We stayed here for 2 nights in June 2010. It was the most amazing place from which to start a safari. We arrived late at night and were greeted by smiling, helpful staff, shown to our rooms and then fed. Not just a cold sandwich either we were taken to the dining room and given the menu. It was the best Pumpkin soup ever!
What a lovely, homely, place - really nice touches like Molton Brown/Taylor of London toiletries and air fresheners in the bathrooms; flowers, torches, candles and matches in the bedroom. Four poster beds with mossie nets and the freshly decorated rooms were an added bonus. We awoke to the noise of monkeys running across the roof and birds causing havoc in the trees overhead - perfect - not to mention the frogs croaking. The electrics went off a couple of times, so did the water when I was smothered in shower-gel, but so what, it didn’t spoil the enjoyment.
We breakfasted al fresco, with views over the lawn down to the water-hole with monkeys, zebra, storks and ostrich wandering about. Marc (the owner) came over for a chat (as he did several times during our stay). I’d have happily stayed here all day but had to go to Arusha National Park.
When we got back we had tea on the terrace, watched the animals and visited the small sanctuary before spending a pleasant evening eating local food then sitting in the lounge drinking and working out what we’d seen during the day. It was like crashing out in a friend’s living room, comfy chairs, nice atmosphere and no pressure.
View the sanctuary in context - the animals have been there for years and are just living out their last days in peace. The chap looking after them is really doing his best and is very proud of his animals - they are probably better looked after than the locals.
We loved this place so much that on our return journey a week later our guide stopped off here en route to the airport. Marc recognised us straight away and came over for a chat. A great deal of effort has gone into sorting this place out. The lovely, spacious, modern lodges just didn’t compare - each to their own - I loved the small, welcoming feel of this place.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary Hotel Arusha
- Mount Meru Game Lodge And Sanctuary
- Mount Meru Game Arusha