Lodges

The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel

A place to recharge your batteries after a stimulating safari

The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel

Lying in Arusha's leafy corridor, The Eight Boutique Hotel promises guests a serene, home-away-from-home experience. This modern, intimate establishment is a popular stopover point before or after a safari or Mount Kilimanjaro climb, and its guests certainly rave about the management and staff hospitality, which is second to none, and the excellent cuisine.

At the lodge

The hotel

Gather in the bar for a pre-dinner G&T before repairing to the restaurant, known as one of Arusha's best eateries. The chefs work their magic in the kitchen, combining continental and traditional north Indian Punjabi cuisine to create an intriguing fusion of flavours that will make you want to eat here again – soon. The restaurant also serves home-made breads and pastries. Meals may also served in the garden boma. Outdoors, the gardens lure you to settle back with a good book.

The rooms

With just five rooms – two executive suites, one open suite and two double superior rooms, The Eight is an intimate and discreet retreat. The rooms are air-conditioned, spacious, fitted with all the mod cons, decorated in luxurious natural materials and yet somehow cosy and homely. Each has satellite TV, free, fast wi-fi to check in with your loved ones, and sleek en-suite bathrooms.

On safari

Experiences

If you're spending a few days here before or after your Tanzanian odyssey, take the opportunity to visit Arusha. It's a bustling and slightly chaotic little town that's growing rapidly. The main attractions? Loads of markets, a tour of a coffee plantation and roastery to experience the journey of the coffee bean. If you have the energy, climb Mount Meru; if not, here are several good hikes around the mountain, including some that pass beautiful waterfalls.

When to go

Arusha by month

January

Season: Dry

February

Season: Dry

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Wet

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Encounter a variety of wildlife situated on this safari-town's doorstep—Arusha National Park—with over 400 species of bird, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, dik dik and the star of the show: the black and white colobus monkeys.This is a unique slice of wilderness with montane forest, grasslands, marshes and cliff-faced crater.

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