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#3 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Karatu
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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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English, Italian, Swahili
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559Paola wrote a review Aug 2022
Liege, Belgium6 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 3 nights at the monastery, we were really pleased with the whole accomodation. The room is simple but offers very comfortable beds, private bathroom, equipped with mosquito nets. The nuns treated us with abundant meals, tasty and different every day. They were very friendly and supportive for any request. Nice living room with fire place available for all guests, with good wifi. Strategic position: very close to Ngorogoro entrance gate, and 1 hour away from Tarangire.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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James wrote a review Nov 2020
Helsinki, Finland96 contributions69 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
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zuni P wrote a review Nov 2020
Lagunitas, California706 contributions173 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
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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
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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
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Harriet C wrote a review Jul 2018
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The nuns helped us arrange safari trips to Oldopai Gorge and Ngorogoro Crater with knowledgeable, local guides. Guides Frances, Musa and Boniface provided us with insights on the history of Oldopai excavations, the animal world, and indigenous peoples along with the history of Tanzania. Our room was clean and comfortable, and Mary cooked us delicious meals, as well as hosting us on a number of short local tours to see the working farm, a coffee plantation and the nearby schools, partially supported by the nuns. A warm welcome and ready smiles were abundant; we enjoyed our stay and safari!
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Sonntagbauer wrote a review May 2018
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This is an actual monastery with nuns only 10 minutes from the entrance gate of Ngoro Goro. The rooms are nice and clean, the food is excellent (mostly from their own farm).The nuns are very friendly and we were very happy there.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jo C wrote a review Aug 2017
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We were a large family group staying to go to the Crater on safari. The nuns were so freindly and welcoming after a long bumpy journey it was superb/ and after a long day out the next day. The food was fantastic and plentiful all served in a calm atmosphere. The kids were made to feel at home straight away as well. Could have stayed much longer in this oasis.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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joon22bug wrote a review Jul 2016
New Jersey11 contributions2 helpful votes
The accommodations were very comfortable, the food was abundant and delicious and the sisters were extremely hospitable. My family took 2 rooms, each with 2 beds and private bathroom with hot shower. Clean linens were provided. Each morning breakfast was waiting for us at our table in the guest dining room, which included and egg, toast, banana, and tea/coffee. The lunch boxes that we each had to take on our safari trips was enough to feed a lion...pardon the pun. Dinner was always a delicious assortment of local cuisine. We all were able to rest comfortably each night for the 3 nights we stayed, and the Sister's singing their prayers each morning was breathtaking. This was the best accommodations we had during our 2 week stay in Tanzania.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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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 Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.
Does St. Catherine Monastery have airport transportation?
Yes, St. Catherine Monastery offers airport transportation 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.