Arusha and Arusha National Park
Arusha, also called the ‘Safari Capital of Tanzania’, is where you will usually spend one or two nights before, after and sometimes during your safari with us. Over the years we have gotten to know the individual places and their management very well, which is why we have selected a number of high-quality safari-lodges and hotels to incorporate into our itineraries.
Please select a price-range below to browse through our collection of recommended accommodation in the Arusha region:
A very popular low end lodge set in natural surrounding in a leafy suburb of Arusha town. Close to the city-center and banks, it offers small cabin type rooms which do offer some privacy, good value meals, and a new plunge pool to cool off in.
Booking is essential as it can be full during the high season.
l’Oasis Backpackers Paradise
A budget-alternative to the (mid-range) cabins at L’Oasis Lodge & Restaurant is their ‘Backpackers Paradise’ annex, offering 12 twin rooms with communal bathroom facilities. The same care and attention has been taken in its construction and it offers ideal comfort for groups looking after their pennies, good for group kili climbs, reserve the whole annex for pre and post climbs.
You will share all facilities such as the restaurant, pool and cyber-cafe with the rest of the lodge.
A good value budget hotel, located in a leafy suburb 1 km from the center of town, offering easy (walking) access to the shops and banks of Arusha. The hotel offers 23 rooms of different standards; the theme of the lodge is Tinga Tinga art which is painted on walls through out the lodge.
It has a miniature crazy golf course and a pleasant garden setting to relax and get away from the busy Arusha life. Good value quality food is prepared daily by the Dutch owner, a perfect base if wanting to spend a few days in Arusha after a safari or if shopping around.
Tucked away in a quiet residential area of Arusha known as Sekei, L’Oasis Lodge is set in a small private grounds facing Mount Meru with own resident birdlife wandering around on the grounds.
Offering a mix of rooms in the main building along with traditional style accommodation using masai style building practices. There is also cabins built on stilts giving an impressive view to Mt Meru. All twenty six rooms have ‘en-suite’ facilities and are tastefully furnished in an African style.
Ilboru safari lodge
The lodge design is in keeping with it traditional surroundings, located up a dusty side road that heads up into the foot hills of Mt Meru. The rooms are a modern style rondavels with a traditional flavor that is uniquely African.
Each with two self-contained large rooms with twin beds and a balcony out onto the well kept grounds. There are 30 rooms in total of which some may be converted to cater for four VIP suites or family accommodation.
The location, on the flanks on Mount Meru, just outside of town, means you are away from the hustle & bustle of town. It also means you’ll be requiring a taxi to get into and out of the center of Arusha.
Karama Eco Lodge & Spa
Karama Eco Lodge & Spa is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night’s sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Situated at the top of the lush and serene Suye Hill, Karama Lodge & SPA is a unique lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambience providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
The lodge itself consists of twenty-two unique en-suite cabins on stilts to ensure privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below and beyond. All cabins have a verandah with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
Dirk, Inneke and Axel making up the welcome face behind Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage – for sure to rise as one of the best luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha with more comfort and better food than any guesthouse or restaurants.
Opened in August 2006 consist of the main property with 4 doubles suites opening out onto the shared terrace. The adjacent self contained cottage that can accommodate 6 people comfortably, private winding staircases to the swimming pool and cocktail bar. Property offers excellent views over to the Masai steppe and Mt Meru, an outside hippo pool Jacuzzi and flood lit swimming pool all this and more..
Great location for a pre kili climbs, day walks in the foothills of Mt Meru no better way to return from a safari and experience the fine foods freshly prepared by Axel with his fusion of European and African delights.
Ngaresero Mountain lodge
Ngarasero Mountain lodge shrouded in its own great history. A 40 mins drive from Kilimanjaro International airport, and a 20 min pleasant drive out of Arusha.
The original building house that was turned into a guest house back in the 70’s, there is a new building that is tastefully furnished with wooden parka flooring and Persian rugs, private balconies roll out onto the central garden where the lodges horse graze daily. Day rides and cultural walking trips can be arranged with prior notice.
