Lodges

KIA Lodge

Overnight á la African safari style

KIA Lodge

Kia Lodge is located in north-east Tanzania close to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Known affectionately as 'the door to Tanzania', it's a large lodge that embodies the African spirit, set on a hill among rolling savanna plains against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro itself. The lodge has the atmosphere of a safari camp, with winding paths leading to individual thatched chalets that provide a warm reception or final goodbye to this beautiful country.

At the lodge

The hotel

It may have sprawling communal areas both indoor and out, but the simplicity of Kia Lodge works in its favour. Meals are served at large banquet-style dining tables set in a horseshoe shape to invite conversation. Indoors, there are numerous comfortable seating areas; outside there's a large swimming pool with recliners and an open bar – settle back with a Kilimanjaro beer, enjoy the garden's birdlife and gaze across the Maasai plains to Kili, Mount Meru and the Blue Mountains.

The rooms

Kia Lodge has 40 thatched brick cottages tucked in secluded positions throughout the savanna gardens. All the rooms are large enough for a short stay, and are appointed with basic needs – twin or double beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms, simple wooden seating and African artefacts. The windows allow good light and views of the property.

On safari

Experiences

As Kia is primarily a stopover lodge, activities come at an extra charge. You can arrange day trips into the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and even Arusha National Park, all of which have great game and birdwatching. Visit the local hot springs or, for a touch of culture, visit a local Maasai village to discover the customs of this fascinating country.

When to go

Kilimanjaro by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Mighty herds of elephant with some of Africa's last big Tuskers roam freely in the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Wildlife is not as dense as in other parks, but the experience is that much more intimate. Keep an eye out for buffalo, giraffe, zebra and the comical long-necked gerenuk with lion, leopard and cheetah rarely seen. The western parts of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park enjoy the best game viewing of the region.

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