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Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

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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.
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Free parking
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Karen wrote a review Mar 2024
Sheffield, United Kingdom18 contributions13 helpful votes
This hotel was a little gem hidden away in the mountains near Arusha. The food was superb and mostly fresh straight from the gardens and onsite fish farm. Staff service and friendliness was excellent and this eco friendly hotel was a welcome and tranquil retreat after a long journey and before our safari. The hotel positives ie eco friendly and tranquility meant that there were some restrictions to modern living which some people might find a problem ie limited wifi ( none in rooms only at reception) and water/electricity quirks for example having to run the shower for a while and not being able to use a hairdryer. These were not a problem for us particularly for a short stay and were more than compensated by the overall positive experience. Do your research before you go and maybe the hotel could do a bit more to explain this in advance. Overall excellent - thank you for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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LA B wrote a review Mar 2024
Birmingham, Alabama2 contributions
This lodge was originally built at the turn of the century. However since 1973 it has been owned and operated by a special family that has preserved and cultivated its unique history. The accommodation, the food, horseback riding, massages and wildlife at your door are worth the trip. But it is the unrivaled staff that made my experience most memorable. I will treasure the individuals that took the care and interest in my experience forever. I have never before experienced this type of loyalty and commitment in a staff. Bravo to the Leach family for fostering an environment to surpass all others.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Travel via Natural Habitat and include a safari as part of your experience. You won’t regret it!
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Abdul Badi wrote a review Feb 2024
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions1 helpful vote
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We reserved a two-night stay at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge for February 11th and 12th, 2024. Upon arrival, chosen after some research, I was greeted with a disappointing welcome unlike any I had previously encountered. The receptionist lacked warmth and failed to offer any welcoming gestures or explanations, simply directing me to fill out a form with an indifferent attitude. Upon settling into my room with the intention of relaxing and contacting my family, I discovered there was no WiFi available, adding a comedic twist to the situation. Upon contacting reception for assistance, I was initially informed that a technician had resolved the issue, only to later discover, upon contacting again after 7:30, that no technician was available due to it being Sunday. Throughout my stay, WiFi remained unavailable. The property's management was notably poor, evidenced by the outdated and malfunctioning shower fixtures. I encountered issues such as the absence of a bidet shower in the bathroom and inadequate maintenance of the shower facilities. The shower provided only two extremes of water temperature: extremely cold or scalding hot, with no option for a moderate temperature, resulting in a less-than-ideal showering experience. Additionally, the absence of a hair dryer was notable. Despite these drawbacks, there were some positive aspects to highlight. The property itself was impressive and enjoyable, with efficient and high-quality laundry service, satisfactory food offerings, and exceptional massage services, which provided the best massage I've experienced in Tanzania. Activities such as horse riding, boat riding, and walking were thoroughly enjoyable and provided memorable experiences. While I may not opt to stay at Ngare Sero again, I might consider visiting or recommending it for a short tour lasting a few hours.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: No bidet shower, outdated facilities, extreme water temps, slow drainage. Bring own toothbrush,...
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adamandkaty wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom74 contributions39 helpful votes
Brilliant lodge in a beautiful setting - excellent food, very comfortable rooms and amazing staff I stayed here twice - once before a climb to the top of Kilimanjaro and then after i had descended and was joined by my family The Lodge offers everything that you might want and more - delicious food every night with amazing soups and a brilliant breakfast spread with multiple choices (try the hash browns and avocado) - quick and efficient laundry service - great massage - amazing wildlife incl Colobus Monkeys, Fish Eagles and Giant Kingfishers - lovely gardens and surrounding forest - interesting history - brilliant packed lunches for day trips The gardens rooms were spacious and incredibly comfortable whilst the Kilimanjaro Suite was like a palace for the family Not forgetting Lengai the adorable Staffordshire Bull Terrier - possibly not the most efficient security dog but a wonderful character!!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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juliecheverri wrote a review Dec 2023
New York City, New York101 contributions58 helpful votes
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Amazing place! Everything is eco friendly and the food is even grown in their garden. The meals were outstanding and so were the grounds and accommodations. While there we enjoyed a guided walk, a swim in the pool and a boat ride in the lagoon. They also have a spa! Truly lovely place very glad this was our first stop on our safari as we relaxed here before 6 days of a lot of travels en movements. There are eagles and monkeys around especially the colobus monkeys which are super rare and stunning!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Make sure to take time to enjoy onsite activities and spend at least half a day there. We also...
