Arumeru River Lodge


Arusha, Northern Tanzania

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

Arumeru River Lodge

Arumeru is a great place to stay on arrival into northern Tanzania before heading off on your safari adventure. It’s in the grounds of an old coffee plantation, conveniently located between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha.

Arumeru is one of the lodges we’d recommend for people needing a night near Arusha on arrival or prior to departing from Kilimanjaro Airport (though if your flight is at a silly time of the night or morning we’d advise KIA Lodge).

The lodge is set in large tropical gardens boasting a diverse number of birds and smaller mammals including the smallest antelope the dik dik.  Central to the gardens is a pool surrounded by relaxing chairs and sunbeds with plenty of shade offered by the native trees and umbrellas.

The meals at Arumeru are excellent and much of the fresh produce is grown or foraged from their own gardens.  Meals tend to be an eclectic mix of Swahili and European cuisine, complemented with an excellent array of wines from South Africa.

Why Stay?

For a gentle, unrushed start to your safari, Arumeru is a good choice. Most people spend just one night, but you can easily spend a couple of days here. Arusha National Park is only half an hour away or you could spend time exploring the grounds and the forest beyond.  Horse riding is also possible by special arrangement and there are guided tours of the local coffee plantations nearby.

Arumeru and the surrounding areas are also particularly noted for birding, and the owner himself is a keen birder and will happily arrange birding walks.  Arumeru has its own bird list.

Arumeru River Lodge highlights

  • Only 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Lush tropical gardens
  • Perfect base to start your safari holiday
  • Fabulous birding on the doorstep
  • Views of Kilimanjaro

Arumeru River Lodge location

Arumeru River Lodge


  • 28 room lodge
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Spacious gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • WIFI
  • Laundry service
  • Boutique and curio shop


  • Bird watching
  • Day trips to Arusha National Park
  • Cultural Tours
  • Coffee Plantation Visits
  • Nature Walks
  • Horse riding – special request
  • BBQ nights

Arumeru River Lodge rooms

Standard lodge rooms

At Arumeru there are 21 spacious lodge rooms.  Each room is uniquely decorated and benefit from a large walk in shower and a double wash basin.  The bed is swathed with a large mosquito net which will be turned down for you at dusk.  Each room has a good number of electric sockets fitted with both EU and US plugs and a hair dryer is available on request.

Junior Suites

In addition to the 21 lodge rooms, Arumeru also has six junior suites with a luxurious amount of space 45sqm and benefit from an additional private verandah.  The walk in shower is larger than the one in the lodge room and the rooms also have wifi.

Meru Cottage

Finally the Meru Cottage which is a fantastic option for families or couples travelling together who prefer their own private lounge area.  The cottage is spread across two floors with a central living room incorporating a cosy open fire, perfect for chilly Arusha nights.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.