. The ‘modern retro’ bed linen – in typically funky greens, whites and classic Sixties’ ‘burnt orange’ - was created by the women of a nearby village, while the carpets were woven by a women’s co-operative and the sisal mats by a local church group. Even the wallpaper is custom designed and made! In addition to their playful designs, the bedrooms all have large en suite bathrooms with signature amenities and walk-in showers, log fireplaces for cooler evenings and private verandahs from which to enjoy a morning cuppa and the sunrise over northern Tanzania.


    En-suite bathroom
    Outdoor area


  • Canoeing
  • Day tours
  • Full-day safaris
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 15 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017 $370 Game Package
  • 16 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $450 Game Package
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $475 Game Package
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $385 Game Package
  • 01 Jul 2018 - 14 Oct 2018 $475 Game Package
  • 15 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 $385 Game Package
  • 16 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $475 Game Package

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Junior Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Magnificent views, wildlife wandering right past the lodge and the stylish (or quirky if you prefer) decor makes this lodge a great choice. I love the idea of easing into a safari and Hatari would be one of my first options for a pre safari stay near Arusha. The location truly is outstanding."



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