This is the first place we've been to in Tanzania that we feel fits the name "bed and breakfast". I'm sure there are others, but in our three years we haven't come across them. Everything here was top-notch, tasteful, and with excellent attention to detail (which is rare in Tanzania). The room was clean, spacious and homey. The facility is just beautiful and well-constructed. It feels nice when corners were not cut in the tiling and woodwork. The gardens were groomed and gorgeous, with a nice view of the lake. The staff was really friendly. Breakfast was excellent.
It sits up on the hill overlooking the lake. The neighborhood is pleasant, feels safe, and is far from the noise that I would expect closer to town. There are a couple other hotels very close, and the rooms are cheaper. However, I took tours of both and the rooms and facilities - while clean - did not compare. The experience at Balamaga is top-notch. We went out for dinner at the hotel down the road, and it was good. We'd probably do that again, since there is no food available at Balamaga except for the breakfast.
We only stayed overnight, but sometime we'd like to stay for more than one day so we could relax and enjoy the experience more. We can't praise this bed and breakfast enough, and the price is very reasonable.
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