is located in the Arusha
area in the northern
region of Tanzania
This medium sized lodge offers reasonable mid-range accommodation in a very pleasant semi-rural location around 7km to the east of town.
It sits on an extremely large plot, part of an old coffee plantation with extensive gardens containing with a decent pool.
Entering along a 100 metre driveway, we reach the vehicle turnaround and enter the main building, with the summit of Mount Meru wonderfully framed by the pitch of the roof straight ahead. There is a bar to the right and a dining room to the left, whilst on the far side is a lovely long terrace looking out over the gardens. Guest accommodation is in 40 guest cottages, but they are so tucked away amongst the lush foliage that you would never know. Most are free-standing, but there are some family units too.
The lodge is reasonably convenient for Kilimanjaro International Airport and caters specifically for late arrivals, with a light evening meal.
The lodge is part of the Moivaro Lodges collection, which is owned by Dutchman Gijs de Raadt, a very friendly and rather eccentric chap who we are proud to have as a very close friend. He is utterly commited to providing gainful employment to as many Africans as he possibly can and runs his business accordingly. The quality and reliability of his properties may be quite variable, but his ethos is unshakeable.
As you might easily guess, Moivaro Lodge was his first, the founding member of the collection. We have been closely involved with Gijs since the earliest days and for some years our staff were actually based here. We have very fond memories of the place and a very intimate knowledge of the lodge, its staff and surroundings.
We are particularly keen on the walking in the immediate area, there are some lovely volcanic foothills, shamba farms, coffee plantations and pretty villages to explore. Real Africa.
The lodge is a relatively large size, with forty guest rooms, although as we mentioned above, you would never know. Over the years the lodge has always suffered from variable levels of service and questionable maintenance.
Some people might complain about the long bumpy access road, although it really isn't a big deal in the greater scheme of things.PricesSeasonsTrips