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Katambuga House
Katambuga House
Katambuga House

Katambuga House: Our full report

Situated just a 10-minute drive from Arusha Airport, Katambuga House is an elegant lodge with six comfortable bedrooms.

It is set in tropical gardens and has lovely views of Mount Meru.

Katambuga House’s location, on the west side of Arusha, makes it a great choice for an overnight stay before your safari. It is close to Arusha Airport, allowing for quick transfers for onwards safari flights, and if you're on a private guided trip it allows you easily escape Arusha without driving through the town.

Katambuga House consists of just six well-appointed bedrooms, three of which are part of the main house and three which are set in the gardens. They feel fresh and modern, with a neutral colour scheme and floor to ceiling windows which let in plenty of light. Each room can be arranged either as a double or a twin, and beds are surrounded by a retractable mosquito net. They put out fresh flowers on the coffee table and artwork, including some impressive wildlife photography, decorates the walls. A ceiling fan helps to keep you cool during hot afternoons and there is an electric safe for valuables. Sliding glass doors lead out on to a veranda with a couple of chairs overlooking the garden.

All the bedrooms have an en-suite bathrooms (shower, not bathtubs) and toiletries and hairdryers are provided.

The open-plan lounge and dining area in the main house is furnished with comfortable chairs and sofas, and there's a fireplace as the focal point. There is a dining area to one side of the room with individual tables. As with the bedrooms, the lounge and dining area feels stylish, with white walls, wooden beams, beaded mirrors and monochrome photography. Outside a wide verandah has further seating and it's a good spot to gather for pre-dinner drinks.

The established gardens are beautiful, filled with tropical flowers, and on a clear day you can see Mount Meru towering above you. A flagstone path leads to a good-sized swimming pool, laid out with parasols and sun loungers.

If you're planning an extended stay in Arusha there are lots of activities on offer. Take a trip to Arusha National Park and go canoeing on the lakes or go for a day hike on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Alternatively, if you are looking for less strenuous activities then you may like to visit the cultural heritage centre or go for a coffee tasting tour in the nearby plantations.


Our view

Katambuga House is a small, contemporary lodge on the outskirts of Arusha. It is one of the more economical options in this area and we feel it's excellent value for money. This is a good base as an overnight before or after a safari in northern Tanzania, or for exploring Arusha.

Lyndsey Marris

Lyndsey Marris

Tanzania expert

Geographics

Location
Arusha, Tanzania
Ideal length of stay
Stay one or two nights to explore Arusha or as an overnight before or after a safari.
Directions
Katambuga House is around a 60-minute drive from Kilimanjaro Airport and only ten minutes from Arusha Airport.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Half Board
Food quality
On our stay in 2018 we were impressed with the food at Katambuga House and found the dishes fresh and very tasty.

Breakfast is typically served in the dining area and consists of a cold buffet with a selection of fresh fruit, cereals, bread and pastries. Hot items are available with eggs cooked to order.

Lunch is typically a buffet. Depending on the weather, it is eaten outside on the terrace. We didn't have lunch on our visit, however we understand there is normally a good selection of salads accompanied by fresh bread.

Dinner is a more formal, three-course meal. We started with pea soup and mushroom croutons, followed by seared beef, spring vegetables and roasted cherry tomatoes. Desert was a passionfruit semifreddo served with a tropical fruit salad.

Children

Attitude towards children
Katambuga House welcomes children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions
None
Special activities & services
Babysitting by housekeeping staff is possible.
Equipment
Baby cots and highchairs are available.
Generally recommended for children
We think Katambuga House is well suited for children.
Notes
Parental supervision is required around the swimming pool.

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a backup generator
Communications
There is mobile phone reception and free wi-fi throughout.
TV & radio
There is no TV at Katambuga House.
Water supply
Mains
Water supply notes
Katambuga House has plumbed showers and flush toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
There is a doctor on standby and it is only a short drive to a hospital in Arusha.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Security measures
There are security guards outside the property day and night.
Fire safety
Fire extinguishers are in place throughout.

Extras

Disabled access
In Place
Laundry facilities
A laundry service is available at a cost of around $3 per item.
Money
There are electric safes in all rooms.
Accepted payment on location
Katambuga House accepts all major currencies including US dollars, Euros and GB pounds. Most credit and debit cards are accepted, although there is a surcharge of 4%.

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