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Ilboru Lodge

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Fast Facts

  • 34 guest cottages and 4 additional rooms in the main building
  • Set on 5 acres of lush botanical gardens and boasting 122 species of birds
  • Each cottage has a verandah or deck
  • 4 post beds with crisp cotton linen and mosquito nets
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant
  • TV room
  • Laundry service
  • Swimming pool
  • Massage treatment rooms

General Information

Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mt Meru, the Ilboru Safari Lodge is popular with mountain climbers and safari travellers in northern Tanzania. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro, the beautiful Swahili sanctuary rests within 5 acres of lush gardens, tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. The lodge features thirty eight guest rooms, comprising of single, double, twin, triple and family rooms. Four rooms are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

You are spoiled for choice with a range of additional activities available at a nominal cost such as golf, Swahili cooking classes, Swahili art classes, waterfall hike, a botanical and historical tour, and a hot springs excursion.

The original founder of Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha, retired Colonel Metili, was inspired to develop the site by his deep love for nature. He went on to create a verdant garden paradise, planting each and every indigenous tree himself. Today the gardens are mature and lovingly maintained by the lodge management and talented gardeners on staff. Home to over 122 identified species of birds, about two acres of ornamental plantings provide large spaces and hidden nooks for our guests to enjoy the tranquillity that is of essence of a Swahili Sanctuary.


Ilboru Lodge is located on the lower slopes of Mt Meru in Tanzania.