How long shall we stay at Arumeru?

If you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport in the morning hours you can enjoy a full day in our garden, at the pool, or stretch your legs on a little walk with us. One day is very OK. For those who arrive in the evening hours or at night, this might be a bit short, as you are usually picked up by the Safari car at around 8:30am the other morning. We do understand that your main focus is the visit of the Serengeti and the magnificent National Park. Nevertheless, you might consider having a more relaxing start and spending the first full day at our Lodge.

If you climb Kilimanjaro two nights at the Lodge are highly recommended if not mandatory for a better acclimatization (we are located at 1.300m or 4.000 ft. above sea level) but also to make sure that your luggage has arrived.

During the last years an increasing number of our guests have decided to stay for two or three nights with us after their Safari. The Safari is usually associated with long hours on bumpy and dusty roads. This is now the place to come down and load up the batteries before you fly home.

What is the best time to see the Migration?

The migration of Wildebeest and Zebra is one of the last natural phenomena of that kind. It can be observed throughout the year as the giant Wildebeest- and Zebra herds are constantly wandering, following the rains. There are of course aspects that might be relevant for your planning. During the months of January to April/May the animals accumulate in the southern parts of the Serengeti. These can be accessed with less driving hours on very bumpy tracks.

In February and March the Wildebeests and Zebras usually calve in the central Serengeti which is quite spectacular (for photographers and big cats). From June to September the migration moves north heading towards Massai Mara. For visitors this is correlated with more driving hours but it is not less spectacular as the animals have to cross the big rivers of Grumeti and Mara (Please do not expect to see the crossing: this is a question of a substantial amount of luck). We recommend having a look at one of the maps in the internet www.eyesonafrica.net/migration.htm .

What to bring?

Travelling equipment is a very individual decision. Therefore we focus on the essentials:

  • • T-shirts; shorts or a light skirt (khaki, green, beige and neutral colors)
  • • Jeans or long Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • • Fleece or sweater or a warm jacket as nights can get cool.
  • • Light raingear can be useful especially during the rainy season (November, April, May)
  • • Comfortable hiking or walking shoes and flip flops for showers and long days in the safari car
  • • Swimsuit, as many lodges like Arumeru have swimming pools
  • • Binoculars (10x50) and a tele lens (300mm and more) for your camera will be very useful
  • • Arumeru River Lodge provides sockets for US and European Plugs. The Lodge shop sells adapters which can become useful in camps and lodges with Tanzanian sockets.
  • • Bring one or two little LED torches or headlamps – there are frequent power cuts all over Tanzania and the camps  in the National Parks run their generators often only at fixed hours.
Can we leave parts of our luggage at the lodge when we go on safari?

The Lodge has a safe luggage room in which we can store your luggage that you might not wish to take on Safari or carry during your Kilimanjaro Tour. There is also the possibility to leave valuables in our Lodge Safe.

What is the best time to come to Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania enjoys all-season tourism, although the overall number of visitors is still small compared to other African destinations. If there is a month with restrictions regarding the Safari or climbing opportunities than this is certainly April. On the other hand side: the weather is never 100% bad. April is the cheapest month, as airlines, safari companies and hotels offer low season discounts. Peak months for a Safari are July and August due to school holidays in the USA and Europe. High visitor numbers are also seen in January, February, September, October and at around Christmas.

According to our own observations over the last 5 years, May and the end of November (plus the first half of December) can be considered as insider tips for a Safari in Northern Tanzania. Parks and Hotels are not crowded and the weather is – apart from occasional short rains- usually quite pleasant.

Weather conditions in Zanzibar are quite steady with average temperatures ranging between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius. The Southwest Monsoon brings strong rains from end of March until End of May. Most of the time sunny days are mixed with rainy days during this period. The Northeast Monsoon in November and December is less intense. For Kilimanjaro trekking the months of January and February and the time between July and September can be regarded as peak season.

Does Arumeru River Lodge accept Credit Cards?

The Lodge accepts MasterCard and Visa. A service fee of 5% will be charged on payments with Credit Cards.