The SpaceLodge Overview
Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge provides a unique and friendly service to all of our guests. Whether you are planning to stay for a day, a month, a year or even longer, we have the perfect accommodation option to suit your needs. Here at Kundayo we have recognized that not all visitors like to stay in conventional hotels, instead many like the flexibility of being in a place like home. As such, all of our apartments come with fully fitted kitchens, comfortable bedrooms, lounge and dining areas as well as a daily-service facility; truly a home away from home.
The facilities and services provided by Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge ensure a pleasant stay for all of our guests, with numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning of guests. The lodge houses more than fifteen one-bedroom apartments and studios, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The area also offers wonderful recreational facilities such as our onsite restaurant, bar and garden, neighboring golf course (just a short walk away), alongside many other amenities to make your stay truly unforgettable.
Whether you're here for business or pleasure, Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge is the perfect accommodation choice when visiting Arusha. The lodge lies just four kilometers from the city center, providing easy accessibility to the town’s facilities and must-see destinations. From the warm welcome upon arrival to the reception, to the first class service in our restaurant and recreational areas, our staff team shares a commitment to exceeding your expectations and are pleased to accommodate every guest’s individual needs. We are always around to assist, ensuring our guests get the most out of their stay.
Need help arranging transport to the airport? Planning a safari? Wanting to go on a cultural tour? Want to brush up on your Swahili? Hoping to learn how to cook, hire a bike or find a local restaurant? Whatever your need, we are here to help you, and with endless facilities all just a stone’s throw from our lodge, your every need can be met and the Kundayo team make every effort to ensure that your stay here will be truly enjoyable. Interaction with GuestsWe are always around to assist and to make sure that you have the best experience! This can be reflected in this comment from one of our previous guest who stated:
"To everyone at Kundayo, thank you for making my stay so great, it’s like we have become family! The NeighborhoodDestination Arusha
Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge is located just three kilometers northeast side of Arusha city centre. The City of Arusha is the regional capital and the largest city in the Arusha Region. Surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous natural attractions, it has earned a reputation as the safari capital of East Africa due to its proximity to a wide range of wildlife sanctuaries. Arusha is branded as Tanzania’s “Tourist Mecca’’ and is considered to be a gateway and natural stopover for foreign visitors wanting to explore Africa’s wildlife heritage – the Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro, Olduvai Gorge, Arusha National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. The famous Rift Valley cuts right through the middle of the region from north-to-south, whilst Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God in Maasai language) is an active volcano to the north of Ngorongoro. Altitudes vary widely throughout the region, predominantly ranging from 900 to 1600 meters (3,000 to 5,500 feet in elevation).
Mt. Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro, peaks at 4,655 meters, and it is nestled under the foothills of Mt. Meru that you will find this beautiful city.
Economic activities in the region are diversified between tourism, trading and commerce, banking, agriculture, food processing and the manufacturing of goods. Arusha is also a major international diplomatic hub, hosting the headquarters of the East Africa Community, Pan African Court of Human Peoples’ Court, and other many major international organizations.
The City of Arusha maintains a very pleasant climate throughout the year. Its elevation of 1,400 meters on the southern slopes of Mount Meru means it keeps relatively cool year round, even becoming rather chilly at night particularly during the dry season from early June to mid October. The temperature ranges between 13°C and 30°C with an average of around 25°C, with very low humidity.
Getting AroundWith easy access to the Arusha-Moshi Highway, Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge keeps you close to the pulse of the city and nearby attractions. Whist nestled away in a peaceful residential area, Kundayo is only a five minute drive (or thirty minute walk) from the heart of Arusha’s City Centre and central business area, famous for its local attractions, curio shops, coffee shops, vibrant nightlife, restaurants and pubs.
Commuting Around Arusha
Taxis (Cab): Taxis are plentiful, safe and cheap; make sure to agree on a price before leaving for your destination (expect to pay around Tzs 6,000 (US$ 3.75/-) for a trip within the city centre such as Clock-Tower, Central Market and to other nearby places, or Tzs 20,000 (US$12.50/-) for the immediate outskirts, at any time of the day). During night hours the charges may be a slight higher.
Expect waiting charge to apply after 20 – 30 minutes!
Car Hire: You can arrange to hire a car during your stay here in Arusha. A range of car hire companies operate within the city, however most companies prefer to provide their own drivers for long distance driving outside the city.
All self-drive in Tanzania need to have a valid International or Tanzanian driving license.
City Buses: To commute around the city centre and to the nearby suburbs of Arusha, you can catch smaller minibuses locally known as Dala-Dala; you can catch the Dala-Dala by flagged down from the side of the road, they sometimes crowded and can be driven erratically. Very often Dala-Dalas engages in accidents with serious consequences for passengers. When boarding Dala-dala please be aware that pick-pocketing can happen to you so quickly, it always happen for both visitors and locals, you should always store valuables on backpack on your lap.
They are very cheap, charging between Tzs 400/- (US$0.25/-) for the main routes in town or Tzs 800/- (US$0.50/-) for the route going far out from city to the places such as Tengeru, USA-River, Nduruma, Ngaramtoni, Kikatiti, Maji-ya Chai, and Kisongo.
