Select Lodges near Arusha

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge.

I’ve known Ngare Sero since 1986 and guided safaris outfitted by the lodge from 1986-91. No other lodge near Arusha holds so many wonderful memories for me.

Located near the village of Usa River and standing proud in a saved piece of forest this lodge has a dammed fresh water spring that has been cleverly diverted to create a trout farm. These buildings date back to 1906. But do not let the age of this wonderful place fool you. The standards of decor upkeep here are exceptional by any standard. Lovingly maintained and family run this is the lodge to wind down at after a long and adventurous safari or if you need a place to base yourself if writing that novel we all want to write!

Forest walks here at dawn or sunset are excellent and I myself have recorded over 100 species of birds within the grounds over the years. Black and white Colobus and Gentile Sykes monkeys bound in the trees while fish eagles and giant kingfishers hunt for trout, and if luck is yours that evening the view of Kilimanjaro from the lodge verandah is a must with a gin and tonic.

With only 8 large rooms and an even larger suite in the main building with its own private verandah, Ngare Sero Moutain Lodge is the most beautiful place to stay close to Arusha.

Ngare Sero Ngare Sero

Zanzibar bed Zanzibar bed in one of the rooms

I will be constanly checking up on these selected places and looking at any new or refurbished lodges in the Arusha area.

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