Pre-Safari Arusha Hotels

Standard Grade Hotels in Arusha

The standard grade hotels that we use are:

The Outpost Lodge

(15 minute walk from town; a homely and quiet setting; pool)

The Arusha Naaz Hotel

(conveniently located in the centre of town; no gardens or pool)

Le Jacaranda

(15 minute walk from town; spacious rooms, no pool)

Visitors should realise that while these hotels are ‘satisfactory’, adequately equipped and conveniently situated, visitors regular comment that the standards of hot water and electricity provision are considerably below what they would expect to find at a European or US hotel in a similar price range. This is largely because the electricity supply in Tanzania is very poor. In order to ensure a good supply of these conveniences it is necessary to upgrade to a luxury hotel.

Mid-Range Hotels in Arusha

The following are our usual options for those wanting to stay in one of Arusha’s mid-range hotels:

L’Oasis Lodge

Impala Hotel

Karama Lodge

While these are of a higher quality than our standard hotel options it is still not uncommon to receive similar complaints about hot water.

The Oasis is nestled away very quietly in its own shaded grounds and usually has excellent food. We have fewest complaints from Oasis, although some guests find that their freshly cooked meals take a long time to prepare and we are sometimes told that they run out of hot water.

Complaints about the Impala tend to concern it’s being very busy and crowded. It is one of Arusha’s largest hotels and is often fully booked. The Impala has a 24 hour restaurant which is very convenient for those arriving on late flights.

While nicely situated on a hill away from the bustle, we have received complaints that Karama’s staff appear to be trained to prioritise guests that have booked a climb or safari with the company that owns this lodge.

Those wanting uninterrupted relaxation before and after their climb, of the highest quality available in or around Arusha should consider requesting one of the following.

Upper Mid-Range & Luxury Hotels in or near Arusha

Onsea House

Our number one choice of all accommodation options within reach of Arusha. This is a small guesthouse with only 5 double rooms. There are no twin room configurations. Very early booking – several months ahead of travel – is usually necessary and cancellation penalties are necessarily strict with such a small establishment. Onsea has truly world class cuisine, head and shoulders above any alternatives in Arusha. The place benefits from very close attention to detail and a rare awareness of guests’ needs. The only criticisms we recall receiving concern the proximity of the front room in the main house to the dining terrace, where visitors fuelled by the excellent dinner-inclusive wines, can sometimes get a little exuberant.

The Arusha Hotel

The most conveniently situated luxury hotel in the Arusha area and thought to be one of East Africa’s oldest buildings. US President Clinton was accommodated here.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

This is one of Arusha’s most expensive lodges. Rooms and cuisine are excellent – perhaps second only to Onsea. The venue is convenient for those beginning a safari, though is less so for those beginning a climb.

Moivaro Lodge

20 minutes out of town along a very poorly maintained dirt road, though in beautiful and quiet surroundings.

Arumeru River Lodge

25 minutes out of town; not a particularly convenient location from which to begin a climb or safari. Guides’ briefings are only possible on the morning of collection, not on the evening prior to the event’s start.

KIA Lodge

5 minutes from JRO airport. Climbers selecting this lodge will not have an evening pre-safari briefing but will meet their guide and be briefed on the morning of the safari. Very convenient for those whose flights arrive late in the evening and who are scheduled to start their safari the following morning.

Arusha Hotel Costs

Costs for upgrading your hotel or requesting additional nights at a standard grade hotel are given here.

Hotel & Lodge Locations

Locations of the hotels that we use can be seen by clicking on the links in the left hand pane of our interactive map.