Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits
on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro.
Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees
and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea and giant
cactus plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds
build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies
and squirrels dart through the gardens.
250 kms from Nairobi, approximately 4 hours drive on tarmac
and murram all weather road. Flying from Nairobi is approximately 40 minutes,
and an hour’s transfer time to the lodge.
The reception desk is designed like the entrance into a
Masai hut, and the wall behind is painted in bold brown strokes, and decorated
with silver spear heads, and Masai beaded necklaces.
The lobby is open, spacious and airy. It has a high ceiling,
with glass painted with colourful Masai paraphernalia sketches, and the
bottom of this are beautiful green plants.
The light fixtures are long and round calabashes, cleverly put together
giving a warm lighting effect in the evenings.
On one side of the wall are long, thin wrought iron Masai figures.
To carry on the theme, silver spear heads are hanging from the roof.
Large comfortable seats complete the décor.
On the left hand side is a Masai market, which is owned by the local
community, and the proceeds help run their community. Besides the market,
is a well stocked boutique (gift) shop stocked with varieties of African
A walkway over a fish pond, from the lobby, extending from the lobby,
leads to the Kibo restaurant and Mawenzi bar.
83 rooms in total
40 rooms with 2 queen size beds of which, 6 of them have
interconnecting doors, ideal for families and 24 rooms can be turned to
triples on request.
21 rooms with one king size bed, of which 2 rooms are suitable
for the physically challenged, and 1 room is a honeymoon suite.
22 rooms have one queen size bed.
6 of the rooms have interconnecting doors ideal for families.
The pathways leading to the rooms, are sheltered with beautiful
plants and trees.
The rooms are constructed as individual huts, and they are all spacious,
with en-suite bathrooms, and verandah.
The same building materials are used for all, but in different combinations.
The interior is painted with cream walls and a contrasting ochre colour.
Local materials like sisal, driftwood, Masai blanket fabric, canvas, wrought
iron, are all used for furnishings, maintaining the African theme.
Light fixtures include hurricane like lamps as bedside lamps.
The honeymoon suite is perched up in a very strategic location.
This is a large and spacious room with beautiful drift wood furniture,
including the king size bed. An ornamental fireplace separates the bedroom
and the lounge which faces the mountain. A spacious verandah surrounds
the suite, ideal for lounging early morning and evening, when the mountain
can best be seen in its glory.
It also has a kitchenette and one is accorded total privacy.
Kibo restaurant named after the tallest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro,
is a round structure with a thatched papyrus covered roof and an exterior
giving it a feel of an African hut, with the exterior walls plastered
to look like rough and painted earth red/mustard colour, giving it an
African bush like ambiance.
The glass windows and doors face the mountain and right in the centre
is a fire place with bakuba fabrics extended and tied to the ceiling.
The fireplace is decorated all around with carvings of wild life.
The walls have wooden panels carved with African artwork and framed
bakuba fabrics completing the décor.
Light fixtures are calabashes hanging from the high ceiling cleverly
hung with goat skin shade lamps.
The whole restaurant is painted in mustard and contrasting terracotta
colours, and opens out onto the terrace which is used for dining weather
permitting ad this has an awesome view of the mountain, sitting majestically
right in front of it.
Right in front of the terrace is an area which has a bon fire pit and
seats around it, perfect for after dinner drinks with a nearby by fish
pond with colourful zebra fish.
Mawenzi bar is named after one of
the peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. It has a lot of character with beautiful
furnishings made of authentic African driftwood.
The wall is tastefully decorated with spears, calabashes, wood carvings,
shields and Masai beaded wall hangings.
The bar counter has a clay top finishing, and on the side, carved wood
panels, with high wooden and wrought iron stools.
In the center is a large fire place with wood carvings
around the perimeter, and when lit at night, it gives the whole room a
very cosy and intimate atmosphere.
A high ceiling covered with papyrus reeds keeps it airy and light.
The other side of this bar area has comfortable hyacinth seats, and
the ceiling lights are covered with huge patch work goat skin hide lamp
shade. In the center is a tree growing that has been cleverly utilized
as a table with high bar stools around it.
Glass windows allow a magnificent view of the mountain. A terrace extends
out and is ideal for relaxing and holding barbeques while enjoying the
view during the day, and on warm nights.
Traditional Masai dancers entertain the guests here on alternative
Hemingway’s bar is a unique
historical structure, designed like the shape of Africa, sitting right
at the top if the property between rocks, and has an uninterrupted view
of the park. A marbel stone-decorated fire place is strategically in the
centre. Underneath is a natural beautiful cave furnished with the original
African wooden stools.
The late Ernest Hemingway built it as a house and has a lot of history
attached to it, and old pictures of this grand man in his hunting days,
are framed and hung on the walls. Very old wooden lounge chairs with leather
backs, add on to the character of the bar, and the drinks display counter
is built on a natural volcanic rock.
Right at the bottom is a feeding area and water hole which is often
frequented by elephants, mongoose and hyenas.
Painted in bright orange colour and blue mosaic tiled counter, it is
situated in one corner, and adds a contrast to the greenery of the
garden around the pool area and the azure water of the swimming pool.