Safari Lodging

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Arusha City

Arusha is the most convenient area to stay while going on Safari or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru. The lodges here are convenient to Kilimanjaro Internatioanl Airport (JRO) as well as to the Arusha Airport. The top 3 lodges in Arusha are Arumeru River Lodge and Arusha Coffee Lodge. Arumeru River Lodge is our first pick for accommodations in Arusha and is commonly used on your arrival night and also before your departure as a day room. Arumeru River Lodge is recommended because of its well-appointed rooms, tranquil surrounding and convenient location between the international and domestic airports. Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge offers the best walking safari and game viewing options in Arusha while Ngurdoto Mountain Lodges boasts the only golf course in northern Tanzania. Kia Lodge offers clean, comfortable rooms in a convenient location.

ARUMERU RIVER LODGE

Arumeru River Lodge is one of the very nicest lodges in Arusha. The excellent accommodations, combined with a near perfect location, makes Arumeru River Lodge our top pick for your first night's welcome to the gracious and beautiful country of Tanzania!

Location

It is ideally located just 20 minutes from Arusha and 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Lodge makes an excellent place to relax after your late arrival into Kilimanjaro airport, and the perfect place to jumpstart your safari the next morning. Awake to a stunning view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and early morning drive to Arusha airport to take a short flight into the middle of the Serengeti and begin your real adventure.

Accommodations

The beautiful Arumeru River Lodge consists of 20 large, comfortable double/twin chalets with private en suite bathrooms. Each chalet is well appointed with a writing desk, safari chairs, coffee table, nightstands, and a separate sitting nook. The bathroom contains a double vanity with mirror, a spacious shower, and a flushing toilet. The beds are comfortable and draped in mozzie nets. The décor has a definite African flair, including fabric prints and hanging wall art. Each room is decorated with fresh flowers, and a ceiling fan provides a cool breeze in the African night. Furthermore, each room also has an elegant veranda with chairs overlooking the gardens.

The main building at Arumeru River Lodge has extremely unique and open architecture, with reception, lounges, restaurant, fireplace, terrace, all tastefully decorated in African designs. There is a large terrace restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining, serving exquisite international and African cuisine, a la carte and buffet. A sunken fire pit and ample seating inside the lounge provides a cozy atmosphere in the evenings. The meticulously manicured grounds at Arumeru River Lodge are quite stunning

Features

  • • Prime location midway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha's Regional Airport
  • • Opportunity for spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • • Full English breakfast is served daily in the restaurant and on the terrace from 6:30-10 a.m.. A continental breakfast can be arranged if you are departing earlier.
  • • Complimentary coffee and tea are available for our guests in the lounge throughout the day. Freshly backed pastries and cakes are served free of charge between 4-6 p.m.
  • • Cocktail hour at the bar is between 6-7 p.m., where drinks are served half price
  • • Dinner is served from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. in the main dining room
  • • Lunch is served between 12-2:30 p.m., or boxed meals to go are also available
  • • Laundry service is available for a fee
  • • A fully stocked bar in the reception area is quite welcoming
  • • Entertainment - a selection of popular games are available for guests in the lounge.
  • • Fully stocked gift shop and boutique, offering unique souvenirs as well as stamps, postcards, clothes, films, books, toiletries, curios
  • • Shampoos and soap is available in the bathroom
  • • Internet and faxes are available for a fee
  • • Phones are available in each room
  • • Luggage storage is available for those going on safari or tour
  • • Babysitting
  • • Swimming pool, heated with solar power, complete with dedicated showers and restrooms
  • • There is a small library and board games in the lounge
  • • Local tours and shopping excursions are available nearby, including cultural tours, Arusha National Park, and shopping excursions
  • • Resident artist that daily hand-carves elegant African collectibles out of ebony wood for sale in the gift shop - he works daily you can go see his "shop" outside on the staff grounds

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ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE

After the long flight, you will be rewarded by this cozy and serene lodge built around a working coffee plantation with excellent food, comfortable furnishings and superb coffee.

Location

The Arusha Coffee Lodge is located a solid 1-hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport, which can be too tiring to make the drive. If you are arriving via Dar es Salaam instead of Kilimanjaro then the Arusha Coffee Lodge makes the perfect choice. The lodge is conveniently located about 5 minutes away from the Arusha airstrip, which is the main hub for all the intra Tanzania flights to and from the famous game parks. It is also relatively close in proximity to several good shopping areas.

