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Kwa Pole Road, Nguruma Village, Arusha Tanzania
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#5 of 235 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
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Make The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari your safari headquarters. We offer traditional African-style meals and accommodations - and safari too - all at reasonable rates! We're a small, family-owned lodge located just minutes from Arusha and within easy reach of Kilimanjaro International Airport. We have 12 spacious guest rooms in built in a traditional "banda" style and we've just added 8 new contemporary-style rooms overlooking the pool, and new banda specially designed with families in mind. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, a sitting area, in room coffee and tea and an outdoor patio. We have a full-service restaurant and dining room, a lounge, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a swimming pool, all on two fully-fenced, secure acres. There's free Wifi too. We also offer one day and multi-day safaris to the national parks, cultural tourism and outdoor activities in and around Arusha. Let our family welcome yours. Karibu sana!
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Cori K wrote a review Feb 2023
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We spent several days at Vijiji Centre itself and we also went on an amazing nine day safari planned for us by Sandra. To say we were well looked after is an understatement! Sandra arranged everything for us and we had a worry free trip. Vijiji is like a little tropical garden/jungle with bush babies, tortoises and more. The food that Baraka prepares is delicious! You may want to bring bigger clothes as you definitely don't go hungry. Everyone at Vijiji is so friendly and so ready to help with anything you may need; to answer your questions or just have a chat and teach you some of the local words or sayings. There are so many day trips that you can do directly from Vijiji and the staff will help you organize them and make sure everything goes smoothly. Even just walking from the lodge to the local market and doing a tour of the town with Jimmy was so informative. Amos, Suma and Sandra did an outstanding job with the safari from Vijiji! We were treated so well and they were all so informative about all aspects of the people, country and wildlife! It was so much fun! We laughed and learned so much! We can't thank Sandra and all the amazing staff at Vijiji enough for gifting us with such wonderful memories and adventures of Africa!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Claire Lamoureux wrote a review Feb 2022
Baden, Switzerland2 contributions
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We stayed 3 nights at the lodge. It's an oasis, filled with a beautiful garden, flowers, turtles, palms and a calm, relaxing pool. The lodge is embedded in a busy town - you hear the sounds around you day and night. The staff are very attentive, helpful and warm-hearted. We arrived late at night but felt welcome from the moment we got picked up at the airport by our guide. He took us on a safari the next day and it was wonderful. He was vey knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor but also knew when we just wanted to be quiet and enjoy the amazing animals. It was nice to see that the lodge was part of a foundation and that it was run by local people. We got some great "shopping ideas" from Sandra - we were 4 women - and found some beautiful treasures to bring home. Next time I think I would do more safaris but it was also relaxing to just hang out, eat and enjoy the garden and pool. We also were happy that it was affordable and not over the top prices. We will return again and would recommend it for anyone wanting to explore the area. Thank you!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Sandra Peacock, Owner at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Responded 8 Apr 2022
Jambo Claire! It was wonderful to meet you and your traveling companions. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time relaxing at our oasis and felt welcomed and well-cared for by our staff. We’re also thrilled that your day-long wildlife safari with us to Tarangire National Park was just the right amount of everything! And of course, we’re always happy to recommend places to shop that are unique and support our local community. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review – we truly appreciate it. As always, our goal is to give our guests a taste of Tanzania at an affordable price and we hope to see you again in the future. Karibu tena!
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LK wrote a review Feb 2023
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I spent 4 nights at the Vijiji Centre Lodge & Safari in Arusha. On the day of departure I would have liked to spend more days in this wonderful place. The location outside the busy city center is very good and allows one to really relax and make quick trips to local attractions and markets. The Lodge is beautiful and resemble a small garden of Eden with very nice planting that attracts bushbabies & birds. The place is too beautiful & the team too friendly and helpful to just disappear from there to the national parks. I would definitely plan extra time to experience the local life and small ventures like a coffee tour, the local markets, … Or just to enjoy the hospitality of the whole team, the fantastic food and the pool. Thank you very much for the hospitality. The team & owner at Vijiji Centre will let me remember me great stay in best memories. Asante Sana!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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M S wrote a review Dec 2022
Hamilton, Canada31 contributions54 helpful votes
Sandra and the staff are so welcoming and friendly! Amazing way to experience the culture of the area. Food was awesome, the gardens beautiful and the rooms have everything you need! Highly recommend the village tour and coffee farm tour - not only informative but lots of fun! Jimmy and Richard do a fabulous job with the tour!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Sandra Peacock, Owner at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Responded 10 Jan 2023
Asanteni sana - many thanks - for your kind review. We are always happy when guests decide to spend a few extra days with us to explore our wonderful community and learn about the ways of life here in the village. It gives us a chance to get to know you, too! Glad you felt welcomed and cared for and comfortable at our lodge and we hope to see you again in the future.
