Ngare Sero: Place of Dappled Water

Kilimanjaro from the air– taken as I was arriving on a late afternoon flight from Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania. First stop before the long drive to Serengeti: a relaxing weekend at the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Meru.

Fireplace at Ngare Sero, a former German farm during the colonial era– now one of my favorite getaways in East Africa. The food, staff, accommodations: all superb and highly recommended. The lodge only has ten rooms, ensuring that every guest gets plenty of personal attention.

Bougainvillea just outside the door of my garden cottage. Thousands of blooms and huge old trees– home to troops of Syke’s monkeys and the Kilimanjaro race of black and white colobus–are everywhere at Ngare Sero. The name means ” Place of Dappled Water” in Masai.

The dining room/main building of the lodge as it appears today.

The same building when it served as a farmhouse during the German colonial period at the turn of the 20th century.

German settlers at Ngare Sero farm, early 20th century

Male Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Nectarinia senegalensis) feeding in the gardens. Over 200 species of birds have been identified on the grounds of Ngare Sero.

Black and white colobus, part of a troop feeding in flowering jacaranda trees on the lodge grounds. The Kilimanjaro race seen here has the longest coat and thickest tail of any colobus. More of my wildlife shots can be seen on the lodge website:
Just beyond the gate of the lodge grounds– a path leading to a local village. These women have come to the springs in the vicinity of the lodge to collect water.
View of lodge from the bottom of the steps that lead down to the water’s edge.

Categories: Tanzania

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  1. Charles, I really apreciate your work. The comments you post are amazing……. When I look at them I can transport myself inside a new world. It’s really interesting!!

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