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Karama Lodge and Spa, Tanzania

Nestled in the forest of Suye Hill National Park at the base of Mount Meru, the eco-friendly Karama Lodge brings guests close to nature.

Monkeys are often seen jumping from tree to tree ­— or running around the garden — while safaris, treks up Mt Kilimanjaro and volcano tours are just some of the activities on offer.

Guests can stay in one of 22 stilted cabins, just 10 minutes from Arusha’s town centre. Constructed from local materials, each cabin has constant hot water and a private balcony opening onto the garden, offering arresting views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

The bar lounge and restaurant also offer stunning vistas and is a great spot for sundowners, refreshing cocktails, mouth-watering snacks or something more substantial, with a wide choice of meat, fresh fish and vegetarian options.

Chefs serve continental cuisine using local fresh Tanzanian products where possible, and most of the vegetables served are grown organically in the lodge’s garden.

The lodge is run by the eco-friendly trekking and safari company, Tropical Trails, who have — over the course of more than 20 years — endeavoured to support indigenous cultures and wildlife. The company is committed to responsible tourism, free of environmental inadequacy, cultural exploitation and mass consumption.

Tropical Trails has also developed a project called the Arusha Children Trust, which was designed to give back to the community through education and guidance, aimed specifically at underprivileged children in remote areas of Tanzania.

The company caters for a range of guests, from the solo backpacker to the VIP traveller or large groups, offering mountain trekking, 4×4 or walking safaris, and cultural and historic excursions with professional guides and nature experts.

Its thematic tours — which include birding, volcanoes, painting or photography — are led by reputable tutors, international artists and specialists who bring a strong artistic and scientific input to the safaris.

Guests of Karama can wind down by taking a yoga class, booking an indulgent massage or manicure, or heading to the saltwater swimming pool to take a dip while listening to the sounds of the surrounding forest.

Need to know


· 22 stilted ensuite cabins
· Restaurant and lounge
· Swimming pool
· Conference facilities
· Yoga classes
· Massage room
· Free wi-fi
· Guided tours/treks/safaris
· Spa treatments
T: +255 754 475 188

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