- 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
- Swimming pool
- Wildlife Sanctuary
- Convenient for Kilimanjaro Airport
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your email! It was amazing thank you! We had the best time, everything ran smoothly (aside from a break-down due to faulty clutch on day 1 of the tour, but our guide / driver sorted that and we were back on track by that evening). Saw all the things we wanted to see, even a mum and cub cheetah. Our boys have had such a different holiday and a fab taste of the world! Thank you so much for organising this for us. We’d definitely recommend our guide/driver (Tuhafeni) and assistant (Frans) again. Nicola
Nicola T reviewing Highlights of Namibia - Family Group Tour on 18 August 2023