Legendary Lodge

Arusha, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania

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 traveller

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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.

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Insider's View

Wake to the wonderful sight of Mount Meru, blue and hazy through the early morning mist

Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee from the coffee bushes surrounding the plantation – and then take some home with you!

Enjoy an Amarula on the rocks in front of the lodge’s roaring fire before bedtime

Relax by the swimming pool in the beautiful gardens

Go for a bike ride around the plantation and soak up the views.

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Legendary Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Tanzania


Set in beautiful gardens under the shade of Mount Meru, Legendary Lodge is a luxurious and comfortable lodge in Arusha, perfect for an overnight stop either before or after visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Tarangire.

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 coloured 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 traveller, 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 favourites in Arusha.

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Anna Hearn (Staff)

I absolutely loved Legendary Lodge when I visited briefly in June 2013. After a tiring overnight flight and a transfer there can be nothing better than arriving in its tranquil surroundings and being brilliantly looked after. The food is exquisite, usually served on the outside verandah, and the service exceptional. They make the best gin and tonic I have ever had!

The lodge is set in beautifully tended gardens, surrounded by coffee plantations, and is the perfect place to relax before or after your safari. For guests having had a really long flight, I'd highly recommend this for two nights before your safari to really give you a chance to relax and unwind. There is a spa offering massages and other treatments, and the gardens are perfect for relaxing or for some birdwatching - we spent our breakfast watching a family of weavers working busily. A really great spot in Arusha to start or end your safari.


Chem Chem and Legendary Expeditions, Tanzania - 25% Discount

Combine any of the lodges and camps in Chem Chem Safaris and Legendary Expeditions for 7 or 10 nights and receive 25% off your accommodation.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Book from 25 February 2021 to 19 December 2021
Travel from 25 February 2021 to 19 December 2021
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Legendary Expeditions, Tanzania - 25% Long Stay Discount

Stay at any of the Legendary Expeditions camps and lodges for 5 nights or more and receive 25% off your accommodation.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Book from 25 February 2021 to 19 December 2021
Travel from 01 January 2021 to 05 January 2022
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  • Game drive in the Serengeti

    Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.

  • Search for the migration herds

    One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

  • Visit to the Shanga workshop

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Location & directions

Arusha, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania

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.

How to get there

8-hour 40-minute British Airways international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour international flight to Arusha Airport. Alternatively fly via Nairobi with Kenya Airways, or via Europe with a European airline to Kilimanjaro International. The lodge is only 50-minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 10-minutes from Arusha Airport.

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