- 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
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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