My family and I spent some days here in December 2011 and then my daughter and I returned this January 2014. The first time we came we fell in love with the lodge and we were well reminded of the reasons on our return. The lodge is run by Joyce Kimaro and her son Raymond. Joyce is a local woman who spends a lot of her time and energy helping poor and disabled members of her community. It includes 4 different bungalows cottages, on her lovely grounds. Very serene. Not infrequently one sees monkeys in the trees. The location is in a neighborhood a few minute car ride outside of Arusha, down a fairly lengthy rugged dirt road. The spot is wooded, overlooking the Songota Water falls, a short, but a bit rugged walk away. Perhaps most spectacular is Joyce's cooking. She is an artist with local fare and can make meals to order - be they for meat eaters or vegetarians. Not only is this a bit of an oasis, but it gives one a sense of local life.
Like any but the most expensive resorts in this region, electricity can be sometimes sporadic (though we did not experience any issues with this in 2014) which can impact hot water. Taxis fares can run about $8 - $10 each way to Arusha, though at times drivers would request higher amounts which was used to help the local community. If one is on a budget, one can walk about 20-25 minutes to the main road (a lovely walk on a dirt road through neighborhoods and wooded areas) and pick up local public transportation that costs approximately 30 cents each way to Arusha.