The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
1 bedroom, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari

The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari

3.0 star property
Mountain lodge in Arusha with outdoor pool and restaurant

7.8/10 Good

20 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Connecting rooms available
Kwa Pole Road, Nguruma Village, Arusha
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Shopping centre shuttle
  • Bus station shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Self-serve laundry
For families
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Arusha Clock Tower - 25 min drive
  • Njiro Complex - 31 min drive
  • Arusha National Park - 232 min drive

Getting around

  • Arusha (ARK) - 45 min drive
  • Kilimanjaro (JRO-Kilimanjaro Intl.) - 56 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Shopping centre shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari

The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 50.00 per vehicle one-way. The outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at The Restaurant, which serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other features include a poolside bar, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 22 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 2:00 AM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, uncovered on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking includes off-street options


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle within 25 kilometers*
  • Shopping centre shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 6 AM–9 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar

What to do

  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Safari nearby
  • Boat tours nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Built in 2014
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall shower heads
  • Shower only
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Restaurant – This restaurant specialises in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Lounge – On-site cocktail bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50.00 per vehicle (one-way. Maximum occupancy 6)
  • Bus station shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Local area shuttle and shopping centre shuttle services are offered for an extra charge
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 5 per cent

Children & extra beds

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in or check-out:
  • Airport shuttle service for children costs USD 0 (one-way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and window guards on site.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

The Vijiji Center
The Vijiji Center And Safari
The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari Lodge
The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari Arusha
The Vijiji Center Lodge and Safari Lodge Arusha

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Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

The staff were friendly, the accommodations were great, and the location was excellent!
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Nice place. Very nice people tried to make the best of our stay.
Eitan, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Avoid at all costs!
This hotel is probably the worst encounter i've had in over 20 years of travelling. I know its Africa but!! Stayed 4 nights,wanted to leave after first night but had already paid for the room. On first day had to change room 3 times due to various things like power outlets not working, dead flies in the room etc. Power outages all the time, day and night, they say they have a back up generator! But never used it!! When i asked about the back up generator they just smile and laugh,never once did they answer the question! No hot water, they have disconnected the electric water heaters in each room and are using a wood burning fire to heat water!! I got one hot shower in 4 days. No wifi, they say it is broken and are using a single dongle to get wifi,most times it doesn't work or somebody else has it! Although i knew they were not in Arusha itself, it was inconvient to be so far away from town. Rooms only cleaned once every 2 days. On the plus sides, generally helpfull staff. The grounds are lovely and the food tasty, though breakfast is basic and fairly bland. I feel the whole Covid situation has seen this hotel trying to save costs, which i can understand but to not even be able to provide hot water, thats going too far in my book. I read the reviews and saw the pics which is why i booked, however i feel they have dropped the ball somewhat! I would never stay there again nor would i recommend this hotel to friends or other travellers, shame really as the set up is great
Manish, 4-night trip
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6/10 Good

1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Very pretty, a lot of nature, amazing staff,very good food! I just have a minor regret is to not have coffee and a bottle of water in the room, but otherwise it was incredibly good experience.
2-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

6/10 Good

Unseasonable rains made the room damp and smelly, roof leaking through. The sheets weren't fully dry.
1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Resonably priced hotel with very friendly staff. Close to Arusha Town.
1-night trip with friends
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

My partner and I spent the first few nights of our holiday at the Vijiji Center. The accommodation, food and staff are absolutely fantastic. We were unfortunate enough to have our safari day trip fail to show up. The staff helped us to try and track the company down and when this proved impossible they rearranged our trips for us. They have even written a letter of support to help us get our money back. If you are looking to stay in Arusha and go on day trips we strongly advise that you organise it all through the Vijiji Centre. There is not a great deal to do in the local area but it is a beautiful surrounding within which to relax after a day out on safari. Thank you so much to Sandra, Amos, Maria and all the staff (plus the dogs 😊) for making our trip so memorable.
Matthew, 5-night romance trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Nice place and settings with pleasant cottages, clean room and bathroom, friendly and helpful staff and good restaurant. Limited breakfast but it's the same all over Tanzania. For some people might be a disadvantage it is a little far from the center of Arusha (15 min. drive) but the feeling you're in the country compensates for that.
3-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Xiaoli, 1-night romance trip
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