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Boskk69 wrote a review Aug 2023
Chandler, Arizona137 contributions153 helpful votes
We enjoyed this sprawling, 120 year old lodge before the start of our safari. The property is gorgeous, with an inviting main sitting area and fireplace. Meals were served on a sprawling patio with a view of the grounds - a troupe of monkeys were kind enough to entertain us as they passed. Since our last trip to Africa, the food has grown far fancier and far too plentiful - we ate like royalty, with a soup course, main course, and dessert. The rooms were large and cozy, and the staff were uniformly helpful and friendly. I'd happily recommend to anyone considering a stay here before or after a safari or Kili climb.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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35Philipped wrote a review Jul 2023
Geneva, Switzerland32 contributions6 helpful votes
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We spent 2 nights at the end of our safari in this beautifully-renovated farm house in Usariver, half way between Kilimanjaro airport and Arusha. We were struck by the atmosphere of calm and serenity. A good place to write a book. Located in a superb garden, tall trees, flowers, a small lake, the buildings have style and legacy. The perfect long pool for swimmers (though water is cold). We indulged in a relaxation massage by Flora, in the spa tent. One particularity: meals can be served at 3 or 4 locations, allowing for change and privacy. Great souvenir shop. The reception and bar are too small and not very attractive. But the indoor fire place with comfortable sofas is a winner. Nice well decorated room, soft linen: we slept like baby hippos 😀
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: With heavy luggage, access from behind the hotel (not the first left, or carry your suitcases...
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Laura K wrote a review Jul 2023
35 contributions5 helpful votes
This is such a lovely oasis in Arusha. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are spacious and the food is fantastic. The staff were very helpful and professional. Overall a really great experience. The photos don’t do it justice. Enjoy a drink in the veranda overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Request room 11 or 12–in my opinion the best!
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Notaprimadonna wrote a review Jun 2023
Dallas, Texas24 contributions48 helpful votes
This is a unique and beautiful property that was once a German owned colonial estate and has been a hotel since the early 70s. The place has real character. It also has its own lake and waterfall, horses and stables, a forest preserve, various animals including blue monkeys and ducks, a huge pool and its own very large garden where many of the restaurant's vegetables are presumably grown. The staff are helpful and solicitous of guests' needs. The food and service in the restaurant are exceptionally good. But there are some problems. Wood is burned on the premises and at times made me nearly wheeze. That could be an issue for people sensitive to smoke. The temperature of the water in the shower/bath is very difficult to regulate. I had to allow more time to shower than I liked. There are little steps into the bathroom and then into the bath that are easy to stubb your toes badly on. I could never get the internet to function during my 2 day stay. (Internet actually worked better on Mt. Kilimanjaro!). Lighting in my room was poor and some. lights just didn't work at all, housekeeping could not get the light to work. There was a single tissuê in the box by my bed. I used it the first night and housekeeping just left the box empty when they cleaned the room. If these types of irritation don't bother you, it's a fabulous place to stay.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tourist56099615195 wrote a review May 2023
Bengaluru, India2 contributions1 helpful vote
Very Nice place for chill out. Very calm and quite place Horse riding was amazing Boating also nice Recommended for every group of friends to visit this place. Its just like beautiful jungle in the middle of town
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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HK$2,539 - HK$2,962 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kilitanzania Pride Tours and Safaris (7.9 km), Cultural Arts Centre (1.3 km), and Kiota The Nest (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rivertrees Restaurant, Duluti Crater Lake Restaurant, and Christina House.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.