The Mrefu Eco-Lodge at Marangu Mashariki
Mrefu Eco-Lodge is the home of David Mtui, built on the ancestral land he inherited from his father Mrefu Mtui. David has created a wonderfully warm and welcoming lodge for up to a dozen guests. Here, many guests will begin, relax and end their safaris, mountain treks and tours and cultural excursions with Nature's Gift Safaris.
The Eco-Lodge grounds have accommodations in the Main House as well as rooms in cottage-like structures located nearby, all with verandas for lounging, reading and conversation.
In the nearby kitchen, the Lodge's chef and staff prepare superb meals for guests to eat at the dining boma or on their verandas. Box lunches for day tours are also made there. Two unique food features of this eco-lodge are that many of the ingredients are grown on its own adjacent organic and sustainable farm; the other is that cooking is done using ecologically sound bio-gas also generated right at the farm.
Our many environmental-conscious guests will be happy to know that the entire Eco-Lodge will soon be completely solar powered for both electricity and hot water. Innovative installation of solar panels will be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Educational tours of all the facilities and the farm are a regular part of the adventure at Mrefu Eco-Lodge.
To cap it all off, the Eco-Lodge property is also the home of the Elizabeth Hudgin Centre for Sustainability located separately in the farm area. It is named in memory of Elizabeth Hudgin, a co-founder and guiding spirit of the NGS company. Interested Eco-Lodge guests may be able to observe students and international interns working on projects to bring sustainable farming and energy technologies to rural Tanzanians.
There are several routes one can hike on Kilimanjaro - Marangu route, Machame route, Rongai route, Umbwe route, Londorosi route and Lemosho route.