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Kiboko Lodge
Ranked #3 of 183 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We enjoyed spending 3 nigths at the Kiboko Lodge. This lodge is closely connected to the project supporting street kids. We visited the project as well. The boys work at the lodge, service is excellent!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Kiboko Lodge is an accommodation one would like to rate "Excellent" for many of its features, but may not accurately do so. Its overarching problem is its location and access road. For visitors to Arusha National Park the lodge is located over 4k southeasterly down a rugged side road from the park's Ngongongare Gate. Accessing the lodge essentially requires 4WD with high clearance to cross sharp ridges and ford streams. Allowing 1/2 hour for travel each way reduces time for game drives in the park, virtually mandating taking a picnic lunch. Each chalet encompasses two accommodation units, guaranteeing nearby neighbors. Each unit is comfortably cozy with adequate separation, albeit no door, between shower & sleeping areas. The comfortable beds have nets but rather heavy comforters with no sheets. Our unit received no cleaning nor bed making during our two-night stay. While I agree with other reviews that dinners are well prepared and very good, they are also very spare with no choice of fare. You may want to bring snacks to supplement evening meals. Most chalets are accessed via sidewalks, but a sturdy boardwalk leads to a covered pavilion in the swamp where breakfasts are sometimes served amid flocks of weaver birds. Those desiring quiet nights may prefer chalets distant from the main lodge which was noisy with music, singing, & laughter until 11:30 the night prior to our early morning departure. The lodge definitely possesses an overall charm. It is free of not only the bustle & noise of Arusha but also the barking of dogs besetting many outlying travel accommodations. Other than its difficult access, each problem I've noted could be readily addressed.

Room Tip: Not too near the sometimes noisy main lodge.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

we did enjoy are stay at the kiboko lodge. De location is nice, the food is very well en the people are friendly en hospitable. The foundation is a very nice example of helping local people to give them a second change.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

The Watoto Foundation Team have worked long and hard to get this place running. The young men (all ex street kids) actually BUILT the lodge, and the furniture, and plumbed it, did the electricity....so this is the result of people getting skills, focus, and their lives back on track. The lodge is not just a worthy feelgood excuse. It's actually excellent: the meals are some of the best I've had in Arusha. The service is fantastic... the setting is beautiful.... this is one of those 'excellent' karma places that just makes sense, and makes me wonder why all hotels and the leisure industry in general in Tanzania isn't more committed to ethical and social practices that benefit people more....

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Zanzibar1970
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

A peaceful place with fantastic views over the swamp and the sound of birds and frogs. The rooms are semi detached huts all set a fair away apart so you are not overlooked. Breakfast was taken in the tea room reached at the end of a timber walkway. We felt sorry for the boys having to carry everything down in the pouring rain!

The food was ok - no choice in the evenings. The charity that runs the lodge trains the boys that work there and they make all the furniture and grow the veg. Fantastic setting but the worst track we came across in the whole trip to get to the lodge. The last 4 km takes 25 minutes in a 4 x 4!

The rooms are small but we didn't spend much time in the rooms. Storage space is a bit tight in the rooms for suitcases or bags. We had no power cuts whilst we were there. No surprise - there is no wifi. There is a power point for charging devices in each room - this is in the bathroom so devices have to be balanced on the sink!

The worst feature about the rooms is that the en suite bathroom wall goes nowhere the the ceiling and there is no door either!

The beds have mosquito nets but we didn't hear any mozzies.

Great service from all the staff who speak good English. Near Arusha Park which is worth a visit and is much less visited than other national parks.

Room Tip: They are all the same size. Take a torch for the nighttime. There are lights but torches help.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Kiboko is a small lodge in close proximity to Arusha and Arusha National Park. What distinguishes it are several things..first, it's remote and a great place to either recover or prepare for a safari; second, it is intimate with walkways and a sitting cupola that invites sunset coffee visits; third, the food is terrific..but, the most outstanding feature is the staff who are committed to being the best at helping the guests in anyway possible. One of the standout features is that the foundation that owns and operates the Kiboko employs and trains young African boys to run the lodge..they not only do a terrific job, but are being taught to be great lodge employees in the future. Hats off to all involved here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jimdavisAtlanta
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Hello! Me and my friend stayed at the Kiboko Lodge in March for 2 days and enjoyed it a lot. One night we were sitting at the fire place with a few people of the staff and the Maasai guards, playing the guitar and chatting. and the rest of the time we were relaxing in the tea room with a lot of different kinds of birds.. we real liked it very much!!!!

Room Tip: Rooms close to swamp have good view
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Ngurdoto Village, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 183 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kiboko Lodge is part of the Watoto Foundation, founded by former retail director Noud and Truus van Hout from The Netherlands. The foundation works to educate street children in Tanzania since 2003. Watoto Foundation is a vocational training centre. Children who suffer from addiction to drugs, glue and alcohol are given the opportunity to build a new life. The Foundation offers them the chance for an education, which will equip them with the necessary skills to find a job. This is unique in a country where 70% of the population are unemployed. Staying at Kiboko Lodge is possible from $83 per person during high season and $73 per person in low season! ... more   less 

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