Finally A Beautiful Lodge in Tanzania That Does NOT Have Racist Price Policies! I travel to Tanzania frequently and am weary of being charged more simply because I am not native and White. In the USA racist pricing is illegal, but in Tanzania it is common practice. What an absolute delight to come across Kiboko Lodge, which not only charged a fair rate but offered exceptional service and accommodations! We stayed a week in the Simba hut and had rather specific needs for our stay. As our nonprofit (SISAL Foundation) is the reason for my travel there, we required solid WiFi connectivity to plan our work for the month. When I say solid, I mean without fail. This is nearly impossible to find in Tanzania, but Kiboko Lodge delivered it 100%! Another requirement of mine that is nearly impossible to find in Tanzania is hot water with enough pressure to wash my long, thick, curly hair. Again, Kiboko Lodge delivered it 100%! My third non-negotiable requirement is hot fresh coffee first thing in the morning. I am delighted to say that it was delivered to our room every morning; I cannot tell you how much I appreciated that! The accommodations were lovely. One is far enough in the bush to have a wilderness experience with animals and birdsongs all around. Sometimes we enjoyed breakfast in the tearoom, other times in the open-air lodge overlooking the wet grasslands. Every night the staff made sure there was a cozy fire blazing in the lodge fireplace and we enjoyed relaxing near the cracking logs and reviewing the day. The road to Kiboko is typically Tanzanian rough, but that's what it takes to get away from the noise and clamor of the city. Once there, you will forget all about noises and distraction and it is so worth the journey! Having said that, it doesn't take a long time at all before you can reach back to Usa River for all the modern conveniences. We appreciated the warm and welcoming staff who prepared a special evening of a campfire and a candle-lit walkway for stargazing one evening. We visited with guests and the Massai security guard (my partner is Massai so he was happy to have another Massai with whom to speak) and exchanged stories around the campfire. We will be back to take in the beauty and relaxation of the Kiboko Lodge! I only have one suggestion and that is to protect and update the historical information in the Tea Room. There are many travelers such as myself that are interested in the historical background of an lodge as interesting as this one and charitable work it supports.…
I recently stayed here for three nights. This is an inexpensive and peaceful lodge. it beautifully situated on the edge of Arusha National Park. There is no traffic noise whatsoever. And there is little disturbance, to the tranquility of the early mornings and delicious evenings, from those very noisy loud speakers, placed outside many religious institutions around Arusha. A disturbance that plagues so many similarly priced lodges, and quite a few of the more expensive ones too, all around this fast growing city - the primary gateway to a Tanzanian safari. Kiboko Lodge is part of the Watoto foundation. An organisation which aims to give impoverished young people from the cities of Tanzania hope and a fresh start in life. Not only that, the management of Kiboko Lodge is keen to manage the grounds in as ecologically friendly manner as possible. They are undertaking dynamic physical works that in the long run will attract as much wildlife as possible to the lodge. These activities already bring much enjoyment to the guests. If you want to make your hard earned holiday currency do something really useful then I recommend you check it out! This Lodge is beautifully situated with wonderful views, across a grazing meadow, to Mount Meru and the surrounding forests of the national park. Right in front of the lodge is a wetland area that attracts a lot of birds and butterflies, and beautiful dragonflies too, in the appropriate season. This is a lodge where the management is intent on improving the lot of both people and wildlife in Tanzania; and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Accommodation is simple but adequate and the food similar. This is a great place to visit if, as a tourist, you really want to do your bit to improve the condition of the world we live in.…
wonderful place, the location is an ideal for a lodge, its peaceful and quiete, we had good food and staff were very friendly, the rooms was cleaned (small but beautiful designed with verandah) will definelty recomend the lodge to all our friends.
Our first two nights in Arusha were at Kiboko. We arrived late in the evening, there was a warm welcome with late night snack. The lodge is situated a few kilometres from the main road, so we had a nice impression of how people live outside the main village. Close to the entrance of Arusha national park. Very kind and friendly people. Beautiful scenery around the lodge. Very tasteful breakfast served at different terraces. Wonderful start of the holiday!
Absolutly agree with review from Iveta (see iouvry review, we were together) on the top of that (willing staff, food one of the best we experienced on our Tanzanian trip) they prepared for us a very nice suprise after coming back from Mt. Meru hike. The visit at foundation even more improved our pozitive experience from stay in Kibolo lodge. Higly recommended, Robert with family, Slovakia
Wonderful location, delicious food, fantastic service, comfortable rooms with hot showers, absolutely wonderful project to support, would recommend 100 times over to anyone and hope to come here soon again! Such great value for money
We were 2 families who stayed here for 3 nights in July - 2 nights before our Mt Meru hike and 1 night after. The lodge was nicely designed and staff the most helpful. The lodge is part of a foundation that helps street children in Arusha, so besides enjoying the stay, we also had a chance to go and visit their projects. The main lodge was spacious and had enough space to rest and enjoy the meals. Room were reasonably sized ( not huge but comfortable) and bathroom well equipped. Location - was great - next to the pond, so one could enjoy peace and quite, but also bird watching. Food was good and they tried to accommodate our food preferences. Overall - we had a great stay and would really recommend this place.
I spent 1 night at Kiboko Lodge with my 3 kids. We had just landed for long flight and the following day started our journey to Serengeti. The place and the staff are excellent and the evening dinner with the warm coal heaters was magical. This is sustainability in action - both from environmental and social point of view. I recommend others also to make this choice when choosing accommodation in Arusha.
We stayed here for two night. The people were absolutely wonderful, and even more impressive when hearing about their backgrounds. The beds were fantastic, the showers were OK and the food was clearly prepared with a lot of care, and tasted really good.
A lovely lodge with almost perfectly designed chalets, a warm welcome, excellent food, and a log fire to welcome you in the evenings. Staff were very helpful, and an early morning breakfast was no problem. Unforgettable stay!