Ngare Sero earned a place as one of my most favorite places to stay in the entire world.
This lodge is a very special place whose uniqueness, comfort and decadence is a product of owners who genuinely love where they live and who equally love sharing this piece of paradise with visitors.
Katya, Tim and the entire staff at Ngare Sero expertly tailor your visit and make you feel like a very special guest in someone's home. After many great adventures in Kenya and Rwanda, my girlfriend and I were excited to take a few days to relax and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of Africa. Katya arranged for the driver (Benny was awesome!) to meet us at the airport and welcomed us as soon as we arrived. She sat down with us over an exquisite candlelight dinner to learn about us, our travels and how we hoped to spend our three days in Arusha.
She was very honest in how the rainy season would affect some of our options and helped us decide on some great alternatives that would be less impacted by the rains. There is a whole list of things to do around the property and there is no doubt you will find something amazing to do whether your goal is to relax or to have great adventures.
Tim and Katya also gave us a personal tour of the property, explaining its history, how it functions and how hard they work to protect the naturally beautiful environment around them. This tour was a definite highlight of my trip and Tim and Katya are just really cool people who are easy to hang out with.
During our stay we got a tour of the local village, went shopping in Arusha and got a great massage. They even had the kitchen staff make me a birthday cake once they found out it was my birthday!
The rooms themselves are very large and well decorated and include a living room area, bedroom, fantastic shower, a dressing area and a separate bathroom. There is Internet, but no TV (not that I would have ever watched it). These are as comfortable rooms as Ive ever stayed in. I got great sleep in these rooms and was very comfortable.
We will definitely return, maybe during the great migration or to climb Kili, but either way we know we will feel at home at Ngare Sero.
I would like to send a special thank you to Gerald, Dottie, Benny and the whole staff. They are EXCEPTIONAL at customer service. Please know we appreciated your world class service and our great conversations. We hope to see you again very soon.
This is really a special place and you will love your time there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to relax and simmer in the immense beauty of East Africa. The Lodge has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century and it is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha.It offers only 10 garden rooms, 2 main house suites and pool cottage with 2 bedrooms, and provides personal service for its residents since 1974. Here you can spend the days amid nature, watching the changing colors of the Kilimanjaro glaciers while sipping drinks on the verandah or hiking in the forest inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of small animal and bird species. The Lodge is located only 30 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha town center and it is a perfect base while on safari in the northern circuit Tanzania. ... more less
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