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The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari

Kwa Pole Road, Nguruma Village, Arusha Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#5 of 224 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Make The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari your safari headquarters. We offer traditional African-style meals and accommodations - and safari too - all at reasonable rates! We're a small, family-owned lodge located just minutes from Arusha and within easy reach of Kilimanjaro International Airport. We have 12 spacious guest rooms in built in a traditional "banda" style and we've just added 8 new contemporary-style rooms overlooking the pool, and new banda specially designed with families in mind. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, a sitting area, in room coffee and tea and an outdoor patio. We have a full-service restaurant and dining room, a lounge, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a swimming pool, all on two fully-fenced, secure acres. There's free Wifi too. We also offer one day and multi-day safaris to the national parks, cultural tourism and outdoor activities in and around Arusha. Let our family welcome yours. Karibu sana!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Non-smoking rooms
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Likewater4chocolate wrote a review Nov 2021
Issaquah, Washington247 contributions37 helpful votes
I stayed at Vijiji prior to heading out to Safari as well as upon my return. Beautiful private setting outside of Arusha. Room was lovely and comfortable. The pool was refreshing and delightful; food service was wonderful. Delicious breakfast and dinner. Cocktails poolside. I arrived quite late from the airport and there were wonderful hosts waiting for me. They promptly carried my luggage to my room with a warm welcome. The next day I went on a walking tour of the small local villages with gorgeous views of Mt. Meru. I observed some of the nearby schools and walked past beautiful fields. A nice contrast to the very busy Arusha!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Stephan M wrote a review Sept 2021
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Pice quiet place with helpfull stuff and a little pool. I was there with g adventures. Thd hotel is basic but nice. Do not ecpect european standards. We are here for true africa and adventure, the nature and its wonders.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
N&A wrote a review Sept 2021
Warsaw, Poland1 contribution
We had a slightly rough start - due to some technical issues with the car, our driver could not come get us at the airport as originally planned. This was stressful but after some time, we managed to get in touch with the trip's organisers and we simply took a local taxi to the lodge. We received the money back in full (in Tanzanian shillings) and the staff granted us one dinner for two for free as compensation. It is possible to have a walk around the lodge and we would definitely recommend it, especially if the weather is nice. Everyone was friendly and from the path in front of the lodge (with local shops private homes and schools), you can get a view of mount Meru. We can only recommend our driver and guide - Joseph. Thanks to him we had an amazing time during our three-day safari. Joseph speaks English very well, he is knowledgeable and happy to explain things and to discuss in general. He drove safely and efficiently, was always sympathetic and helped us appreciate our time in Tanzania. We visited three main places on our safari - Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Manyara, each of which was impressive in its own way. The camp where we stayed, Mgombani, was ideal as a camping place - quiet at night, and by day, you can enjoy incredible views. Both in Mgombani and at the Vijiji lodge itself, we had great food. Can't get enough of the chicken pilau! Calisthe was taking care of the service and was nice. The only minus might be that sometimes small talk with the staff can get a bit lengthy, and the time waiting for dinner to be ready as well - but when on holidays that isn't an issue! Our private lodge was rather spacious and it was all fine - just remember that it can get chilly in the night, even in summer! Also, you need to wait some time for the boiler to function so water will get warm. This is however to be expected anywhere on a trip in Tanzania! We warmly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Ryan B. wrote a review Aug 2021
North Kingstown, Rhode Island103 contributions20 helpful votes
My wife and I spent our first night of our self-drive safari here. Despite a very bad initial impression, the place turned out to be a nice stay. When we first arrived, they brought us to a room in the main building despite having booked a cottage. When we brought that to their attention, we were walked to a cottage, but soon discovered that the toilet would not flush. After filling the tank with gross brown water from the sink, we were able to get the toilet to flush, but then more gross brown water leaked out of the bottom all over the floor. We immediately requested a different room and were placed in the main building again where we found the toilet and sink to be much newer and in excellent working condition. From that point on, things went well. The staff were friendly and attentive, we slept well, plenty of hot water for showering, and the food was good. For a budget stay, the Vijiji Center is a decent option.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: main building seems to have better plumbing than the cottages
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Esther Wink wrote a review Jan 2021
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Me and my family stayed at Vijiji for 4 nights and had a great time. The rooms are clean with all the basic amenities and with comfortable beds. There is a beautiful garden and big swimming pool, and the staff is always friendly and ready to help. The food was truly delicious. I can definitely recommend this place!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
USD 71 - USD 94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari
Which popular attractions are close to The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Nearby attractions include The School of St Jude (3.7 km), Mount Meru (7.3 km), and House of Gems (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Georges Tavern, and Pablo Picasso Café.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari have airport transportation?
Yes, The Vijiji Center Lodge & Safari offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.