- Lovely grounds
- Excellent Service
- Coffee Plantation
- Spa and pool
To the west of the town of Arusha in Northern Tanzania, Arusha Coffee Lodge is positioned between the northern safari routes and Mt Kilimanjaro, ideal for both mountain climbers and safari travellers to enjoy a little luxury en-route.
This pleasant sanctuary on the lower slopes of Mt Meru is only a 10 minute trip from Arusha airport and lies in the sprawling grounds of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation.To understand just how seriously coffee is taken in these parts, you should definitely take the 90 minute coffee tour, which takes you from the field to cappuccino and will help you appreciate why the Arusha Estate is one of the world's finest small scale coffee producers.
The Arusha Coffee Lodge is owned and run by Elewena so the quality and level of service is excellent, it is family friendly and an ideal stop over before heading out on safari. Whilst the lodge is set alongside the main road out to the west the buildings are set back a good distance so there is minimal road noise. The luxury plantation suites (of which there are 18) overlook the neat rows of berry laden coffee bushes in the plantation. The rooms have 4 poster beds, a split-level seating area, an open fireplace, en suite bathrooms and a personal bar.
A large wooden deck leads to the communal areas which host boutique shops, a spa and pool, a cafe bistro with it's own wood burning pizza oven and the Plantation restaurant which serves gourmet food. (There is also a 4-course alfresco buffet hosted daily in the garden).
There are lots of interesting things to do from visiting the Museum of Natural History to a trip to explore the the world's only tanzanite mine. There is also the Masaai market on Faya road and Cultural Heritage which, specialises in African crafts and carvings, gem stones and clothes. There are a number of activities for children to enjoy from splashing around in the pool to a wooden 'Jungle Gym' play area or for older kids perhaps a day trip to the Mt Meru National park for a game drive or you can play tennis and golf nearby. There are no specific family rooms but baby cots are available and extra beds can be made up in the rooms to accommodate children. We would however advise children be accompanied by an adult especially at night.
The majority of visitors stay in the Arusha Coffee Lodge for perhaps 1 or 2 nights, before setting off on a Tanzanian North safari such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara safari or the Kilimanjaro treks.
- Peaceful Arusha location
- Boutique Guesthouse
- Perfect pre or post safari
- Swimming Pool & Restaurant
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019