At a Glance
Beautiful colonial style lodge on the edge of Arusha town
Enjoy delicious meals on the verandah of the main house
Perfectly placed to start or end your Tanzanian safari
Set in the midst of a coffee plantation, with freshly ground coffee available to buy
Wonderful spa with a range of treatments for the weary traveler
Wake to the wonderful sight of Mount Meru, blue and hazy through the early morning mistAnna Hearn
Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee from the coffee bushes surrounding the plantation – and then take some home with you!Anna Hearn
Enjoy an Amarula on the rocks in front of the lodge’s roaring fire before bedtimeAnna Hearn
To start planning your vacation to Legendary Lodge
Set in the shadow of the majestic Mount Meru, sometimes swathed in misty cloud, Legendary Lodge really does live up to its name.
At the end of a sweeping drive which carves its way through ramrod-straight rows of coffee bushes, each bush drooping with the weight of its red coffee beans, is this very special lodge. Perfectly manicured gardens with towering mature trees, brightly colored flowers dotted about, and a myriad of birdlife surround the main house, decorated in colonial style and with a huge veranda on which delicious lunches are served.
The rooms are nestled in the gardens, comfortably apart from each other and each with its own veranda, some with views of the mountain and others with views of the garden. These rooms themselves are vast, each with a sitting area complete with open fire, and steps up to either twin or king size beds. At the back is the bathroom, with a delectable range of Africology toiletries, a rain shower and enormous bath, and double basins.
It’s a tranquil little bit of paradise, and perfect for a pre- or post-safari stopover, or indeed for a few nights’ relaxing break. Little touches can be found here and there – a vase of fresh roses in the room; a spiral bound notepad for guests to take with them; or a freshly stocked fruit bowl.
The lodge also has an extensive spa offering massages for the weary traveler, or manicures and pedicures. Overall the feeling is of very relaxed and understated luxury – but luxury all the same – and this makes Legendary Lodge one of our favorites in Arusha.
Location & Directions
Located on the outskirts of Arusha in lush tropical gardens and surrounded by a working coffee farm, Legendary Lodge sits in the shadow of the majestic Mount Meru in northern Tanzania.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.