It is not uncommon for Kilimanjaro trekkers to be concerned about altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro. While there is no single way to avoid altitude sickness without medicinal help, one highly-regarded preventative approach is through acclimatization. Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat at Machare Farm is a new up-market boutique lodge near Moshi (the gateway to Kilimanjaro) that is situated at an attractive 4,500 feet elevation on the broad flanks of Kilimanjaro, meaning clients traveling from sea-level climes have a comfortable property to spend a few nights before a trek to rest and prepare for their trek plus help them acclimatize. Our travelers often choose to arrive in Tanzania about 2 nights before a trek to have a rest day. With Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat, you would not only have a rest day but also valuable time at a higher altitude.
The lodge is itself is situated in a quiet oasis far removed from the hustle and bustle of Moshi town. Outside your door is an enchanting 350 acre organic coffee estate, with lush manicured grounds all around the 7 up-tempo luxury rooms, each with en-suite bath and decorated in a bright mix of African and Euro-chic style.
The food at Machare Farm is carefully prepared by a resident chef, using the finest local produce. The coffee is sensational, and as fresh as can be, grown and roasted right from the estate. Wine, beer, soft drink, juices and bottled waters are available for purchase.
Energy and hot water is supplied through a mix of solar power and electricity. Travelers can enjoy guided or unguided walks throughout the estate, exploring the tranquil coffee fields or venturing into the serene 100 acre nature reserve. Here you you can walk to a waterfall, swim in the river and look out for mountain wildlife including many species of lustrous birds. Guided coffee and tea tours can be arranged as well as visits to the local village.
Rooms are spacious and can be reserved as single rooms, double rooms, or twin rooms with separate beds. There is a 2 bedroom farmhouse suite and a finely decorated room inside the main lodge proper. Other units are cottages spread out over the grounds, with the stunning white massif of Kilimanjaro looming close by. Outside of the main lodge is an interesting al fresco lounge, immersing you in the estate’s natural surroundings when it’s time for evening sundowners or a morning cup of coffee.
2016 prices at Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat are US$100/person/night in double or twin room (breakfast and taxes included) with the single supplement just $40.
The lodge is located about 25 minutes drive from Moshi and a little over an hour from Kilimanjaro Airport. We’re very excited to add this exciting new property to our travelers climbing Kilimanjaro. We hope you can enjoy the full Kilimanjaro experience with AWR!