Quite ideally situated on the outskirts of busy Arusha, this lodge is a brilliant spot to stay either before or after your safari in Tanzania. It is quite a surprisingly long drive through town to reach from Kilimanjaro International Airport (roughly 90 minutes) but as it is hidden on the grounds of one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, the distance is worth it. Yes, you might be exposed to a busy city and hard traffic but once you arrive, the plantation houses offer you a homely space to either relax after a long international flight, or to flick through your photos before you head home again. In the main lodge you can enjoy the warmth of open log fires while sipping a well-earned gin and tonic or spend time out on the garden terrace breathing in the smells of the plantations around you.
The plantation itself can be explored on a 2 hour guided walk which is a superb insight into the methods of coffee harvesting and ends with an excellent brew of the local beans at the end. You have the chance to venture into Arusha if the need takes you, but otherwise you can just make the most of the large grounds which are very popular with locals and expatriates alike. If the midday heat gets a bit much, they also have a pool that is great for dipping your toes into and topping up your safari tan.