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“my favourite place to stay near Arusha”
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Kigongoni Lodge
Ranked #8 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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98 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“my favourite place to stay near Arusha”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Kigongoni Lodge is my favourite place to stay near Arusha. The Lodge is fitting in with the African landscape decorated in a tasteful, artistic and comfortable style with attention to detail. There is a beautiful breeze throughout the outdoor dining area where you can look out over the hills. It is quiet and a great place to either start your safari or end it or like me, become a permanent fixture as I am using it as my base for my work. The clientele is very diverse, and interesting all here whether climbing Mt. Kili or participating in a wedding from the UK. The service is personal, food continental and if you ask the Chef, they will be happy to prepare authentic Tanzania dishes. The owner Sander and his lovely wife Claudia are a hip educated Dutch couple who couldn't be nicer. There is also a non profit facility nearby sponsored by the Owners' family for children that in itself will give you an idea of the hosts and the hospitality you'll find here. I just hope they don't mind if I never leave...

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney
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7 reviews
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

My partner and I stayed here after our safari and we could not recommend it more as it exceeded all expectations. It is tucked away on a beautiful property away from the main roads, making it very quiet and peaceful.
Our room wash huge and beautifully decorated, with a lovely large four-poster bed. The bathroom was also huge with a walk in ceiling shower. We spent some of our time lazing by the pool, and all meals we ate were delicious.
During our time here we also had a walking tour of the property which includes their own fruit trees and a small coffee plantation, which we were able to taste at breakfast - one of the best coffees I have ever had!
The staff are very friendly, especially the manager Sander, who went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. A great thing about this lodge is it also support the Sibusiso foundation which provides support for local children with developmental disabilities.
We felt very safe whilst staying here as there are guards and an electric fence surrounding the property.
The photos do no justice - this place is a hidden treasure!
Emily and Brendan, Jan 2013

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Netherlands
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed here for a week as a base for our film crew. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The cottages were clean and located on a beautiful hill with view on the Kilimanjaro. Every morning a nice breakfast near the pool :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Virginia
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

The lodge proved to be a welcome reprieve after a long flight to Africa and then again after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The setting is authentic, the rooms very well sized and the food delicious. The lodge graciously held our luggage while we were on the mountain and then provided us with the opportunity to shower (even though we were no longer guests at that point) before our flights back to the US. I highly recommend Kigongoni Lodge to travelers in Arusha.

Room Tip: Since the hotel is located on a hill, post-climb I would recommend one of the higher rooms (Rm.5...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Munich
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We came here to start our honey moon as we got married only a few days before.
The service is great, peope are very friendly and the landscape is very nice.
One can sleep in and relax a lot. The is just you and the nature. Great! The owner is very friendly and gives you nice tipps.
We stayed there 3 nights as the rest of the time we did safaris. althoiugh the other hotels/ lodges we stayed were even more expensive, the rooms were not as good as at Kigongoni. The dishes they offer are really nice. If you are looking for some relax then the perfect place to stay is Kigongoni. I recomend it 100% :o)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

stayed here and i was definitely satisfied. staff is super friendly and helpful. great place to acclimate pre kili and even better place to enjoy a hot shower after 7 days on the mountain. definitely recommend and will for back for sure if i am even in arusha again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Ringoes, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Located just before entering Arusha, this was a good stopver before beginning the safari. We were in rooms 1 and 2, located down a path and overlooking the forest. Great way for the kids to get used to the idea of being close to animal sounds! Service was great, and as we experienced in other spots, you get a lot of help when tips are involved. No worries, though, as we didn't mind throwing a dollar or two for bag carrying. Restaurant and bar area were comforatble and cozy, food was good . . . not great. Beds were comfortable and netted, and the place had their own generator. Upon check in, we were clearly told when power would be accessble. It worked fine for us. Kigongoni Lodge is located around 9km to the east of the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. This relatively upmarket lodge is set in in a semi-rural location on top of a small hill and with broad views to the east and south. There is a large security fence surrounding the entire property, and we felt secure. Once past the reception desk, the main bar and restaurant areas lie at the top of the hill, with the pool area beyond, and the rooms are tucked away on the hillsides that slope down from the communal areas.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Kigongoni Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 11952, Arusha, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Arusha
#4 Best Value Hotel in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kigongoni Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 11km outside Arusha and 40min drive from KIA. On an old coffee plantation, are 19 spacious cottages each with an own balcony/terrace and fireplace. Splendid views on Mnt Meru and Mnt Kilimanjaro. Perfect place to relax before/after a safari and Kilimanjaro climb. With an a la carte restaurant, diverse choice of wines, free WiFi, tranquil swimming pool, lush gardens and a lot of activities in the neighbourhood. ... more   less 
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