Paul and Erika Sweet have created a paradise oasis at Twiga Lodge! My husband I and stayed with them for two days before heading out on safari and returned to spend another three days, including a memorable New Year's Eve, with them after our safari. We were especially lucky to meet Paul's parents in from the UK and were welcomed by their friends for the holidays.
When you arrive you are greeted by warm smiles and welcomed in like family from the moment you enter the gates. You will be received with your choice of refreshment as you proceed to the veranda. Where you will be amazed by the lush lawn and vegetation all around you, with sitting areas and hammocks to tempt you to slow down a bit while you visit Twiga Lodge. Mt. Meru will gaze down upon you, as Mt. Kilimanjaro will peek out just over Arusha National Park. You may be so overcome by the view you will miss the viewing tower altogether, where you can catch glimpses of giraffes, elephants, bushbucks, monkeys, and other wildlife. If you look around grounds you will find the most gorgeous rooster named Kaneli, and the delightful cat, Sox. They are a treat and lend their own personalities to an incredible experience.
Paul and Erika are knowledgeable, friendly, gracious hosts and their staff is beyond lovely. We were shown to our room upstairs, which was a double with a loft and en-suite bath with soaking tub/shower. The bed is dreamy. An absolute brilliant night's sleep awaits you. Drinking water and mosquito net are provided, along with an accompaniment of luxurious bath products. The upper level has a wrap around veranda as well and loads of little place to sit and read or simply take in the view. The lodge is magical with African art and decor adorning the walls and large cozy furniture for relaxing a bit.
Meals at Twiga Lodge are scrumptious. Beginning with a hearty and healthy fresh breakfast. At lunch you may have a divine quiche, refreshing salad or barbecue. Dinners begin with a relaxed cocktail hour on the veranda, leading to a delicious creation by Erika and her staff, Ester and Leacardia.
Paul took us into Arusha National Park for the day and we were blown away by his knowledge and professionalism. We came in with a different tour company for our safari, but after meeting Paul and Erika we are committed to Twiga Lodge and Shaw Safaris (their self-drive safari company) for our next adventures! Erika can create a dream itinerary for you and Paul can guide and drive you or prepare you for your successful self-drive safari.
I could not recommend Twiga Lodge and Shaw Safaris with anymore enthusiasm. This is a small business, providing big hospitality. We look forward to returning and taking on a self-drive safari soon. Thank you so much to Paul, Erika, and your amazing staff!
- Also Known As:
- Twiga Hotel Arusha