Ilboru Safari Lodge
is located in the Arusha
area in the northern
region of Tanzania
This simple locally owned lodge offers functional mid-range accommodation.
It is set on a reasonably large plot in a suburb to the north of town, not a particularly salubrious spot, it certainly feels right in the thick of it when you first arrive, but ultimately not that unpleasant either.
The lodge has, for many years, been the home base for The African Walking Company, our main outfitter for Kilimanjaro treks, and certain group treks stay here either side of the expedition.
It is owned by a very colourful local character, an old fashioned army man who apparently trained at Sandhurst with his doppelganger Idi Amin. It is very much a family affair, which attempts to operate with military precision.
The main building contains extensive lounge and dining areas, all in the local Arusha style, or somewhere between that and an expat owned lodge.
The immaculate gardens contain an absolutely enormous pool, one in which you could actually train rather than just splash around.
Guest accommodation is in simple rondavels, two rooms to each structure, rather incongruously set amongst elegant English rose gardens.
The lodge delivers reasonably reliable service. Almost all the staff are children and grandchildren of the owner and most are pretty sharp, although there are a few who you suspect might be very used to getting a sharp clip around the ear.
The lodge is well priced, certainly compared with most of the higher rated accommodation in the area.
The main downside is the relatively busy suburban setting. We would usually prefer to stay further out of town. The approach to the lodge can be quite disturbing for someone arriving in Africa for the first time, it certainly doesn't seem like the kind of road where a decent lodge might be located.
It must also be said that the accommodation is perhaps tonally not up to expectations. You do need to remember that this is a locally owned lodge, which is relatively rare. There is a big gap in taste being bridged here.
Finally it is perhaps worth emphasising that the facilities are quite simple. But you can see that in the pictures.PricesSeasonsTrips