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Arusha Coffee Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Lovely grounds
- Excellent Service
- Coffee Plantation
- Spa and pool

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Overview

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.

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- Lovely ground
- Family rooms
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- Swimming pool
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- Convenient for Kilimanjaro Airport

Suggested Itineraries for Arusha Coffee Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Superb 9 day fly-in safari featuring superb Asilia Camps in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Highlands and the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $7,209 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $896 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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