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  • pool
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Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Lodge 8.5 Rating
Price 197 190 190 190 170 170 190 190 190 190 190 150 197 USD
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Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
is located in the Arusha area in the northern region of Tanzania.

It is a high-end option set on an historic estate was once owned by the Von Trappe family, of "The Sound of Music" fame. It is a very pleasant semi-rural location around 20km to the east of town and offers possible views of Kilimanjaro should the clouds which usually obstruct the view of the summit from this side suddenly choose to clear.

The lodge is set in beautiful grounds. From the vehicle turnaround one first crosses a quaint footbridge over a trout lake before climbing through beautiful tropical gardens to lodge. The glorious old farmhouse contains lovely public areas downstairs plus three authentic guest suites upstairs. The remaining ten guest rooms are located in a more modern annex to the rear.

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is personally hosted by the lovely owners, Tim and Katya Leach, whose family have lived here since the early 1970's, so you can expect excellent levels of service.

The lodge is reasonably convenient for Kilimanjaro International Airport and is most commonly used as a first night.

There is good walking and horse-riding in the immediate area, as well as trout fishing in the lake, yoga and meditation sessions.

It should be noted that the lodge is relatively expensive, one of the higher priced options in Arusha.

Whilst we absolutely adore the original old farmstead, one of the oldest buildings in the region, we do feel that some of the more recent additions to the estate are not to the same standard, notably the main garden rooms, which are relatively small and simple for a property of this stature.

We also feel that the swimming pool area is not very attractive.

One last criticism, and one which is completely unreasonable, is that the area of the lodge is now rather surrounded by semi-rural development. This does not impact immediately on the lodge, which is contained within a 20 hectare patch of woodland, but we can't help wondering what it must have been like when the farm was first founded in the middle of an enormous forest. That's progress.

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