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Kigongoni Lodge

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Lyon, France
Reviewed 29 August 2016

stayed for a few nights with my wife, before and after Kili trek. the place is beautiful, calm oasis in bustling Arusha. the owner very friendly and can help with local advice and contacts (Sander facilitated excellent Mt Meru guide, for example). the rooms are very spacious and nice, overlooking the green nature below. Food in restaurant very decent and...

Thank Françoise H
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We spent two nights and one day here to catch our breath after a long flight to Tanzania. The little houses are very cute, provide a big, comfortable bed with mosquito net and big bathroom. The private balconies provide a great view over the valley. The staff is really friendly and enjoyable and very much willing to help. The breakfast...

Thank Luca K
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Booked 3 night stay here while on holiday in Tanzania with family. First of all, the property location is beautiful with amazing landscaping and views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilamanjaro. However, the cottage we stayed in was terrible. Very outdated and not well take care of. Appears the management/ownership is off site and regular upkeep is not a priorit....

Thank Kelli F
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Kelli, Yes we do remember and sincerely regret you we're disappointed with your stay at Kigongoni Lodge! Thanks for your nice words about our place. While you supposed to stay for three nights you already checked out in the very early morning. I spoke with your husband on the phone then. He informed me that overall it was not...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The lodge and individual chalets are very pretty. We had a triple and the layout of the bathroom was terrific. We also had access to a great view of the mountains, marred, unfortunately, by the fog. Our breakfast was very good (loved the egg cups). In addition, the staff was extremely helpful and accommmodating. Some minor complaints: our room had...

Thank mocomama
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thanks for taking the time to post your review and the feedback about the reception desk and walking tour. For sure we will take a look at this. Concerning the walking tour we can inform you that we're planning a walking path through the forest for a better walking experience. You will love it! We hope we can...

Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Its a small authentic african style lodge. We loved it. The location within a forest was peaceful. We saw monkeys and the kids were excited to start their safaris like that. The room was very big and the bathroom too . Breakfast was great . The sitting area cosy with a fire place. I strongly reccomend it. Its a good...

Thank glyka
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for you nice words about Kigongoni Lodge! Greetings from all staff. Hope we can welcome you again in the future. Karibuni!

Rome, Italy
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We have been there just one night but it was more than enough: in one room we found escrements (gieko or mouse...who knows?), no water in the pipes (we had to climb and ask to the reception to open, they don't have telephones in the room to communicate). Mosquito nets with holes and, best of the best... the Manager that...

Thank stefano572016
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Stefano, I am very sorry about your complete dissatisfaction with Kigongoni Lodge. During our talk I already agreed with you that these issues should not occur for which I did apologize, and offered you complementary drinks during your stay. But maybe at the time you were too tired and upset. As you must be aware our staff fixed the...

Bewdley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely location on a hillock just outside Arusha. Quiet, private and safe. Beautiful relaxing tropical gardens around the chalets and a nice looking pool. On the day we were there no views because it was cloudy. The chalets are large detached with giant comfortable beds. Good facilities with shower, bath, safe, etc. No wifi in the rooms. The restaurant food...

Thank Little_Beret
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for this great review! Good to hear you enjoyed your stay at Kigongoni Lodge. I will pass your nice words to staff. They will love it! Karibu sana in the future.

Athens, Georgia
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This lodge was a great start to our trip. Located 30+ mins from Kilimanjaro Airport and on the way to Tarangerie. The staff was very accommodating even though we arrived late at night. Made sure to get us food and water upon arrival. Rooms are very clean and the whole place sets a great vibe for a trip to Tanzania.

Thank DH1180
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Good to hear you enjoyed your stay and the Kigongoni Lodge vibe. Hope to see you again in the future. Karibu sana!!

Lake Oswego, Oregon
Reviewed 1 July 2016

This is a charming hotel situated in a coffee plantation, on top of a hill with lovely views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru. Hotel is 40-45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro airport. The rooms were spacious, spotless, quiet, surrounded by gardens and had private balconies with a view of the valley below and mountain beyond. Beds and linens were comfortable. The...

Thank Allison F
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Allison, So nice to hear you enjoyed your short stay and experienced it all! Whenever your around in the future we hope to host you again. Asante Sana for posting such a great review!!!

Roosendaal, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 July 2016

I visited the Kigongoni lodge in the summer of 2015 with my family. I've enjoyed my stay very much. There was a great variaty of safaris to do. We went to Arusha National park, Tarangire and Serengeti. Each was different to the others in terms of animals seen and also the surroundings. Every day you see something new. The lodge...

Thank Vinlauw
SanderHammer, Owner at Kigongoni Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thanks for your positive review! It is always good to see guests are enjoying. We hope we can host you and your family again in the future.

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just 11km outside Arusha and 40min drive from KIA. On an old coffee plantation, are 19 spacious cottages each with an own balcony/terrace and fireplace. Splendid views on Mnt Meru and Mnt Kilimanjaro. Perfect place to relax before/after a safari and Kilimanjaro climb. With an a la carte restaurant, diverse choice of wines, free WiFi, tranquil swimming pool, lush gardens and a lot of activities in the neighbourhood. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kigongoni Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 11952, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Price Range: €135 - €170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kigongoni Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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“Many steps, not well lit at night. If steps a problem, stay close to dining area. Cottages well-separated for privacy and quiet.”
Donna_Lucky-Now, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms looked about the same. If you have fitness issues-ask for a room close to dining area”
803rikm, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“There are a lot of steps to get to some of the chalets, so ask.”
mocomama, 13 Aug 2016 | Read review
“No suggestion: just avoid it !”
stefano572016, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rooms have balcony views of mountains. They all seem large enough to easily accomodate a cot or baby bed.”
AllisonF490, 1 Jul 2016 | Read review
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