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“Excellent! Home away from Home.” 5 of 5 stars
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Kaliwa Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Machame Road, Moshi PO BOX 1962, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
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“Excellent! Home away from Home.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at Kaliwa Lodge from March 1st to March 4th, we were in Moshi for the Kilimanjaro run. We fell in love with the Bauhaus design with its clean and modern look. Loved the fact that it was a small lodge which allowed a personlized service. Joel, Glory and the rest of the staff made our stay super special giving the lodge a home feeling rather than a hotel feel. They were very accommodating, helpful and courteous.
The best gift was the view of the snowy tip of Kilimanjaro from the outdoor seating area.

We were in Moshi last year for another run and had a very bad experience at the hotel we stayed. We are glad to discover Kaliwa it will definitely be the place we will go every year when we do marathons in Moshi, Tanzania.

Betty & Nicola

Room Tip: We stayed in the room facing the forest (very back of the lodge), and it was very quiet and the glas...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I had a 2 + 2 + 1 nights stay in the lodge and was amazed by the 'Bauhaus' architecture, which reduces the buildings to pure necessity and invites the beautiful landscape into the rooms. Bed, chair, rack, shower, toilet, sink, small terrace, glass front. All good quality, reduced to what you need, very clean, new and well maintained. The garden is great and you have a beautiful view into the river valley and the forests around. Tropical birds sing their songs (even during the night) and you feel like paradise. You have the choice to have the meals indoor (with good view outside) or outdoor in the beautiful garden. I used to have breakfast, sometime lunch and always dinner in the lodge. Absolutely lovely and nothing to complain. Whenever you need help, somebody is awailable to assist and make your wishes come true. If the cloud layers allows you have a great view to the Kili, not far north of the lodge. Especially at sunset the top glows and you can watch this from a deck chair in the garden, sipping a cool drink.
The lodge is well fenced, Massai guards stroll around in the lodge during night to make you feeling totally secure. Another highlight is the open fire place in the common lodge area, where you enjoy the meals or may hang around to relax or prepare for a tour.
All tours for me (Meru and Kili) were perfectly organized, a trip to Moshi was also organized even on short notice. I booked the lodge for the end of the dry season well ahead, which I would recommend due to peaks at some seasons.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Machame Road, Moshi PO BOX 1962, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kaliwa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new design lodge is situated at a height of 1300m on the foothills of Mt.Kilimanjaro and it is just a few minutes away from Machame Gate, the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. The small bustling town of Moshi which is roughly 20km from the lodge, can be reached easily thanks to the good tarmac roads. The exclusive location of the lodge, just above a lush green valley offers direct views of Kibo with its white glaciers. ... more   less 
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