Accommodation

The lodge consists of 23 luxury chalets which are creatively decorated. Each chalet is spaced throughout the lush coffee grove to ensure privacy and solitude. The beds are very comfortable and furnishings are top quality with lots of interesting coffee themed artifacts. There is even a little sitting room with couch and chairs off from the bedroom. The bathrooms are grand with nice fixtures including bath and shower. One of the nicest features is the private wooden deck attached to each chalet which overlooks the coffee plantation. As the majority of arrivals are at night, the deck offers a great morning spot to experience your first sights and sounds of Africa. You might spot the first wildlife of your safari as vervet monkeys can be seen as they clamber around.

The main lodge structure and area is surprisingly large and interesting. There is a nice swimming pool and spa area behind the reception and restaurant. The gift shop is located in this main complex and houses some great gift ideas though it’s a bit pricey compared to the local shops. Maps and the very informative national park booklets can be purchased here. The lodge also has a wonderful bar and lounge area which offers a great atmosphere.

Food and Drink

Arusha Coffee Lodge is home to the reputable Redds African Grill House. The food here is excellent and the menu diverse. Most of the ingredients are supplied by local farms. There is a variety of main stream choices as well as local and African dishes. The bar area can get quite lively at night and is a great place for a few after dinner drinks.

Breakfast is simple yet good and consists of an assortment of cereals, breads, fruits and traditional egg dishes. Lunches are usually barbeque style while a variety of dishes are offered at dinner.

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NGARE SERO MOUNTAIN LODGE

Set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is the ideal base for a safari. The lodge was created from a farmhouse built at the turn of the century. It has just ten rooms and provides personal service to Lodge residents only. Thick walls, heavy timber beams and period décor, impart comfort and charm. The gardens contain a profusion of trees and flowers, two hundred species of birds have been recorded. Troupes of Sykes and colobus monkeys inhabit the forest and grounds. The keen angler can try his hand at still-water fly-fishing for specimen rainbow trout.

Accommodation

There are eight garden rooms each of approximately 40 square meters furnished with double bed and a third occasional bed. In the main house are two suites of approximately 55 square meters. These share the main balcony and the Kilimanjaro view.

Location

The Lodge is 20 km east of Arusha on the Moshi Road. Just 1.5 km from the main road is a jacaranda avenue leading to a foot-bridge. The Lodge is reached by crossing the lake and climbing steps up through the gardens or by driving around our forest reserve to reach the car park. It is equidistant between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and the Arusha Airport, both of which are reached in about half an hour. We can meet guests at the airports and transfer them between the lodge and Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport. KLM has daily flights direct from Europe.

Meals

The meals at the lodge are very tasty. Breakfastsinclude seasonal fresh fruit and juice, cereals, homemade breads served with locally made jams and marmalade, fresh free range farm eggs cooked to order and served with bacon and tomato. Lunch may include cheeses, fresh fruits and salads, some fresh fish, curries of chicken and vegetable with basmati rice and condiments or a vegetarian meal with steamed vegetable, curries and salads with brown rice. Dinners may start with soup of the day from fresh vegetables and hors de oeuvres. Then enjoy a main dish of Chicken, fresh fish, local flavors and vegetables and topped off with delicious desserts. Coffee or tea served beside the fireplace

Activities

Nature Walk – Explore the fifty acres of forest, lake and beautiful gardens which will reveal an array of indigenous and exotic flora and fauna. Cold springs rise in the forest and feed a crystal clear lake containing barbel and trout. Troops of Sykes monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys are to be seen in the forest. This rich habitat contains a great diversity of birds. If you are a herpetologist you will enjoy the species diversity along the lake shore.

Bird watching – Over two hundred species of birds have been observed around Ngare Sero including 16 species of herons and resident fish eagles. Over five hundred species of birds occur in the Arusha area. We offer to show ornithologists other great locations for bird watching in the diverse habitats on the slopes of Mount Meru.

Culture Tour – Let one of our staff walk you through the villages of his Wameru people. Observe their intensive agro-forestry practices of mixed farming and livestock keeping.

Coffee Farm Tour – Let us arrange a two hour tour of our neighbouring coffee farm. You will be guided on a beautiful one hour walk around the coffee plantation, then learn about coffee processing at the factory. Finish the tour by enjoying a fresh cup of coffee with cakes of choice.

