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Ilboru Safari Lodge
Ranked #4 of 198 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2014

This was a perfectly lovely place to stay before and after our Kilimanjaro climb. The staff were solemn but sweet, and the rooms were simple but clean.

My only advice is to get a room that has more than a door between you and the people next door. I had a pair of Aussies and it sounded like I was in their bed when they were "doing it' (didn't take them long thank god) and discussing their packing for Kili ALL NIGHT LONG.

Some rooms have a wall between which apparently is better.

The avocado mango salad is worth the sleepless nights. Almost.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed here for one night upon our arrival in Arusha before heading off for safari. We arrived quite late (after 11 pm) but there was plenty of staff to greet us and check us in. Our hut was spacious and comfortable. The hot water came on right away and there was ample supply. The gardens were lovely. We did not have time to really enjoy the property as we left early the next morning, but everything looked quite nice. Breakfast was an extensive buffet with fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and cereals, coffee, tea and fresh juice to choose from. (The standard safari lodge breakfast in TZ!) This is a great place to start/end your safari.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Dana210
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We stayed here both upon arrival in Arusha and at the end of our safari. One gets to this small resort by passing through a dirt road and a very poor area (which can feel discouraging when you first get there), but the lodge is nice, set in a wonderful lush garden, with a nice swimming pool. The rooms are nice, the windows of the newer ones have nets. They only provide one towel per person and a small hand soap, but they have plenty of hot water :-) The internet connection is slow and unstable, but works well early in the morning. The food is good and the Owner and his staff are friendly. Given the garden and the pool, I think it is one of the best options in Arusha.

Room Tip: ask for one of the new rooms (32 to 36)..they are further out form the reception, but are cleaner an...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Arusha is a bustling nice city and the hub for many safari tours. We came in from Ngorogoro and needed a one night stay. This lovely hotel is situation in the middle of a very busy area and is a true oasis. Gardens are gorgeous, some of the prettiest we saw on the trip. It is private acreage and safe and we loved it. Rooms are spacious and clean with 4 poster, netting, kerosene lamp on outside sitting area and a great pool and spa if you have the time. Only negative i would mention is that when we checked in they neglected to tell us that dinner was included. We did not order much and certainly would have if we had known. Internet was very spotty but no one needs to be plugged in all the time--we learned this. Arusha has a great restaurant downtown which caters to American/European tastes and is a welcome change. Great deal for the money. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask if dinner is included. There are new huts and older ones--go for the newer ones.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We stayed two nights because we were meeting a tour group. Entering from a dirt road among poor quality housing, you enter a haven of green tranquility. Helpful reception staff, nice rooms and bathrooms, good swimming pool, wifi near the pool but not in the rooms. Restaurant is good enough, nothing special, but good breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

A magnificant garden, great hospitality, good food. Fantastic place to stay for more than a couple of days! You don't expect this quality when you enter the area. Owners are interested and very friendly, like the staff. Nice, big pool with service. Menu with all kinds of food, even european ( dutch...!!). But it really feels like Africa, not like a fancy hotel which could be in any continent.

Room Tip: A lodge in the garden is like a dream come true!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is a lovely, quiet place, just outside the steamy city centre. Extremely friendly staff. Clean and spacy rooms in huts spread over a wonderful garden full of plants and trees. Hot shower in every room. Nice swimming pool. Very good restaurant, both in and outdoors. An excellent lodge where I have repeatedly stayed. Always enjoyed it, always look forward to it.

Stayed: January 2014
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Additional Information about Ilboru Safari Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 8012, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Ranked #4 of 198 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Price Range: £73 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Ilboru Safari Hotel Arusha

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