We arrived after a 27 hour journey and thought we only wanted to sleep - but everywhere was so beautiful and peaceful we just wandered around and recovered. There was a pool which helped. Some horses and a foal were walking across the lawn, a path led past a croquet lawn to the woods, tea was served on the verandah with comfortable chairs and a friendly dog, Sykes monkeys jumped around in the trees and later we saw flocks of sacred ibis fly in to roost on trees by the lake. I felt it was 1930.
The food was great, the staff lovely and the room comfortable. On safari we stayed in tented camps, which were thrilling, but for a 'normal' stay - and certainly one on the first tired night - this was the best place to be.
- 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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