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Sakila Sunrise Lodge

Fully sustainable, boutique lodge on the slopes of Mt Meru, Tanzania - OPENING EARLY 2020

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Sakila Sunrise, my new intimate boutique lodge in the Arusha area. Located on the slopes of Mount Meru, above Usa River and Momella Road, this site bordering the forest reserve provides spectacular views, unique to Sakila Sunrise.


My philosophy from day one has been to build sustainably. This includes using bamboo in construction, the building material of the 21st century, as well as incorporating systems for energy and water collection and recycling, making Sakila Sunrise the first fully sustainable lodge in Tanzania.


Most important for all of us is the comfort of our guests. As a small lodge, we want our guests to feel at home. The open kitchen plan allows our guests to interact with the chef; the honesty bar under the pool deck will be fully stocked; the covered Pavilion, a relaxing lounge, and the fire pit in the evenings a great way to end the day after a visit to nearby Arusha National Park or walking safari with our expert guide in the adjacent reserve.

Tour operators and their guides and drivers are welcome to spend the night with their guests.


Welcome To My Sakila Sunrise Lodge


When I fell in love with Tanzania in 2010, I knew I would do something interesting here. Sakila Sunrise Lodge is the result of my passion for the country and its people; a chance to develop something unique, at the same time supporting the local community economically.

The site itself, which I purchased in 2012, dictated the project. Bordering the Mount Meru game reserve, with a 180 degree view over the Rift Valley as far as the eye can see (including Mount Kilimanjaro), building ecologically and self-sustainably using environmentally friendly materials was the philosophy from day one, as well as providing our guests all the comforts of a small, luxury boutique lodge, at an affordable price.

Even a relatively “small” project is complicated, more so when building sustainably. At Sakila Sunrise we harvest rain water that we collect and store. The wetlands surrounding the swimming pool clean the grey water for use in our extensive gardens. Solar panels provide all of our power for your hot showers, the laundry, and of course wifi and chargers and general electrical needs. All for a maximum guest capacity of 14.

During the next two months I will be posting updated photos before we open at the start of 2020!

The lodge consists of:

  • 5 guest bungalows (sleeping 2 each)
  • The Director’s Studio (sleeping up to 4); perfect for families or longer stays and includes a utility kitchen.
  • The Common Area provides full restaurant and bar service.
  • The infinity dipping pool includes a large deck overlooking the valley.
  • The outside lounge with relaxation around the open fire.
  • A barbecue area.
  • Large vegetable and fruit gardens.
  • Support areas like laundry and sleeping facilities for your safari guides and drivers.

Located above Usa River, this particularly beautiful area is only 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro airport, and with the recently improved highway, only 15-20 minutes from Arusha. The entrance to Arusha National Park and trailhead for Mount Meru climb are only minutes away, as is the Usa River market, and of course, you’ll want to fit into your schedule a walking safari in the adjacent forest and game reserve.

My staff and I welcome you warmly.



Hjordis Fammestad, Sakila Sunrise Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania

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Usa River, Arumeru,
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