Karama Lodge, Arusha
This charmingly rustic lodge is perched on the eastern face of one of the foothills of Mount Meru, and has views of Kilimanjaro on clear days. The secluded rooms have their own balconies, and there are lots of stairs to contend with, making this lodge unsuitable for those with restricted mobility.
Rooms at Karama Lodge
The large beds are comfortable, and are supplied with mosquito nets power points for recharging phones and cameras, as well as umbrellas for the rains. There are no hair-dryers, nor telephones to contact reception. The ensuite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets, and are supplied with individual boilers. Some of the boilers of the first lodges to be built are wood-fired, so getting them going can take a little time. There are no shaver-points, and no bathtubs.
The Restaurant at Karama Lodge
The restaurant and bar over look the pool, and are furnished in a rustic farmhouse style. Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai and African dishes complete the menu. The service times can be 20-25 minutes, as all dishes are freshly prepared. Late arrivals an dietary restrictions can be catered for if advanced notice is given, but they cannot cater for Halal or Kosher diets.
Facilities at Karama Lodge
The light and cool bar has a pool table (perfect to entertain the kids with while you relax with a book). Wi-Fi is available in all rooms at TSH4k/hr (about £1.60), or TSH25k/day (about £10). There is a laptop connected to the internet that can be hired at TSH4000/hr. The pool has a wide sunbathing area, and they offer free ‘left luggage’ and safe-deposit services for guests going on climbs/safaris. There is a full body massage service for $50/hr, and yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Their generator is regularly called into use due to the frequent power cuts in this semi-rural location.