Kilimanjaro has always been a very special place to me. I've made some of the best memories of my life there. From watching the sunrise from the east side of Kilimanjaro to it melting under the Mt. Meru, endless walks within coffee plantations, the smell of Coffee at Union Cafe and Fifis, Lunches at Melinda's and Aika Ma, the fresh spring waterbodies, walks within TPC sugar farm, drives to Majimoto and skinny dipping on rivers on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro - endless enchantment.
This time round, I together with The Bongolese (Neema)) and That Tanzanian Guy (Danny) got to explore and experience the beauty of Kilimanjaro - an experience that was curated by Laitolya Tours and Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge.
Built in 1895 by a German farmer who established a coffee plantation at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, known as Kifumbu and Maze, he ran the farm up until 1945 where the farm was taken under the custodian of the British up untill 1967, thereafter the Tanzanian government handed over the coffee estate to the Co-operative society. In 1990, a local tour company managed to acquire the portion of this area, rehabiliated and built other structures between 1990 and 1995. To this date, the facility can cater to 120 guests.
Kilemakyaro is located on the outskirts of Moshi, in a place called Kibosho at a height of 1134 meters above sea level the Lodge boast a view of all three, yes 3, peaks of the Kilimnajaro: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, and is nestled on a well manicured grounds with palm trees and other tropical flora all over with the ocassional surprise sighting of butterflies.
After check-in, we were welcomed into our cottages and given a tour by the sweetest and most hospitable staff. That’s one thing you might notice at Kilemakyaro – everyone is so accommodating and kind-hearted. They are the sweetest of people who really go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
We got to stay at one of the 23 Chagga cottages, round in shape with a thatched roof, situated amongst greenery and with a paved walkway connecting each chalet. The walk to our cottages made you feel like you were in a tropical oasis, with lush greenery and palm trees lining the sides until you arrive at your cottage. The cottages comes with 2 private rooms each. Some rooms have twin beds, while some have double beds inside. My favorite area was definitely the cottage veranda were you could sit and take in the green beauty all around and the view of Mountain Kilimanjaro.
If you are a lover of organic and fresh food, then you will love your time here as the lodge estate grows all it's fruit and vegetable so as to serve their guest with the freshest African flavored meals. And if you love Avocado, then pay a visit during the avocado season as they will serve you the tastiest Avos from their farm, in plenty.
For breakfast, you had the option of going out to the restaurant or having it served in your cottage. We opted to have breakfast and most of other meals served at their restaurant, which we really loved as we got time to plan our experiences before we embarked out.
While there, Laitolya Tours planned for our Materuni Waterfalls experience and we also got to experience Lake Chala and the Majimoto Hotsprings in Boma ngombe. The Lodge also offers a Spa and a pool - if you enjoy relaxing after your expeditions, or if you really just want a whole day to relax, unwind and rejuvanate.
I highly reccomend Kilemakyaro for any adventurous soul looking for a place to relax after a day of exploring and immersing in the beauty that Kilimanjaro has to offer.