It was the first time I had travelled alone in a foreign country and I was honestly pretty worried, but as soon as I met Frank the manager, when he picked me up from the airport, I felt at home. He was very welcoming. He kindly arranged for me to go on a safari to Arusha National Park with a couple who were staying at the lodge too - I couldn't afford to go alone so I was very grateful for that. The lodge is in a beautiful setting and has plenty of birds and other local wildlife to see. All the staff were very friendly and always happy to help with any queries.
Each morning we had breakfast in the 'Tea Room', which was a lovely building with a view of Mt. Meru and the best place to watch the birds fly by.
The food was fantastic as well. I'm a pretty fussy eater, but they catered to my needs amazingly well. It was by far the nicest food of any of the three lodges I had stayed in during my trip to Tanzania.
The rooms were great too, with very comfortable beds and good, clean facilities.
The profits form the lodge go to the Watoto Foundation to help street children, some of whom I met as all the boys at the foundation came to the lodge for the day. They were so polite and told me of the dreams for the future. Cosmos, one of the boys who worked at the lodge, took me and another guest on guided walk around the local villages and then to the Snake farm. It was a fantastic experience and my first hands on experience of Tanzanian culture.
I recommend visiting in the wet season because you haven't seen beauty until you see Tanzania in the rain.
It was great value for money, which is always a bonus. I honestly have no complaints, which is rare for me to say!
If I ever return to Tanzania I will definitely stay here again and I wish the best of luck to all the staff and the boys at the foundation!
If you are looking to escape from the world for a while or just want to stay in a beautiful location, this is the place to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kiboko Lodge is part of the Watoto Foundation, founded by former retail director Noud and Truus van Hout from The Netherlands. The foundation works to educate street children in Tanzania since 2003. Watoto Foundation is a vocational training centre. Children who suffer from addiction to drugs, glue and alcohol are given the opportunity to build a new life. The Foundation offers them the chance for an education, which will equip them with the necessary skills to find a job. This is unique in a country where 70% of the population are unemployed. Staying at Kiboko Lodge is possible from $83 per person during high season and $73 per person in low season! ... more less