CarolToulouse-com wrote a review on Sep 16, 2019
Highly recommended when going to Arusha – 5 Stars
We (family of four, two kids of 12 and 15 years) travelled for almost five weeks self-driving and self-organised across Tanzania (JUL /AUG 2019). Our trip started and ended in Arusha and brought us to NCA, Serengeti NP, Tabora, Kigoma, Mahale NP, Katavi NP, Mbeya, Lake Malawi, Ruaha NP, Dodoma, Tarangire NP.
The days in Arusha before and after our journey we stayed in Vijiji Lodge. The Lodge is located in a village East of Arusha „downtown“. It is far enough away from the main road so that there is no traffic noise. The rooms can be accessed through the garden, where you might see vervet monkeys, tortoises and different kind of birds, e.g. weavers.
The rooms have a generous size, the beds are comfortable, there is warm water in the bath rooms and everything was very clean.
The most important point is the nice atmosphere of Vijiji Lodge, the kindness and hospitality of the staff and their constant effort to help.
Living in Southern France we are spoiled by French Cuisine. However, we appreciated also the good food in the restaurant, especially the Tanzanian dishes. The food was always prepared with fresh ingredients. The special request of our daughter to have mango pancake for breakfast was realised without hesitation by the friendly chef.
We also very nicely perceived the neighbourhood of Vijiji Lodge, the village around with its very nice people, the local school and, moreover, the little local market behind the lodge where we bought vegetables and fruits.
The pick-up and drop-off at the airport was efficient and good. The rate was fair, compared to other offers we had.
We visited a Maasai Village with a guide from Vijiji Lodge, driving in our own Land Cruiser – it was our wish to see a village not influenced by tourism – it was exactly what was shown to us: off the beaten tracks, no beads and other tourist souvenirs, just the Maasais, their dwellings, their cattle – a very much appreciated cultural experience. A Maasai cattle market was then the cherry on the cake.
Coming back from our tour to Vijiji felt like coming home. When coming back to Arusha one day, we would chose Vijiji again.