Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
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Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a beautiful place at the foothills of Meru just 30 min from busy Arusha town center.
Unlike most lodges in Arusha which were built in a past decade or so, Ngare Sero is a place with a 100-year-long history. The main house of the lodge was built in 1905 by Germans who started coffee and rubber plantations in the area. After the 1st world war the place changed hands to English Government, and after the 50’s it was a “haunted ghost house”. 40 years ago Mike and Gisella Leach restored the property and turned it into one of the first lodges in Arusha area. Their son Timothy is now running the lodge and together with his Russian fiancée Katya is helping to make sure that guests who come to stay here feel like home.
Me and my girlfriends stayed at the pool suites and spent most of our time chilling in a 30 meter swimming pool surrounded by the garden with flowers, aloe cactus and ginger. There are beautiful horses to ride, lake for boating and forests with rare black-n-white colobus and Sykes monkeys and lots of birds.
Some of the Tanzanian staff have worked here for more than 15 years, and they all were very helpful and nice. The food was great – fresh and delicious from organic vegetable gardens. Our favorite dish was rainbow trout which comes from their own fish farm.
At sunset you can see the spectacular snow cap of Kilimanjaro from the balcony of the main building. And after dark the best thing to do is sip wine next to the fireplace in the cozy living room downstairs.
There is a nice shop at the reception where you can buy hand-picked local crafts – Masai jewelry, wood carvings and simple clothes made from African fabrics by local charity organizations. We didn’t want to go to town, and we bought all our souvenirs here.
For us it was a perfect place to stay before and after our safari, were we could rest, relax and enjoy being in nature. I felt like home when I was here and I hope to be back some day.Recommended for: