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Arumeru River Lodge
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed at the Arumeru River Lodge 2 nights before our safari and 1 night at the end of our safari. Our room (Bamboo 1) for the first 2 nights was much more spacious and overall much nicer than the room we received on our last night. Some rooms are newer than others, so I'm assuming Bamboo 1 was one of the newer rooms.

There can sometimes be issues with not enough hot water, but at other times, it's abundant. It might be because of the frequent electricity outages. The internet can also be slow and I wish they did not charge for it.

But overall, I really enjoyed our stay. I love the dik-diks and other animals they have on the property. The food is generally good and it's a nice and relaxing place to have a Safari beer and talk over your day.

The German couple who own it left corporate jobs in Germany for Arumeru River Lodge and have been learning what to do as they go along. I think they're definitely heading in the right direction.

We spent our first night in the area in a hotel in Arusha so we could visit the city before making our way to Arumeru River Lodge. It's not a good place to stay if you want to visit the city itself. But for a relaxing stay, this is a good place.

Room Tip: Ask for a newer room.
Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

The room we had was the farthest away from the main rooms. It was hard to find without proper signage, especially at night. It could use some updating a everything was old & worn out. The bathroom was just basic, a couple of lights were burnt out and having 4 extra locks on the door wasn't the most comforting feeling! The main lodge is very nice and the food is ok, but nothing special.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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3  Thank GypsyJoey
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

We stayed here twice while on our safari, once to visit arusha national park and the second as astop over before our flight home. rooms are clean and comfortable the bar and restaurant area was very nice and the service excellent the food was also very good . we would recomend this lodge as a pre safari stay or pre flight home or an ideal place to stay if you want to visit arusha national park which is about 30 mins drive from the lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

A short drive out of Arusha, nothing to see outside of the lodge. One of only a couple lodges
I've been to in Africa that DIDN'T have insects in the room. There is a swimming pool and a
souvenir shop. Lots of greenery on the hotel grounds, along with guinea fowl and dikdiks.

The chalets are quite roomy and clean, beds come with mosquito nets and are very comfortable. Electricity is provided by the generator, which was from 7-10pm and about 7-10am. Hot water is supposedly around the clock. Internet is available for $5 for the duration of your stay, however, it is extremely slow and the connection is VERY intermittent. Toiletries provided are shampoo and shower gel. I was one of two females staying in the room. My friend had her shower first, and I followed shortly after. That was probably the main cause for my cold, lousily pressurized shower. The water was barely warm, and it came in very weak drips. Cold water came at a better pressure, however, it too soon dwindled into a very weak spray.

Meals are delicious. One of the best breakfast spreads I have seen so far. Staff are very
friendly.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank GroovieGurlie
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Great location - outside Arusha so quiet and safe. The food was great, the staff friendly but they suffered from the country's 'power-outs' (which they can do nothing about) and there was no internet connection. The rooms were lovely.

Room Tip: Look out for the dik-diks in the evening. So cute.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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