Boda-Boda Motorbike Taxi: Taking Boda-Boda could be cheap, fast, but dangerous! For drivers and passengers alike, taking boda-boda can be risky, but there are few alternatives where you can consider especially when heading to the villages. Always be aware that riding on a boda-boda is dangerous, particularly when passing through main roads or on heavy traffic and when riding on the wrong side of the road.
Other Things to NoteAccommodation Features
Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge offers a range of fully furnished self-serviced and self catering accommodation with a choice between superior one-bedroom apartments, superior studios, standard one-bedroom apartments and standard studios. The units are spacious and bright and each apartment has been carefully designed to suit our guests’ needs, helping you to feel at home. The apartments are appointed with a range of efficient features such as fully equipped kitchens, relaxing bedrooms and comfortable living spaces.
All the apartments come with wide range of services and facilities:
Bedroom: Each apartment’s bedroom is designed to create a calm relaxing atmosphere. The bedrooms are spacious, bright with light and very comfortable. Features include stylish wrought iron queen or double size beds with mosquito netting, bedside lighting and table, wardrobe and safe deposit boxes (in selected units only).
Fully Equipped Kitchenette: Each of Kundayo’s apartments features a fully equipped kitchenette with standard appliances including: microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, a cooker with oven, electric jug for tea and coffee making, sandwich maker, bread toaster, cookware, dinnerware, utensils, cutlery, linens and more.
Lounge and Dining Room: Each one-bedroom apartment’s lounge room has been designed to provide a space for you to feel at home in, whilst encompassing a feeling of luxury. Furnished with a satellite TV with over forty channels, dining table, comfortable wooden couches and other accessories, each unit is also furnished with an outside verandah which provides an extra comfortable space for you to relax in the fresh air.
Bathrooms: Our modern bathrooms provide hot-water showers and include all necessary accessories; with towels and linens changed daily for your comfort.
In addition to our range of high-quality apartments, Kundayo Serviced Apartments Lodge has excellent onsite facilities carefully tailored to make your time with us as easy as possible. We provide an onsite restaurant with Swahili cookery lessons, mature gardens, plus a small library with a selection of books and materials. We also have a comfortable lounge room and bar plus other facilities to provide you with your every need during your stay!
Luggage Storage Room: At Kundayo we offer all of our customers free luggage storage prior to check in and after check out. We frequently house luggage for guests who are heading off safaris or mountain hikes and do not wish to take cumbersome luggage with them. We are happy to store your bags into our secure luggage storeroom until your return. We also offer a free-luggage store on departure day, to allow you to enjoy those last few hours in Arusha without having to transport heavy bags with you around town.
Free Secure Parking: Take advantage of our free on-site car park. We offer free private secure parking while you stay with us.
Botany at Kundayo: Kundayo is situated within peaceful, green surroundings, with clear views of Mount Meru alongside its own grass, flower and vegetable gardens under the shades of banana trees. Other botanical features are a wide range of indigenous leafy trees, jacaranda trees and pomegranate fruit trees planted throughout the lodge grounds. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of our beautiful local bird-life chirping in the morning or our peaceful cicadas lulling you off to sleep in the evening!
Library: The Library at Kundayo features a wide selection of Swahili learning materials plus a selection books on African history, culture, arts and literature. In addition the library also stocks a limited selection of magazines, books and works of literature from outside the continent. Local daily and weekly newspapers are available for your personal enjoyment.
“Moto Lounge”: The fireplace lounge, named “Moto Lounge” is a wonderful place to relax with a good book, a glass of wine or to gather with friends or family for an evening. The room features a comfortable and cozy atmosphere surrounding a central fireplace, with comfortable couches and plush chairs, a forty two inches television, and local artwork decorating the walls. Its sophisticated, cozy and romantic atmosphere offers a perfect place for relaxation. Why not enjoy an afternoon tea or coffee, or cocktail or a drink, and order some delicious pizza or snacks while socializing by the fire….
Alimana Restaurant at Kundayo is a warm and friendly place with excellent food. Tenants and guests can dine in the relaxing ambiance on our onsite restaurant with large open air surrounding verandah. Come to the bar area to enjoy your favourite drink to start off the evening. Our restaurant also has its own fireplace lounge, “The Moto Lounge” providing a comfortable seating area complete with forty two inch television.
The restaurant features a cozy dining room, with comfortable furnishings and décor with soothing tones. The traditional décor incorporates contemporary African artwork enhancing the natural feeling of its light color tones, wooden tables and curved-back handcrafted metal chairs, whilst our large glass windows provide calming views of our green landscape. The perfect place to stop for a meal, a drink, a business meeting even, this is most definitely offering the very best we have to offer.
Our food menu is inspired from different countries, with our specialties appealing to a diverse clientele and our restaurant is well-known for its culinary excellence here in Arusha. As well as a wide range of continental cuisine, we offer an array of seasonal specialties plus traditional Swahili food.