Mount Kilimanjaro View Lodge (MKVL) is a small, traditional lodge nestled against a tropical rain forest high above the tourist town of Moshi “Gateway to Mt. Kilimanjaro” on the rolling slopes of world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro (“Kili” to locals). Since opening in 2006, we have had the pleasure of serving guests from over 100 countries throughout the World.
The authentic African lodge is remotely located on the southern slope of this magnificent mountain 16 km. (10 miles) from Moshi. Ideally located on a volcanic geologic phenomenon with superlatives: Highest mountain in Africa ,”Roof of Africa”, largest free standing mountain in the World and, 5 degrees below the Equator at 19,341′,5,895 meters a place on Earth at the summit closest to the Sun. The guest lodge is a true sanctuary with mini- waterfalls, beautiful plants, colourful birds and wildlife. Guests enjoy a breath-taking view of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Mawenzi and Mount Meru, as well as a stunning panoramic view of the vast and diverse valley below.
This is not a luxurious lodge; it more a remarkable retreat “off the beaten path” from commercial tours, providing comfort with an indigenous African touch. Also, the ride up, especially during the rainy season, is not dangerous but can be quite adventuresome on a 4-wheel drive dirt road, giving one almost a sense of having “summited” famous Mt. Kili upon arrival–tell your friends you went up the highest mountain in Africa and change the subject. An adventuresome experience at the beginning, leaving guests with a sense of accomplishment and wonderful tales. Again, during the Monsoon Rainy Season, mid-March, April and May, the dirt road up to the Lodge may be very wet and slippery–not for the faint of heart! Also during that time, frequently in clouds, the days may be cooler and limited for viewing Mt. Kili at her best. But silver lining: Cloud Nine feeling in “Heaven” watching the fast moving colourful clouds!
Mount Kilimanjaro View Lodge offers an opportunity to live the culture in a peaceful, undisturbed setting. It is a clear cut above the rest of accommodations in terms of cost, setup, comfort, location and personalized services. Rooms can be much cheaper in the town of Moshi below but do not be deceived. With us you get a totally different unique experience in a beautiful setting away from the noise, dust, crime, begging, and even malaria mosquitoes! Look at a stay in MKVL as “frosting on your cake” meaning a must time included in your total package.