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Romevisitor2008 wrote a review Oct 2022
United Kingdom103 contributions22 helpful votes
arrived about 6 pm on Mon 24th Oct, during a power cut,Staff showed us two rooms in main block (looked like a dormitory, we booked 2 cottages. They were promised but they were not ready.We went to the bar for a drink, The rooms were prepared. Miserable rooms. We went to the "restaurant' for dinner, no other guests were around,(that should have told us) we asked for Chicken and chips, Awful meal. a miserable so called meal after a long drive. went to bed early as we had a long drive ahead. we asked for an early breakfast 6.30 am, we arrived at restaurant , again nobody around. Eventually some one turned up , we asked about breakfast , she said ive got milk and cold water.................... We decided to leave and went to River trees for breakfast. Would not stay here ever again.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Sandra Peacock, Owner at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Responded 17 Jan 2023
Thank you for review and please accept our sincere apologies. Clearly, we weren’t up to our usual level of service and hospitality. We realize this was distressing, particularly after a long day of travel. We have fully refunded your stay and hope this goes some way to compensating you for the inconvenience.
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Shalini R wrote a review Sep 2022
Toronto, Canada7 contributions4 helpful votes
Nestled in Arusha, Tanzania, the Vijiji Center is a great place to start and end your safari journey. The staff are very welcoming. We found them attentive and helpful. They also have a few dogs on site, who were so friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Shari wrote a review Jul 2022
Duluth, Minnesota10 contributions
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We stayed before and after our Safari booked with another company. It was the perfect place to be for us. We arrived on the evening flight via KLM from AMS into JRO. We arranged for hotel pickup and as promised our ride awaited. We booked three trips with Vijiji-Lake Duluti, Arusha National Park and Tarangire and all were great. Our guide Suma was excellent company and all trips were worth doing. The staff at the hotel was friendly and attentive. The pool area was relaxing and lovely. The gardens/grounds of the property are beautiful. We ate all meals on site and have no complaints. Thanks Vijiji for a great stay!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris H wrote a review Feb 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights at the beginning of our safari. As this was our 14th trip to Tanzania, we have seen lots of lodges and accommodations, but this one is really special. Why? Because of the lovely garden, quiet atmosphere in the middle of a lively village, simple but inviting rooms, warm and welcoming service of the staff (thank you, Isaac), many possibilities for guided activities, and so on. Did I mention the food? That was great, especially the local dishes. Yes, we had to wait a bit longer than we are used to in Europe, but this is Africa. So better get used to the African pace and enjoy it while you are there. We can certainly recommend this place for anyone who is not looking for over-the-top luxury, but for honest African hospitality.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Sandra Peacock, Owner at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Responded 8 Apr 2022
Chris - a big ASANTE SANA - from our entire team at Vijiji for your thoughtful review. Knowing you’re a seasoned Tanzania traveler makes it extra special to us! We’re thrilled you enjoyed our traditional Tanzanian-style rooms and local dishes, the peacefulness of the gardens and our friendly guest services. As you know, our staff go above and beyond to make sure our visitors feel that Vijiji is their home away from home. And yes, the pace of life here is a little more “pole pole” than most are used to, but as you note, it’s a wonderful thing to experience and enjoy. We hope to see you again in the future. Karibu tena!
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Likewater4chocolate wrote a review Nov 2021
Issaquah, Washington281 contributions37 helpful votes
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I stayed at Vijiji prior to heading out to Safari as well as upon my return. Beautiful private setting outside of Arusha. Room was lovely and comfortable. The pool was refreshing and delightful; food service was wonderful. Delicious breakfast and dinner. Cocktails poolside. I arrived quite late from the airport and there were wonderful hosts waiting for me. They promptly carried my luggage to my room with a warm welcome. The next day I went on a walking tour of the small local villages with gorgeous views of Mt. Meru. I observed some of the nearby schools and walked past beautiful fields. A nice contrast to the very busy Arusha!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Stephan M wrote a review Sep 2021
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Pice quiet place with helpfull stuff and a little pool. I was there with g adventures. Thd hotel is basic but nice. Do not ecpect european standards. We are here for true africa and adventure, the nature and its wonders.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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US$76 - US$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Which popular attractions are close to The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Nearby attractions include The School of St Jude (3.7 km), Mount Meru (7.3 km), and House of Gems Tanzania (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Georges Tavern, and Pablo Picasso Café.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari have airport transportation?
Yes, The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.