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Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
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Richfield, Ohio
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“A "Hemmingway" hide away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This is a great place to start your visit to Tanzania. It's quiet, well kept and a short drive from the airport. Best of all you can sit on your veranda and watch the animals they have rescued as you relax and unwind after that long flight to Africa. It's a small older facility with its own charm and an authentic feel to it. You half expect to find Hemmingway sitting at the bar having a drink and entertaining his fellow travelers before dinner.

Room Tip: All the rooms overlook the sanctuary grounds.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed here for 1 night after arriving in Tanzania very late at night. The room is minimal as is the bathroom but that's all we needed since we were so tired after a long flight from the US to Paris to Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport. It was a welcoming site when we woke up, opened up the curtains and could see the rescue animals around the lodge. Breakfast was nice (westernized) and we did a short tour around the sanctuary before leaving for Tarangire National Park. We saw porcupines, a peacock, tortoises, a zebra, alligator and monkeys in the trees and on the roof of our room.

This is definitely a nice play to rest if you've just arrived from a long flight.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Lodging is in cottages which are completely comfortable, though not very spacious. The facility dates to the 1960's and has been continually maintained and updated. The location is beautiful with numerous "rescued" animals in a park immediately adjacent to the cottages. Sitting on the porch and having an Eland walk within feet of you to inspect you, followed by a group of zebras is great fun. An assortment of cranes, storks, ostrich, and even eagles are on the property and provide entertainment. Colobus monkeys with their flowing tails play in the blooming jacaranda trees. Food is very good and dinner on the patio with a blazing fire pit is memorable and enjoyable. Located in Arusa, a gateway to Tanzania near the Kilamanjaro airport, this is an excellent spot to spend on a day of arrival or before departure, and also is a good base to explore the less visited and known Tanzanian parks in the area.

Room Tip: Room number three has a porch fronting the game viewing area. The eland and zebra are almost in you...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

My husband and I stayed in this lodge at the beginning and at the end of our safari that was organized by Fox travel - Netherlands & their local partner Leopard Tours-Tanzania.

We arrived late at night the first night, and we had room 22, which lies in a building from 1959 in the front of the grounds, close to the main road.
Although this first room was in an older building, it had a kind of colonial charm, a good bed with a mosquitonet, and a good bathroom without any problems with plumbing or the towels.
We slept well at night but we were awoken by the noises of the busy main street the next morning.

We requested and got a much cosier and quieter room for the last day of our safari : room nr 1, which has a shared terras with room nr 2. The terras overlooks the enclosed mini-zoo, which is fun.The 3 bungalows that house rooms 1 till 6 are closest to the main building, and are in our opinion the best rooms on the grounds.

The grounds of the lodge are beautiful, and you can see your first African wildlife there, beginning with the rare ! black and white kolobusmonkeys in the trees and the blue monkeys that jump on the tin roofs of the cabins or might try to enter open cabindoors.
In the mini-zoo in front of the main building you can spot an eland, zebras, an ostrich, crowned cranes yellowbilled storks, and helmed guineafowl, and in the pens next to the entrance gate you can see porcupines, a crocodile, and an eagle.

On the grounds next to the entrance gate is also a small wooden shed where some woodcarvers work and sell their wares at better prices than in the shops, if you haggle a little.
There is also a bigger shop next to the reception of the hotel. They have a somewhat bigger range of souvenirs and necessities at fixed prices

Breakfast was a buffet the first time because there was big group of tourists present, and the second time we could order à la carte, because we were the only guests in the hotel at that time.
Both types of breakfast were very tasty. The same was true for the dinner we had on our last night, which also was very good. The staff was very friendly and helpfull.

So , although this lodge was of a different type than the 4-star accomodations on the rest of our safari tour, we really enjoyed our 2 night stay there, especially in room nr 1.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 to 6 are nicer, closer to the main building and quieter
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

The Lodge is located only half an hour from Kilimanjaro Airport. Brilliant if you have just come off a long haul flight (especially after a plane change at Nairobi). A very peaceful oasis with the animal sancutary literally on your door step. Having a coffeee with zebra and waterbuck passing by is a slightly surreal experience having just stepped off a plane. The hotel is not a flashy glass place but something with a colonial style and furnishings. To be fair it could do with some updating. Rooms 3,4 and 5 are probably the best as they are quiet and close to the main building. Some buildings are close to a busy main road. Only problem is the monkeys using the metal roofs as a highway around the site - but that is part of the experience. Food and service was excellent - both dinner around the firepit and the fabulous breakfast. If you get the chance to take a guided walk through a local village - do it. You get an insight into the local way of life and it can be humbling how people get by on so little yet are happy. Overall a brilliant start to our safari but don't expect a high tech, ultra modern place. It has 'character'.

Room Tip: Rooms 3,4 and 5 are probably the best - quieter and close to the main building.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 morni...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary
Address: Arusha-Moshi Road | Usa River, Arusha P.O.Box 2747, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary is located within 33 acres of mature, well manicured gardens bounded on one side by the tranquil waters of the Usa River and on the other by the private Sanctuary where our wildlife and birdlife reside. This wildlife and birdlife provide many of our guests with their first exciting game viewing experience. The Mount Meru Game Sanctuary was established in 1960 and over the course of the last half a century and more has received rescued animals from the wild. Normally either injured or orphaned, the sanctuary's first priority is always to rehabilitate these animals and to return them to their natural habitat. In cases where this is not possible, they are released into the sanctuary grounds where, joined by an enormous variety of birdlife, they are able to enjoy the unique freedom offered by our very safe environment. By choosing to stay with us, our guests play a very important role in helping these animals since the activities of the sanctuary are financed entirely by the lodge. Mount Meru Game Lodge is extremely fortunate to receive daily visits from troops of Black & White Colobus Monkeys. The Lodge features 15 guestrooms, including 2 suites, which seamlessly blend understated elegance with contemporary style. Our two suites lie generously situated in the garden overlooking the sanctuary. Each with a cozy bedroom and open living area, complete with fireplace. Both rooms offer a private garden gazebo where one can blissfully relax and soak up an atmosphere of well being. The main building of the lodge consists of a reception area, lounge and bar. The lounge, with its enormous picture windows and comfortable furniture, provides for relaxation in intimate surroundings. The bar is well stocked with a wide selection of spirits, beers and minerals which are complemented by a carefully selected collection of wines. To the front of the main building is a terrace which is shaded by enormous old Mango trees and which enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens to the Sanctuary beyond. In the grounds of the lodge can be found an 'outdoor dining room' which consists of a covered makuti restaurant located in our mature a gardens. The garden with its camp fire allows our guests to dine under the African star-lit sky whilst listening to the exotic night sounds. FREE WiFi is available to all visitors in the Lodges' public areas. Throughout its long history, the lodge & sanctuary have been a popular stop over for many VIP's and Government visitors. Various Presidents of African countries, celebrities, entrepreneurs and members of European Royal families have stayed with us. ... more   less 
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