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Hatari Lodge

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Talk about a room with a view. The Hatari Lodge is a former farm located in woodland on the edge of the Momella swamp, right under Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

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This 'luxury bush hotel' is not only beautifully situated but it's fantastically exclusive. The hotel has three buildings containing only nine rooms, each with an open fireplace and en-suite bathroom.

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Rather unexpectedly, the rooms are decorated in a sort of retro safari style (if such a thing ever existed). Funky plastic furniture and geometric wallpaper from the Sixties and Seventies are accented with sculpted zebra and elephant heads, animal prints, as well as African carvings.

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Sit out on the breakfast terrace and enjoy views of dormant volcano Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro and the Arusha National Park. If you're lucky enough you may see some of the local wildlife too.

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Get up to speed before you get there by watching classic Hollywood movie Hatari!, directed by Howard Hawks. It was filmed in the surrounding landscape (including Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater) and featured John Wayne and a young German actor Hardy Kruger, who later bought the property. RM

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