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Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary

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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hospitality is great. The meals were great. The fact that there is no wifi in the rooms except in the lounge area is not ideal and something the owners must look at addressing. When travelling on business you need internet connectivity.

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Thank Pearl M
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for two, separate nights here in October at the start and end of our trip to Tanzania and I wish we had stayed for more. I highly recommend 2 or 3 consecutive nights here as a base for day trips and to acclimatize to being in Africa. The welcome was, like the lodge itself, wonderful and unostentatious. We... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lodge was hand picked due to the animals and the fact that we had 2 10 year old boys with us. How wonderful to wake up to zebra, ostrich, peacock, stork, Colobus monkey and other animals. The boys were thrilled with the animals so up close and with the swimming. What a surprise to find that it had all... More 

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Thank Sandi C
Zummi C, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this review

It was a real pleasure meeting you and your family. Thank you for leaving us such a great review. I am glad to hear that you liked the improvements and upgrades that we have made. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Karibu sana anytime More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel may be described as dated but in a lovely way! The rooms are lovely and clean with everything you need including mossie spray and nets over your bed. The sounds of the animals at night is fantastic ..you can choose to eat inside or outside...and the food is lovely and plentiful. Staff are polite and helpful. One thing... More 

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Zummi C, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review. The Mount Meru Game Lodge is one of the oldest lodges in Northern Tanzania and we have tried to keep the place as original as possible while at the same time making the place as comfortable as possible for our guests. We have a tip box and... More 

Victoria
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stayed two nights at Mt. Meru Game Lodge following 24 hours of travel from North America. Couldn't have stayed at a better location. The lodge is situated within a game reserve and while there are only a few animals, it is a quiet spot to catch your breath before heading out on any game safaris. The staff are most... More 

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Thank JoanC659
Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

As a resident living in Arusha it is sometimes a challenge to find a place with the right ingredients to relax. This lodge has it all: a beautiful garden, a pool, monkeys, nice food, impeccable service and a friendly atmosphere. I love coming here in my free time. Compliments to the new management

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Zummi C, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We hope you continue to enjoy the lodge facilities and gardens. Karibu anytime More 

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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff...incredible to sit and have lunch in front of the sanctuary as the animals watch you! Colobus monkeys everywhere. Great service and a great chicken tikka curry. Cocktails are top drawer!

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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

All the amenities in a beautiful setting. I would definitely stay any time. You can take a guided tour of the Usa River community if you want to explore with a local. It was safe for foreign women to walk and shop in Usa River, though. Great place, family run, and a local shop on site that employs locals with... More 

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Zummi C, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the guided tour of the Usa River community. We hope to see you back at the lodge again someday. More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

I was the last of three friends to arrive at Mount Meru Game Lodge late on a Friday night. My two friends had already arrived earlier in the day, met the owner and told him that they were waiting on a third friend to arrive. Upon my arrival, the receptionist took me to where my friends were sitting outside their... More 

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Zummi C, Owner at Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your friends. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the sanctuary room. We hope to see you here again someday. More 

Liverpool
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

A lovely place to start your Safari from. Rooms are basic and quite small, but it is very clean. There are not many rooms which makes it feel very quaint. The owner and staff are very friendly and the place has a lovely atmosphere, especially sitting by the small bonfire where you can enjoy a peaceful drink after tea. The... More 

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary is located within 33 acres of mature, well manicured gardens bounded on one side by the tranquil waters of the Usa River and on the other by the private Sanctuary where our wildlife and birdlife reside. This wildlife and birdlife provide many of our guests with their first exciting game viewing experience. The Mount Meru Game Sanctuary was established in 1960 and over the course of the last half a century and more has received rescued animals from the wild. Normally either injured or orphaned, the sanctuary's first priority is always to rehabilitate these animals and to return them to their natural habitat. In cases where this is not possible, they are released into the sanctuary grounds where, joined by an enormous variety of birdlife, they are able to enjoy the unique freedom offered by our very safe environment. By choosing to stay with us, our guests play a very important role in helping these animals since the activities of the sanctuary are financed entirely by the lodge. Mount Meru Game Lodge is extremely fortunate to receive daily visits from troops of Black & White Colobus Monkeys. The Lodge features 15 guestrooms, including 2 suites, which seamlessly blend understated elegance with contemporary style. Our two suites lie generously situated in the garden overlooking the sanctuary. Each with a cozy bedroom and open living area, complete with fireplace. Both rooms offer a private garden gazebo where one can blissfully relax and soak up an atmosphere of well being. The main building of the lodge consists of a reception area, lounge and bar. The lounge, with its enormous picture windows and comfortable furniture, provides for relaxation in intimate surroundings. The bar is well stocked with a wide selection of spirits, beers and minerals which are complemented by a carefully selected collection of wines. To the front of the main building is a terrace which is shaded by enormous old Mango trees and which enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens to the Sanctuary beyond. In the grounds of the lodge can be found an 'outdoor dining room' which consists of a covered makuti restaurant located in our mature a gardens. The garden with its camp fire allows our guests to dine under the African star-lit sky whilst listening to the exotic night sounds. FREE WiFi is available to all visitors in the Lodges' public areas. Throughout its long history, the lodge & sanctuary have been a popular stop over for many VIP's and Government visitors. Various Presidents of African countries, celebrities, entrepreneurs and members of European Royal families have stayed with us. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary

Address: Arusha-Moshi Road | Usa River, Arusha P.O.Box 2747, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Price Range: $187 - $387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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“I think they are all good.”
 of 5 bubbles SandiC48, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We had a room which faced onto the enclosures where there were zebra ostrich etc”
 of 5 bubbles trina25252, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room facing the pond for views of animals, Room 1 is where I stayed on the first night and isconsidered the best room.”
 of 5 bubbles 2fridad, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms overlooking the reserve are nice. Although there may be monkeys dancing on the tin roof at times.”
 of 5 bubbles Tricia04, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“WiFi is Available in the lobby areas, but some rooms also have it. They were upgrading so maybe more rooms have it now.”
 of 5 bubbles njeri, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
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