Legendary Lodge Arusha

We began our Khashana East African Adventure tour in Tanzania at Legendary Lodge in Arusha. One might be a bit unsettled when turning onto the road leading to Legendary Lodge in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the turnoff takes about an hour, and is lined with bars, bars and more bars, with lots of Tanzanians hanging out, motorcycle ‘taxis’ everywhere, and occasional fires burning (it was evening). The highway through town was the only pavement we saw; dirt roads, dirt yards, and probably many dirt floors, lined the highway. To get to the Lodge, we did a 180 degree turn onto a rutted, dusty dirt road. But the minute we passed through the Lodge’s gates, we could tell we were in a very special (and secluded) place, set back away from the highway.

Legendary Lodge Arusha
Legendary Lodge Arusha

We were greeted by Natalie, Joseph and the rest of the staff with refreshing cool facecloths and beverages on the steps of the main lodge, and our bags were whisked away to our own private villas which included a mosquito-netted (bigger than?) king-sized bed, a living area with fireplace and breakfast table, and a huge luxurious bathroom with rainshower, freestanding tub, double vanity, makeup table, wardrobe and more. Welcome to Tanzania, Legendary Lodge style!!

hmmm... I think this will work ....
hmmm… I think this will work ….
The bathrooms are amazing; tub and wardrobe almost doubles what you see in this pic
The bathrooms are amazing; tub and wardrobe almost doubles what you see in this pic
This comfy bed will come in handy after our trek up Kili!
This comfy bed would come in handy after our trek up Kili!

We sipped our first traditional aperitifs (gin and tonic – a holdover from English colonial days) and nibbled on garlic, black and chili olives, then sat down to a wonderful late dinner of lake Perch and Malva pudding (regional specialties).

The Lodge is situated on a working coffee plantation; the grounds are lovely, lush and tropical gardens, and the Jacaranda trees were blooming. We awoke to fantastic views of Mount Meru, which had been clouded over when we arrived the night before. 

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The Jacaranda trees were in bloom
The Jacaranda trees were in bloom
Out our door... coffee plantation and Mount Meru
Out our door… coffee plantation and Mount Meru

Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano about 40 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro, standing almost 15,000 feet high. According to Wiki, it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Its most recent eruption (a minor one) was in 1910.

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Our Khashana hosts, Brandy and Will
Our Khashana hosts, Brandy and Will

We stayed at Legendary Lodge for two nights before our Kili trek (see previous posts for details on that epic adventure!) and for one night after. The rest of our Khashana travel group was there waiting for us on our return from Kili, and we all celebrated our successful climb and our upcoming adventure with another wonderful meal in the Lodge’s restaurant.

Will and the ladies
Will and the ladies
Our Khashana East African Adventure group and the fantastic staff at Legendary Lodge Arusha
Our Khashana East African Adventure group and the fantastic staff at Legendary Lodge Arusha

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2 Comments

  1. What a lovely looking lodge and the photos are beautiful. It also seems that you had an interesting group of people to share your adventure. Everyone should try at least once to make it to Africa for a trip of a lifetime. Glad you shared. Thanks.

    1. Audrey, You are so right… Africa is a MUST and our trip leaders Will and Brandy with Khashana made our trip so special, as did the other people in our group. It was a fantastic trip; pictures of the Serengeti and the gorillas in Uganda coming up!

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