Hotels in Morogoro, Tanzania

by Joanne Thomas

Morogoro is the name of both a city in the southern highlands of Tanzania and its surrounding region. The city's scenic surroundings, which include the Uluguru Mountains and 25 million year old forests, make it an attractive destination in its own right; while its proximity to game reserves and national parks makes it a convenient hub for visitors, who have a choice of about half a dozen hotels.

Morogoro Hotel Limited

Morogoro Hotel Limited offers 69 guest rooms, which are housed in chalets with domed brick roofs. The property has spacious garden areas and lawns with a children's playground, tennis courts, a pool table and shaded cabanas around an outdoor swimming pool. Guests also have access to an adjacent 18-hole golf course. Accommodation options at the hotel range from single rooms to two- and three-bedroom family suites. Every room is air-conditioned and features a mini-refrigerator and satellite television. Guests have a choice of bed-and-breakfast, half-board or full-board rates, with meals served in the on-site restaurant. The restaurant offers buffets and a la carte menus showcasing Tanzanian dishes alongside Chinese, Indian and European cuisine. There is also a full bar with a big-screen television in the main building of the hotel.

Hotel Oasis

Hotel Oasis is a modern, 37-room hotel and restaurant in the center of Morongoro. Guest rooms and suites feature individual climate control, cable televisions, high-speed Internet access and your choice from a pillow menu. The most spacious accommodations are the Maharaja Suite and Presidential Suite. The hotel can arrange cell phone rentals for guests and offers private workstations with computers. The on-site restaurant offers a range of international, Chinese and Indian tandoori dishes, as well as local Tanzanian specialties.

New Acropol Hotel

Within its lushly landscaped property, the New Acropol Hotel offers four guest rooms and two suites, a spacious veranda, a restaurant and bar and a small salon offering massages and beauty treatments. The guest rooms offer garden views and feature romantic four-poster canopy beds, sofas and refrigerators. Two themed suites -- the Mama Jytte and the Uncle James -- include an additional living room and linens woven by the Ifikara women's co-operative. One of the hotel's notable attractions is its fully stocked bar, which is decorated with historic photographs and artifacts from the island of Zanzibar. The air-conditioned restaurant offers homemade dishes and vegetarian options, and also package lunches to take out. Other services include bicycle rentals, Internet access and arrangement of walking tours in the Uluguru Mountains or game drives in Mikumi National Park.

Mbuyuni Farm Retreat

As a working organic tea and spice farm on the outskirts of Kingolwira Village near Morogoro town, Mbuyuni Farm Retreat offers a glimpse into the agricultural heritage of the region. Three private cottages, each accommodating up to four guests, are set within the 864-acre farm's landscaped gardens. They are light and airy with white walls, canopied four-poster beds and contemporary earth-tone furnishings and accents. Guests are welcome to explore the property and see the production of lemongrass, hibiscus, paprika and chili. The forested areas of the farm attract birdwatchers with more than 150 recorded species; the habitat grows continually larger as the owners plant an indigenous tree to mark every guest's visit.

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