The SpaceSet on the slopes of Mount Meru in a 50 acres of forest reserve by crystal clear waters, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to relax and simmer in the immense beauty of East Africa.
The Lodge has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century. Ngare Sero is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha. It has only 10 garden rooms & pool cottage with 2 bedrooms, and provides personal service for its residents since 1973.
Here you can spend the days amid nature, watching the changing colors of the Kilimanjaro glaciers while sipping drinks on the verandah or hiking in the forest inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of small animal and bird species. Try swimming in the 30 meter pool or fly fishing in the cool waters of the clear lake, horse ride under the tree canopy or treat yourself to a massage after a long journey or an international flight.
The Lodge is located only 30 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha town center, which makes it an ideal base for safaris & Kilimanjaro climbs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE PRICE OFFERED IS PER ONE ROOM PER NIGHT with two adults sharing on a BED & BREAKFAST basis. Please request a special offer if you are traveling solo, in a group or with children, & require two or more rooms at a time or need different meal plan (full-board or half-board).
Children 6-12 years get a discount & children below 6 stay for free. Guest AccessActivities: Kilimanjaro view sundowners | Forest walks with Colobus and Sykes monkeys | Bird watching | 30m swimming pool | Horse riding | Boating | Trout Fishing | Garden Spa | Mountain Biking | Culture Tour | Coffee Farm Tour | Arusha National Park and Mount Meru Day Drive | Wildlife safaris | Mt Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru Climbs Interaction with GuestsNgare Sero Mountain Lodge is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha. Acquired by Mike Leach almost 40 years ago it has been managed first by his wife Gisella and then his son Tim Leach.
Most Ngare Sero Lodge staff are employed from the local community and have had on the job training and improvement of skills. Some of our people have been with us for over 25 years, and children of the first lodge employees are still working with the company.
Upon arrival you will meet Harold, Joel or Rama at the reception. Tim, Katya and Mike Leach who live at the property will always be glad to assist you. The NeighborhoodLocated in a small forest reserve beside a spring, Ngare Sero Lodge aims to set an example for environmentally friendly and socially responsible tourism. Damming the spring has created three lakes that support a healthy ecosystem of animals and birds.
Ngare Sero collaborates with the village government and the authorities to protect the forest, water source and management of water extraction. It generates its own hydro-electricity to power the lodge and the organic trout farm. All drinking water comes direct from the springs, and they also supply fresh water to the neighboring schools and villages. The lodge is striving to be carbon neutral by absorbing carbon production via indigenous tree planting and forest protection. Most of the vegetables and salads served to the guests come from its own organic vegetable garden.
The lodge is an ideal base for safaris in the most beautiful safari parks of Northern Tanzania & Kilimanjaro climbs. Getting AroundOur daughter company Lost Horizons Safaris was established in 1984 to outfit private travel experiences in the African bush.
We specialize on individually crafted journeys fashioned to personal wishes and requirements. You are free to design your own experience – choose your own schedule, decide where to go and what places to visit.
Our itineraries are custom crafted to a specific person or groups desires. Many possibilities are available, please contact us for a sample itinerary. Other Things to NoteLodge History
The tranquil German farmhouse of Ngare Sero was originally conceived as a kind of fortress – a defensible homestead by its pioneer owner August Leuer, who arrived in East Africa in 1885 as a part of a German military expedition. Ngare Sero is the house Leue built in 1905 when he returned to Africa on his retirement from the Schutztruppe. He farmed coffee and rubber on the fertile slopes of Mount Meru. Leue was the leader of a group of pioneer farmers who settled in the region, and his house, then known as Leuedorf, was the center of their community, containing a chapel and a post office, surrounded by high walls and a guard tower behind which the settlers could retreat if danger threatened.
During the Great War, Leuedorf was occupied by British troops but Leue continued to administer the area. In 1920, under the League of Nations Mandate, his family was forced to return to Germany and Leuedorf passed to Captain Rydon RN who farmed the estate until 1954.
Rydon dammed the river (at the footbridge), created a lake and built a mill race and installed a turbine for milling, (now hydroelectric turbine). It was also probably Rydon who planted the beautiful alley of jacaranda trees leading from the main road to the lodge, that now provides shade for pedestrians and which once a year in October-November covers the dust with purple flowers.
For years the house was unoccupied. For a while it was used as a camp for builders of Kilimanjaro International Airport. A young engineer Mike Leach discovered this place in 1973 while working on one of his projects in Arusha. He was offered to stay in a “German ghost castle” and could not believe his eyes seeing this place for the first time – driving through the blooming violet jacaranda alley, walking on the footbridge through crystal clear lake surrounded by forest, monkeys and birds living on the balcony. Mike and his wife Gisella Leach acquired Ngare Sero and made it into a family home for their five children and in 1974 converted it into a tourist lodge.
Ngare Sero has been an ongoing project ever since with improvements happening all the time. Mike restored the mill race and the turbine and created hydroelectric power to the Lodge. The main house has been reconstructed and guest garden rooms were built. In 1979 the second dam and a rainbow trout farm was build and more than 30 years later our guests enjoy organically grown fish on their dinner tables. The family had started a reforestation project in the vicinity and planted over 3000 indigenous trees. It is thanks to those efforts that the fragile lake ecosystem has been preserved. The forest canopy is now a home for several troops of Colobus and Sykes monkeys and the lake shores host an array of birds and small animals.
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge was one of the first lodges in the Arusha area. When the Leach family started a luxury mobile safari company called “Lost Horizons”, the lodge became a base for expeditions into the wild, a home away from home on the foothills of Mount Meru.
Many honoured guests chose to stay at Ngare Sero Lodge and let Mike and Gisella to organise their safaris. Among them were the austronaut Jo Allen, an author Elspeth Huxley, a film producer and a photographer Hugo van Lawick, a therapist/TV star Ruth Westheimer and US senator John Glenn.
Steven Spielberg’s team filmed a scene for “Congo” in Ngare Sero and outfitting of “Out of Africa” movie filming in Serengeti was organised by Mike and Gisella’s “Lost Horizons Safaris”.
During the year spent in Ngare Sero Gisella ran many community projects, including a home clinic. She also wrote a number of books.
In 2002 Mike and Gisella’s son Tim Leach returned after his studies abroad and took over general management of his family business and added a new flavor to Ngare Sero. An uncompromising eco-enthusiast he now continues his family efforts in forest conservation, spring protection and water management.