Explore the 50 acres of forest, lake and beautiful gardens which are home to a wide 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 often seen in the forest. This rich habitat is also home to a wide variety of birds.
River Trees Country Inn
Rivertrees country Inn nestled between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, in natural garden setting with resident Skyes monkey population. The lodge has a rustic charm about it with an open sided restaurant area offering views out into the garden.
There is a good size swimming pool to sit back and enjoy an afternoon drink and a good book. This Tanzanian lodge accommodation offers personal service and genuine warmth from the hosts with excellent farm cuisine.
Whether you are traveling on business or looking for a place to start your holiday adventure, the charming old farm house is your ideal base. Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha center – a mere twenty minutes away.
Hatari lodge (Arusha National Park)
Hatari Lodge is situated in Arusha National Park, a 45 mins drive from Arusha town. On the slope of Mount Meru, on clear days it offers impressive views across to the majestic Kilimanjaro. A viewing deck that stretches out over the Momella swamp, rich with wildlife, experience giraffe like never before. Breathtaking views of Mt Meru towering above.
The quite unique “Hatari-Lodge” offers 8 extremely comfortably furnished rooms, each with an open fireplace and a spacious bathroom en suite. Each room has been lovingly decorated in a retro style, evoking the 60’s and 70’s – the time of “Hatari!” the early John Wayne movie that was filmed on location also sparking off the beginning of safaris in Tanzania. Enjoy game viewing from the breakfast terrace; or relax into that favorite novel around the open fireplace.
Kigongoni Lodge is situated only 15 minutes drive form the Arusha town. Set amongst the grounds of an old coffee farm with beautiful forested surroundings. The lodge offers breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru from its hilltop location. Tucked between the trees are fourteen cottages, built in traditional African styles.
All cottages offer open fire places, private balconies to soak up the views. The restaurant spills out onto an open terrace where one can enjoy drinks around a large open fireplace.
Kigongoni Lodge was developed in harmony with the Sibusiso Foundation, a center for improving the quality of life for mentally disabled children and their families, is housed adjacent to the lodge. A casual afternoon walk to visit the center and the children can be arranged with prior notice.
Arusha coffee lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge offers 23 lushly furnished cottages including a honeymoon suite in a converted stable block. Great views over the coffee estate and Mount Meru. All private chalets feature multi-level living, with huge balconies and stunning fireplaces. All rooms are equipped with all mod cons, including a coffee percolator!
Superb standard of dining either on open decks in the shade of large umbrellas or inside the comfortable dinning room with leather lunges and open fire places to relax after dinner. A perfect location to relax with a wooden decked swimming pool and sun-bathing area. Close proximity to Arusha airport for easy flight connection to Zanzibar or any safari destination.
Ngurdoto mountain lodge
Nestled between the foot hills of Mt Meru. The plush Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is located within a lush coffee plantation consisting of 140 acres. It offers an 18 golf course, two swimming pools, and a health and fitness center. This lodge is ideally located between Arusha town and Kilimanjaro International Airport, 27 km either way.
The hotel has 139 rooms including: 30 chalets with 60 rooms, 72 rooms in the main building, 7 presidential suites. Accommodating up to 350 guests.
All rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms, telephones with some offering Jacuzzis. The luxury rooms comprise of spacious beds, with some rooms having a magnificent view of both Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. All the rooms have mini bars, satellite TV’s, tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit lockers. The lodge also offers certain rooms to accommodate disabled guests.
KIA lodge (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
The lodge is located in close proximity to Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) surrounded by the Lala Tembo mountains, enjoy fine views across an enchanting savannah Salei plains.
KIA Lodge has 40 air-conditioned rooms; day rooms are also available if wanting to relax after a safari or a Kilimanjaro climb before heading home. An oasis in every aspect, it has a resort-like feel with bungalows artfully placed amidst a natural landscaped garden. Relax in the open-air bar with late afternoon breezes and an impressive Kilimanjaro looming out of the landscape.
