Luxury accommodation close to Arusha Ttown and Arusha National Park
Kigongoni Lodge has a tranquil hilltop position some 8 km outside Arusha. Welcoming and friendly it offers a comfortable common area with fireplaces and reading nooks a restaurant and spacious cottages all with porches, large bathtubs and wide views.
A relatively new lodge built on a 28ha coffee farm, surrounded by 70 acres of indigenous forest, this attractive and friendly safari lodge boasts excellent views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, and a charming hill-top swimming pool. Kigongoni Lodge offers 18 cottages, all built from local stone, all with open fireplaces, verandas and 4-poster beds. The Kigongoni Lodge restaurant serves a set 3-course meal nightly. There is also a cocktail lounge overlooking the heated swimming pool. Activities at Kigongoni Lodge include guided walks and visits to the Sibusiso Foundation, a center dedicated towards the improvement of the quality of life of a group of mentally disabled children and their families. The foundation is adjacent to the lodge, and supported by it.
The Town of Arusha
One of Tanzania's most developed and fastest growing towns, the bustling ‘Safari Town' of Arusha is a hive of arrival and departure activity as countless 4WD safari vehicles load up with provisions and set off with their passengers into the endless, game-teeming plains of the National Parks. Established in 1900 as a minor German military garrison, Arusha lies halfway between the Cape and Cairo and was once a major trading post for the local Waarusha and Wameru tribes. Nowadays it is not only the country's most active tourism centre but also an important regional business and administrative centre and host to a colourful array of street markets, museums, craft shops, Makonde carving workshops, street cafes, restaurants and bars.
Arusha National Park
The smallest yet one of the most beguiling of Tanzania's National Parks, the 137-sq-km Arusha National Park offers an unrivalled diversity of safari experiences due to the three distinct ecological zones of its composition. Activities range from a trek up the forested slopes of a fifteen million years old extinct volcano called Ngurdoto Crater, the discovery of the seven alkaline and flamingo-frosted Momela Lakes, which are the haunt of some 380 species of water birds, or an ascent to the misted heights of Mount Meru. At 4,566m above sea level Mount Meru is the 5th highest mountain in Africa and offers one of the continent's most rewarding climbs. Once as high as Kilimanjaro, a cataclysmic explosion two hundred and fifty thousand years ago blew out the entire eastern side of the Mountain, leaving only a vast crater and ash cone in its wake.
The safari lodge location
The Kigongoni Lodge is 10 km east of Arusha on the Moshi Road, 1 km before Tengeru, 1 km south of the tarmac road, 40 km (45 minutes) west from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 10 km East from Arusha Airport.
Arusha is connected by daily internal flights with Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mwanza. There are several flights weekly to the Seronera airstrip in Serengeti National Park, Musoma and Shinyanga. There are also frequent flights to Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. Several international airlines have flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is half way between Arusha and Moshi whilst a number of internal flights use Arusha Airport (about 8km out of town).
Your Tanzania luxury lodge safari
The Tanzanian Coffee Industry
Despite the fact that coffee was not planted in Tanzania until the turn of the 20th century, when it was imported by the Jesuit missionaries of Reunion Island, Tanzania is now world famous for the excellence of its coffee, most particularly the luxury Coffea arabica grown on the slopes of Mount Meru and around the Arusha region. This distinctively flavoured coffee provides the foundation for some of the finest blends of coffee in the world and accounts for 75% of Tanzania's coffee exports.
Wildlife highlights around Kigongoni Lodge Arusha: Fauna in Arusha national park includes: black and white colobus monkey, leopard, zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, waterbuck, buffalo, hyena, warthog, baboon, elephant and hippo.
When to visit Kigongoni Lodge
This luxury lodge can be visited at any time of year.
Accommodation: Luxury safari lodge
The lodge offers 18 cottages, each 60 sq m, and one family room (with two bedrooms and one bathroom en-suite). All the cottages have private verandas with views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. All have 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, fireplaces and spacious bathrooms (room service, laundry, early morning tea/coffee, telephone in room, WiFi and airport transfers).
Dining and bars at this luxury safari lodge
The Kigongoni Lodge restaurant serves a set 3-course meal nightly. There is also a cocktail lounge overlooking the heated swimming pool. The cuisine blends international and African style using organically grown vegetables from its own garden. The dining room has an open fire.
The Kigongoni Lodge menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and traditional safari choices as well as numerous international choices.
Conferences and events at the luxury safari lodge
Kigongoni Lodge does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. A wide range of Tanzania incentives can also be arranged in or around the area.
Weddings and honeymoons at Kigongoni Lodge
Kigongoni Lodge makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination.
Child-friendly facilities at Kigongoni Lodge
Kigongoni Lodge welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury lodge safari
Visit to the Sibusiso Foundation
Sibusiso is the most important reason for Kigongoni Lodge's existence. Sibusiso foundation is helping mentally disabled children and their families. More than 1200 children from the north of Tanzania have so far been enlisted in the program which is aimed at developing their skills, improving their independence and supporting and advising their family. Kigongoni Lodge is a major supporter of Sibusiso, which lies adjacent to Kigongoni Lodge. Atty Hammer, who has founded Sibusiso together with her husband, is the Director of both Kigongoni and Sibusiso.
The managers of Kigongoni will be delighted to show you what Sibusiso does with the revenues from Kigongoni
Nature walk through the lodge's 70 acres forest and coffee farm. Guided village walks with cultural experience.
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