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Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

This lodge is well-located when you are getting on or off the plane in Arusha or Kilimanjaro.
It is in an oasis of greenery with a nice collection of animals who roam on the property...zebras, monkeys, and birds. That is all we saw so there may be others.

However, if you are looking for an updated place to stay, this wouldn't be it. Our first room had an ancient toilet and a shower that barely sprayed out rusty water. The second room had a better shower but in both cases, the towels are threadbare, the furnishings old and worn, and the grounds need major landscaping. It felt like being at summer camp.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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intimateplaces, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2014

Thank you for having taken the time to review Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary. We are very disappointed that your stay with us failed to meet all of your expectations. Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary was developed in 1959 and part of the experience which we aim to provide to our guests is that of what it would have been like to visit Tanzania during the romantic early days of tourism to East Africa. We appreciate that this experience is not to everyone's liking and that a few of our guests would have preferred to stay in a modern hotel of the sort to be found in most city centres. I would however like to thank you for having brought the problem with our towels to my attention. Although all of our towels are replaced every year, the batch which we bought in July 2013 were defective and, thanks in part to your comment, have since all been replaced by our supplier without charge. Many thanks once again.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Good room to begin our safari trip for Africa. We arrived early in the 3 AM as the first stop from Istanbul Turkey and was it different for our group of eight! The staff was barely on hand, ushered us to our cabin to sleep for a good six hours in a canopy bed with mosquito netting, only to be awaken by the monkeys on the tin roof playing. The room was the closest to the wild life sanctuary and the first view out of the window covered with netting was an ostrich prancing outside. Buffet breakfast was served with some of the baboons and other wild life watching us eat in an almost open environment. A lot of other animals were seen in the distance from the cabin areas and even came within 200 feet where tables were set up on a lawn area for a "light" lunch. Be aware, not a lot of electrical outlets so charging any electronics is challenging. The grounds also had pens for other animals that were kept as a game sanctuary and an interesting way to start our African safari.

Room Tip: All of the rooms in the cabins had tin roofs, so there was always a chance to be awaken in the morning by monkeys playing in the trees nearby.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank MB Q
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Before starting a safari, we stayed one night, actually about 8 hours, at the Mt. Meru Game lodge. Our room was away from the main lodge in a concrete building with a tin roof. The interior was industrial in character with two twin beds and a large bath containing a shower. A full buffet breakfast was provided in an outdoor dining area. The view from the lodge was beautiful with animals gathering around a large water hole. One could warm up to the lodge based on the surroundings; however, the rooms were of a lower quality than any of the five lodges/camps that we experienced in Tanzania. We also visited the Mount Meru Hotel, which was a modern 4-star hotel and would definitely be a better choice.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank jfoote
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Great rooms, service and great food selection.
Great location. Great sunset view.
Only con wifi issues.
Cold pool water.
Great pool side Resturant.
Coffee house great boon.
Wish back garden was better maintained.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Ananth K
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Great venue to recover from 24+ hour plane trip First stop in Tanzania for our party of four. Despite late arrival staff was on hand to greet us warmly, tote our luggage to our rooms and serve tasty dinner! Breakfast overlooking wild life sanctuary was again served so warmly it made everything taste great! Rooms are a bit dated and baths while adequate in size could have had better plumbing. Reasonable bar prices and good food combined to make our stay both comfortable and memorable

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Paulette D
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