A taste of African culture before exploring further afield
(This lodge is not currently in operation) Set away from the city hustle of Arusha, this well appointed and comfortable lodge is a welcome retreat. Its stunning gardens are packed with local vegetation, creating a relaxing atmosphere. The decor has strong local influences, reminding you that you’ve touched down in Africa. It’s a prime spot to lay your head for the night, before or after a long flight. If you love a good Sunday lie-in, it’s worth noting that there is a nearby African church that conducts vibrant early morning church services. Guests are of course welcome to attend and get a real-life glimpse of local religious customs.
At the lodge
Every inch of this lodge oozes ethnicity - no matter where you look there is something interesting to hold your attention (a bit like Africa itself). There is a basic dining setup, consisting of iron chairs and wooden tables, and a spacious lounge with a unique wrap around sofa that makes the most of the fireplace ambience. Brick steps lead down from the lounge to a large swimming pool that provides some respite from the heat of the day. There’s also a small curio shop stacked with local goodies.
Olasiti Lodge has twenty-eight en-suite rooms that overlook the lush, well-kept gardens. In keeping with the style of the rest of the lodge, the rooms are adorned with traditional African images, carvings, hand-made reed mats and local fabrics. The beds are substantially sized and comfortable with mosquito nets as a standard feature. The personal verandas are the perfect place to take in the beauty and tranquility of the garden while sipping on a steaming morning cuppa.
Olasiti Lodge is considered more of a stop-over point than a destination. That said, there’s nothing to stop you from exploring the area while you are there. The lodge offers massages - a great way to relax and soothe cramped muscles before or after a long flight. You can also take a guided cultural walk that will see you exploring the town’s National Museum, its vibrant markets, traditional customs and even the local clock tower. Arusha National Park is also not to be missed.