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Mount Kilimanjaro View Lodge
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

We stayed at Mt. Kil View Lodge a few days before we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was the perfect hotel to settle into the time zone, relax, go for day hikes and simply prepare your mind for the climb ahead. There is no doubt in my mind that staying at this hotel, and this experience was one of our most favorite experiences in all of Africa...and that's including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! Between the incredible view, the exceptional staff and the wonderful food, we could not have asked for anything better.

If you want an authentic Tanzanian experience, this is the hotel for you. You will be picked up at the hotel by one of the staff persons, taken to what seems like the edge of the world and you will be amongst people that truly represents what Tanzanian culture is...religious, gentle, inviting, friendly and most of all, you will see people that have a love for life that is indescribable. We stopped at many other destinations while in Tanzania and there is no doubt that this was one of our most treasured experiences. When I return to Tanzania, this will be my first stop.

Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
3  Thank ErikaBoissiere
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

We selected this lodge to help prepare for a Kilimanjaro climb, as it is located at 2600 meters/8500 feet elevation on the slopes of the mountain itself. We gained extremely helpful acclimatization at elevations up to 3000 meters/9800 feet, which was instrumental in enabling all of our group to reach the summit. I give the place 5 stars for location since it suited our needs so well, and since the views from the lodge to the nearby summit of Kilimanjaro and the fertile green fields of Shimbwe Juu village are magnificent.

What we did not expect was the hospitable, warm and totally sincere welcome and interaction we experienced from the local Chagga tribal people in the nearby village and operating the lodge. This is what the Kili View Lodge is all about, a very memorable immersion in local African culture you won't find in many more typical tourist places, unique accomodations in cute, thatched Chagga style bungalows, plentiful, nutritious (albeit simple) meals, and the opportunity to hike and walk in the nearby rainforest, through the village and out to a magnificent waterfall. The lodge is staffed by 7 wonderful employees and brings in friendly and well qualified English speaking guides for local walking. We paid US$ 40 per day per person for bed and breakfast and US$ 12 per person for each lunch and dinner. Each bungalow has its own private WC and shower ensuite. They also offer several campsites.

Philip, the owner, handles all the booking directly on his website, can arrange all necessary transportation, nearby tours and any time you may want to spend among the local village people, in their coffee farms, their primary school and churches. I spent an afternoon handing out pencils, pens and exercise books to the students in the local primary school and it was something very special for me.

Let's be clear. This place is fairly basic, the nearby walking can be somewhat strenuous and it's located at the end of a 16 km/10 mile bumpy dirt road coming up the mountain from Moshi. Although they expect permanent electrical power sometime in the coming year, at present power is supplied by a generator which is only on from 6 PM until 10 PM each day. If you want all the modern conveniences of a major, western style hotel, please, do not stay here! But for those looking for the kind of unique experience I am describing (which is why I give an "Excellent" rating overall), and wonderful memories to take back home, this is a place you simply must consider including on your itinerary if you are climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting near Moshi.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Randonne
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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