This is the place where I believe many of the safari operators will put you for the firts night of your safari. It makes me think that the operators have some deal with this accomodation because there is absolutely no reason to stay there, as there is nothing around.
The place itself is quite nice with individual huts, nicely decorated and with private backyard. There are many flowers around so the ambience is nice. That being said, the place is 40km from Arusha and there is absolutely nithing around. So you are being dropped there for no reason and stuck for hours while you could have gotten by that time to your next destination where actual safari starts. I felt that being there was a total waste of money and waste of time.
We wanted go to the town and we were told that a driver will take us for $60, which really is outragous. You are forced to eat in a so so hotel restaurant, well because, there are not other options unless you want to pay $60 for a taxi.
Again, the place itself is not bad but if you are paying for a safari they put this as part of the safari and it really isn't. You waste a day on being stuck at this place, which I really did not appreciate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set at the heart of a traditional coffee estate in the majestic environs of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the exquisitely appointed Mountain Village Lodge offers heady views over verdant tropical forests, cool mountain walks, a wonderful array of wildlife, roaring fires and superlative cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serena Mountain Village Hotel Arusha