We stayed at Kudu Lodge and Camp in Karatu Town Tanzania for 2 nights while on safari to Serengeti.
The gardens are beautiful and the swimming pool looked great although we didn't get a chance to try it. The rooms are a good size although the shower was cold on the first night.
The Lodge itself is set in a beautiful tropical garden with so many colourful birds that don't stop singing it's like staying in a bird sanctuary.
We had a huge Tembo bungalow first (3 rooms, almost too big for us two), after our safari we stayed in a Serengeti suite, which was truly fantastic. But also the smaller bungalows seemed in a good state and compared to other places the prices seems very fair.
There's a brand-new big pool with a funny pool bar, lots of places to sunbath, always friendly staff. Pool truly is fantastic, but you have to take a (cold) shower downstairs before you swim - that's the only negative.
You can also relax in the gardens or at the bar (lots of comfy chairs outside and inside). The restaurant area is nice and food and wine are great, also the lunch boxes for the trips were a good offer.
Overall, the place gives you a good feeling, it seems well
kept and constantly new built / improved and the staff are so nice. Seems a lot
has changed since the last guide-books articles were writen... It's a very
relaxing retreat after a dusty safari and it's a lot closer to the big parks
than the Arusha-locations. Also, the Kudu-organized Safaris are really
recommended, they have great guides and equipment and prices are fair.
And, last but not least, this lodge is (sadly) one of the only Tanzanian-owned in the area. That means your big safari-money doesn't disappear in the European /American or South African pockets as in all the other places. That was a big plus for us!