Kigongoni Lodge is approximately 10km east of Arusha, and is convenient for trips to Arusha, Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro and JRO Airport. It is set on top of a small hill – Kigongoni is Swahili for ‘Hill’ – and is surrounded by a large fence for security, with good views to the east and south.
The lodge was established as an appendage to a valuable philanthropic work, founded largely by the grandfather of the present owner. The work of Sibusiso Foundation assists local children that have learning difficulties to integrate themselves into the rest of society, and to teach them how to care for themselves and attain as much independence as possible. By early 2012, the Foundation had already helped 2,900 people.
We like Kigongoni for the following reasons: some of the operation’s proceeds contribute towards a work that we feel is a genuine outlet of selfless altruism, and one that is much needed in the area. The owners have a near year-
All this said, those needing a glossed finish and European standards of decor, should rather look at Onsea. Kigongoni suits those who enjoy good standards of hospitality in a somewhat left-
Rooms at Kigongoni
The large lodges with their generously proportioned bathrooms overlook the forest, which has a large monkey population. The lodges at the bottom of the slope may prove a challenge for post-
The restaurant and bar areas are arranged spaciously so as to provide good privacy at most tables, are comfortable and cosy, and serve good food. The local monkey and squirrel populations are quite inured to the presence of humans, and might try to take food from the table unless chased away.
For those wanting the accessible seclusion of Kigongoni and yet at least one meal of the highest standard of cuisine available within reach of Arusha, the journey to Onsea House’s Machweo Restaurant takes fewer than 10 minutes along non-
Facilities at Kigongoni Lodge
The reception, bar and restaurant are at the summit of the hill, with the pool just beyond. Wi-