Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary


Nestled between the peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary lies midway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha. The lodge is located within 33 acres of mature, well manicured gardens bounded on one side by the tranquil waters of the Usa River and on the other by the Sanctuary where our wildlife and birdlife reside. This wildlife and birdlife provide many of our guests with their first exciting game viewing experience. Access to the Lodge and Sanctuary is entirely by Tarmac Road.

Brief History

Established in 1959, the lodge was created to provide intimate accommodation to discerning lovers of both wildlife and nature. The sanctuary was founded to offer refuge to orphaned and injured animals and to prepare them for their return to the wild. The lodge & sanctuary combine to offer you a truly unique experience during your stay in Arusha.

The Lodge

The many carefully planned facilities available at the Lodge combine to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience of Africa at its very best.

The terrace, shaded by enormous old Mango trees, enjoys magnificent views over mature, carefully tended gardens to the Sanctuary beyond. The lounge, with its enormous picture windows and comfortable furniture, provides for complete relaxation in intimate surroundings. The bar is well stocked with a wide selection of spirits, beers and minerals which are complemented by a carefully selected collection of fine wines and the fine dining room provides the perfect setting for a relaxing meal, prepared and served by our attentive yet very discreet staff.


The lodge comprises 2 suites and 15 double or twin en-suite bedrooms. As you would expect in a property of this standard, the design and character of the rooms are as individualistic as the Lodge itself. All rooms have a veranda with comfortable chairs where guests may relax during the late afternoons enjoying the peace of the surroundings, soaking up the unique atmosphere of the Lodge and watching the wildlife and birdlife. ‘Intimate Places’ have created a completely new look for the guest bedrooms at Mount Meru Game Lodge to include single, Queen and King size four-poster, wrought iron beds with fitted mosquito nets, continental quilts (sheets and blankets are available on request), large and small pillows for reading and sleeping and much more…


Carefully concealed behind the distinct ‘old world charm’ of Mount Meru Game Lodge is an array of modern conveniences which are designed to further enhance your stay with us. These include the very latest ‘direct to satellite’ internet connectivity which is available for use by guests via a high specification computer located in the boutique. Wireless internet connectivity is also available throughout the main building of the lodge, in the gardens and in most guest bedrooms.

A satellite telephone system is also available for use at reception from which you can call your family and friends all over the world for as little as US $1 per minute.

The Sanctuary

The main emphasis of the Game Sanctuary is to provide safe haven to African plain game and bird life. These include Eland, Ostriches, Waterbuck, Zebra, Buffalo and of course the enormous variety of birds which come to feed, breed and enjoy the unique freedom offered by our very safe environment.

The majority of our animals were once either orphaned or badly injured and were brought to the Sanctuary for rehabilitation. By choosing to stay with us, you will also be playing a very important role in helping these animals since the activities of the Sanctuary are entirely financed by the lodge. The animals and birdlife at Mount Meru Game Lodge and Sanctuary are certain to delight all of our guests and visitors.


The Usa River, the magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, the wildlife, birdlife, trees, plants and shrubs all combine to make Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary a truly exquisite natural wonderland.


Aside from the more usual excursions, we offer you the possibility of visiting the area immediately surrounding the Lodge. These walks include ‘Cultural and Educational’ visits to local villages and farms as well as sightseeing tours to some of the natural forests and scenic spots in the area. Each walk is carefully planned according to our Guests wishes. As an added bonus, there are different forms of wildlife and birdlife which populate the area to be seen such as Bushbuck, Duiker and even troops of Colobus Monkeys. These walks are offered free of any charge to guests of the lodge and can be booked through reception between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

A Special Place to Stay

Throughout its long history, the lodge & sanctuary have been a popular stop over for many VIP’s and Government visitors. Various Presidents of African countries, celebrities, and members of European Royal families have stayed with us.

The management and staff of Intimate Places therefore look forward to welcoming you to Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary in a time-honoured tradition.

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.