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St. Catherine Monastery

B144, Kambi Ya Nyoka, Karatu Tanzania
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#2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Karatu
St. Catherine Monastery Guest House is extremely close to the entrance to Ngorongoro which is a perfect place to start your Safari. Our place is running by local nuns who are working hard to support the local community. While at the monastery, you can visit some local’s houses or take a walk around and enjoy our beautiful landscape. We can prepare to-go food for your Safari.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Car hire
Chapel / shrine
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian, Swahili
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James wrote a review Nov 2020
Helsinki, Finland96 contributions64 helpful votes
I found St. Catherine's Monastery when searching for a place for three colleagues and myself to stay in Karatu. The Monastery is relaxed and peaceful, the local environment is beautiful. There is a helpful and friendly team of staff who work within the guesthouse area, the nuns are also involved, equally friendly, and inquisitive. As you would expect the guesthouse is spotlessly clean. The food was excellent. On arrival tea and coffee was available, with homemade biscuits. Dinner consisted of a variety dishes served in a buffet style - tasty and fresh. Herman, the chef, was rightfully proud of his food, it was excellent. For the thirsty guest, alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Breakfast again was a variety of dishes with fresh omelettes cooked to order. I had a lovely time staying at the guesthouse and would highly recommend it to others. The guesthouse staff and nuns provide a wonderful service. For those booking directly, a single room is 65 USD full board, there is flexibility to pay in cash or directly into their bank account. If you can get in contact with the guesthouse manager Japhet through WhatsApp this is the easiest, and quickest, way of booking the rooms.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
2 Helpful votes
zuni P wrote a review Nov 2020
Lagunitas, California652 contributions160 helpful votes
I wished we had gotten their information as we want to return !!! We just loved it so so much If anyone has their phone or email which is better please let me know ... Loved it - lovely food from their garden - the sisters are so happy
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Birdiebat wrote a review Oct 2019
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The welcome you receive in the monastery is second to none and they do all they can to make you feel at home. The guesthouse is situated just outside the Ngorongoro Crater and provides an excellent, lower cost option in contrast to the eye-watering prices inside the crater. It also of offers a welcome alternative to the many foreign-owned hotels and lodges, and give visitors an opportunity to directly support a local community. The guesthouse has over twenty rooms and is extremely clean and comfortable. Rooms are simple, clean and en-suite. This is a sustainable community where almost everything you eat has been produced on the monastery farm, including honey and coffee which you can buy to take home. The money generated from the guesthouse goes to support local people. Currently, the monastery is funding the schooling for a number of orphans and providing cooked food for the nursery children at the nearby school. Members of the community will take guests on tours of the local area, including the farm, primary school and coffee plantation. Whilst this is a monastery, there is absolutely no obligation to attend services unless you wish to. I would recommend this guesthouse to anyone looking for an insight into local life, and a reasonably priced place to stay within a very short distance of some of the best national parks on the continent.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Joanna Wamala wrote a review Jun 2019
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We stayed at St Catherines for two nights. We were three adults and three kids 7, 4 and 3. St Catherines is located outside of Karatu and just 5 minutes from the Ngorongroro park gate. Its location is quiet and peaceful. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent. We appreciated the way they accommodated our family. This is an excellent choice for a budget conscious family.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Ebbe G wrote a review Jul 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel is very quiet and peaceful. It is inside a monastery, so it is nuns running the hotel. They were very nice and friendly. All meals were included in the price. It is located near the gate to Ngorongoro national park. All in all a good experience :)
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
US$96 - US$108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaArusha RegionKaratu
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Catherine Monastery
Which popular attractions are close to St. Catherine Monastery?
Nearby attractions include Elius vincent (7.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St. Catherine Monastery?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at St. Catherine Monastery?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at St. Catherine Monastery?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St. Catherine Monastery?
Conveniently located restaurants include Happy Days Lounge & Lodge, Mambo Cafe Ngorongoro, and Lilac Restaurant.
Does St. Catherine Monastery have an airport shuttle?
Yes, St. Catherine Monastery offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at St. Catherine Monastery?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at St. Catherine Monastery?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, and Swahili.