Unlike most lodges in Arusha which were built in a past decade or so, Ngare
Sero is a place with a 100-year-long history. The main house of the lodge
was built in 1905 by Germans who started coffee and rubber plantations in
the area. After the 1st world war the place changed hands to English
Government, and after the 50¹s it was a ³haunted ghost house². 40 years ago
Mike and Gisella Leach restored the property and turned it into one of the
first lodges in Arusha area. Their son Timothy is now running the lodge and
together with his Russian fiancée Katya is helping to make sure that guests
who come to stay here feel like home.
Me and my girlfriends stayed at the pool suites and spent most of our time
chilling in a 30 meter swimming pool surrounded by the garden with flowers,
aloe cactus and ginger. There are beautiful horses to ride, lake for boating
and forests with rare black-n-white colobus and Sykes monkeys and lots of
Some of the Tanzanian staff have worked here for more than 15 years, and
they all were very helpful and nice. The food was great fresh and
delicious from organic vegetable gardens. Our favorite dish was rainbow
trout which comes from their own fish farm.
At sunset you can see the spectacular snow cap of Kilimanjaro from the
balcony of the main building. And after dark the best thing to do is sip
wine next to the fireplace in the cozy living room downstairs.
There is a nice shop at the reception where you can buy hand-picked local
crafts Masai jewelry, wood carvings and simple clothes made from African
fabrics by local charity organizations. We didn¹t want to go to town, and we
bought all our souvenirs here.
For us it was a perfect place to stay before and after our safari, were we
could rest, relax and enjoy being in nature. I felt like home when I was
here and I hope to be back some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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