Before connecting with international flights home enjoy open air dinning on the verandah, your favorite cocktail around the fire-pit, or take a swim in the stunning pool percehed on top of a small hill offering 360° view of the surrounding landscape.
Moivaro coffee lodge
Set against the backdrop of Mount Meru, a short drive from Arusha town through a tunnel of jacaranda tress to this quiet oasis. Situated on an old coffee plantation, Moivaro is surrounded by natural beauty.
There are 25 individual guest cabins on well manicured lawn, idyllically set in the shade of exotic trees. The rooms are simple, with the flavor of African designs on white washed walls; each has an en suite bathroom with modern facilities. The main building contains a dining room and verandah for open air dinning, as well as a bar, internet and games room. Enjoy sundowners and views to Mt Meru from the swimming pool.
Mt Meru game lodge sanctuary
Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary is located 18 kilometers east of Arusha town on the main Nairobi – Moshi road and just 20 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Lodge comprises 17 Double or Twin en-suite Bedrooms. All rooms have a veranda with comfortable chairs for lazing in the peaceful surroundings, or watching the animals and birds. The Terrace, shaded by enormous old Mango Trees, enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens.
The Sanctuary was conceived to provide refuge to orphaned, injured and displaced animals and to prepare them for their return to the wild. A great start to any Tanzanian safari holiday, with resident wildlife wandering around the grounds.
The lodge has its own history and became a very popular stop over for many VIP’s and Government visitors from the 1960’s 70’s. Various Presidents of African Countries, celebrities, and members of European Royal Families stayed at the Lodge and a visit to the Sanctuary was always included in the official itineraries. The Lodge was conceived to provide superior accommodation to discerning animal lovers visiting Tanzania.
An mid-range, upscale hotel located in an exclusive residential area just outside Arusha city centre. It commands majestic views of Mt Meru. Kilimanjaro International Airport is 55 min away.
The hotel has over 160 elegantly designed rooms all with en suite bathrooms, mini bars, satellite channels and in room safe. The hotel provides numerous facilities including 4 specialty restaurants offering Chinese, Indian, Continental and Italian cuisine, tastefully finished bars, outdoor swimming pool, state of the art conference centre, business centre, bureau de change and guest laundry services.
A popular hotel for business people and for those leaving or returning from safari and climbs.
Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru hotel is situated at the foot of Mt. Meru. with Kilimanjaro International airport only 1hour away. The top-end hotel has a total 168 guestrooms and suites with bathroom en-suite and cable TV.
There is a swimming pool and Gymkhana golf course – if golf is your passion then put in 9 holes before breakfast with the impressive back drop off Mt Meru. Ideal location for your conference, seminars, workshop, corporate parties, board meetings, press meetings, the hotel offers conference rooms and a catering for up to 200 delegates.
Kibo Palace Hotel opened its doors in January 2006. This top-end city hotel offers 63 rooms, featuring 41 executive suites complete with internet connection, conference facilities, and continental restaurant with varying menus to choose from.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Arusha town with drinks around the outdoor swimming pool. Professional quality of service, a good choice for the family holiday or company product launch. International Standards hence being able to accommodate the most discerning business or leisure travelers.
The Arusha hotel
In the heart of this historical town, lies the well renowned Arusha Hotel. After a major face lift it is a sparkling renaissance of its old self, the Arusha invites you to a unique 5 star experience in northern Tanzania.
With 65 executive rooms including deluxe and suites offering luxurious facilities and personalized services. These rooms are ideal for families, business travelers, group and incentive travel or simply for those craving a little luxury before and after their safari.
All guest rooms include the following facilities a direct dial telephone with a data port for internet access, writing desk, hairdryer, electronic safe and tea coffee making facilities.
For those wishing to start the day with a few laps the heated swimming pool is a great treat. For cuisine you will be spoilt for choice, with a recent addition of a sushi bar by the poolside, along with three other restaurants for that ultimate dining experience.