My boyfriend and I just returned from Africa and really enjoyed our stay at the Ilboru Safari Lodge. We booked a Kilimanjaro hike through Good Earth Tours and decided to upgrade to the Safari Lodge for our stay in Arusha before and after the hike. It was an excellend choice because this place was beautiful and relaxing.
We arrived in the evening before our hike began the next morning. The staff was very friendly and welcomed us with fresh juice (which was very delicious). They then took us to our room/hut -- which was a beautiful walk through well-taken-care-of gardens -- once inside the room we were very impressed -- it was much more than we expected -- clean linens, hot water, free bottled water, comfy, quiet and relaxing. Just what we were looking for.
The food at the Lodge was also very good. Breakfast is buffet style and complimentary. They have hot food, fresh fruit, juice and coffee bar -- it was excellent. The cook came out to greet everyone (table by table) -- he was very friendly and always made sure everyone was happy with their meal. The dinner menu has quite a variety of different ethnic foods to choose from and is served almost family style (very large portions) -- which was great for the price (very inexpensive). I was very impressed with the food and neither me nor my boyfriend ever had digestive problems.
Important Note: If you take a hot shower and plan to take another hot shower the next day, don't forget to turn the heater on 45 minutes beforehand or else you will be taking a very cold shower your second time around.
Overall, this was a great hotel/lodge and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to relax. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed sitting on the loungers around the pool basking in the sun reading a book. And...the hotel has two computers in the snack bar with free internet...which made it nice to check the status of the Olympics during our stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Ilboru Safari Hotel Arusha