Trout Farm Tour – Down stream from the cold water Ngare Sero springs is our rainbow trout farm where we organically culture trout to provide our guests with fresh fish and to stock the lake. We generate our own electricity with a hydroelectric turbine to power most of the trout farm and lodge. Let us show you around this environmentally friendly method of aquaculture.

Trout Fishing – Try your hand at still water fly fishing for specimen rainbow trout. Bring your own fly rod or use one of ours. Take your catch to the kitchen where we will prepare the fish to your liking. Our record catch is 3.6kg or 8lbs.

Horse Riding – Learn or practise horse riding in our dressage size paddock or venture along the sawdust trails within the grounds of Ngare Sero Lodge. If you are a confident rider, our syce will guide you through village and forest trails along the valleys and ridges of Mount Meru.

Yoga and Meditation – Take private or group Hatha and Ashtanga yoga classes by the lake under the forest canopy. Learn meditation techniques or just meditate in the calm serenity of Ngare Sero Lodge. Yoga groups are welcome to bring their own yoga instructors. We provide organic vegetarian and health foods. Special requests are welcome.

Massage – On request we arrange either Chinese, Swedish or healing Ayurvedic massages which are ideal for before and after a safari.

Sauna – Take a sauna then dare a cold dip in the refreshing swimming pool.

Swimming – Swim or relax in the 30 metre pool amid the colourful gardens of ginger, bougainvillea, heliconia and jacaranda trees, with a splendid view of Mount Meru.

Croquet – Enjoy or learn to play a relaxing game of croquet while sipping a drink of choice.

Romantic Dinner – Enjoy the ambience of a romantic dinner and drinks, al fresco, under the forest canopy by the lake to the accompaniment of nature's night chorus.

Pure Relaxation – We promise you absolute serenity and peace from noise pollution at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge. Just enjoy the natural chorus of sounds from the forest and lake.

Drives and Treks Mt. Meru and Arusha National Park

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KIA LODGE

KIA Lodge’s convenient location, situated less than 5 minutes from the Kilimanjaro airport, makes it an ideal position for fatigued travelers seeking a good night's sleep to springboard the rest of their safari vacation. KIA Lodge serves as an economical choice for those travelers interested in a comfortable lodge to base the rest of their travels.

Accommodations

The lodge consists of 40 rooms in individual thatched chalets, or round "bungalows." Each chalet is spaced throughout the wonderful acacia tree property on winding stone pathways. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and equipped with air conditioning (although you will unlikely have a need for it.) Each room is pleasantly decorated with Makonde woodcarvings, and is appointed with a small writing desk and charming wicker chairs. You may choose either a double room (equipped with two twin beds) or a larger room (equipped with a third bed for families.)

The main lodge structure and common areas are very nice and consist of an open sided restaurant, an open air terrace bar above the restaurant and a superb swimming pool area on top of a hill. The open air bar offers a spacious and relaxing environment to enjoy a dink after dinner or meet other guests. However, the real highlight of KIA lodge is the swimming pool terrace which is set on top of a hill above the bar. From this area there are amazing 360 degrees panoramic views of the surrounding area including Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Location

KIA Lodge is located only a few minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and is roughly half way between the small cities of Arusha and Moshi. The outskirts of Arusha lie just 30 minutes to the west of the lodge. A few miles to the northeast is Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and to the northwest is Mount Meru.

Food and Drink

The food at KIA Lodge is very good. Since many of the guests staying at KIA will be arriving on the late night KLM flight, a wonderful buffet dinner is set up just after the plane lands at about 9.30 pm. The staff at KIA Lodge will even delay the cooking and preparation should the plane be late to ensure a superbly fresh meal for weary guests. One special item worth mentioning is the particularly delicious desserts (including cream puffs on some occasions!).

Breakfast is very good, as well. The typical buffet style is offered here, or you may choose to pack a picnic breakfast to go. Lunch is usually a picnic lunch incorporated into your safari on your first day 'in the bush' after departing KIA Lodge.

Features

  • • Prime location less than 5 minutes from the airport
  • • Opportunity for spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • • Shopping
  • • Swimming pool on hilltop location, with excellent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and the Blue Mountains
  • • Open sided bar with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • • Excellent restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (or boxed meals to go)
  • • Business center
  • • Air conditioning
  • • Day rooms are available
  • • Local tours

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