Your stepping-stone to the Northern Safari Circuit, Freedom Lodge is situated in the Kiranyi area, on a prominent hill called Ngateu that overlooks Arusha town and beyond, as far as the eye can see! In a bygone era, long before colonialism, brave Masai warriors would climb up Ngateu hill’s highest point and keep vigil, looking out for other clans or tribes entering this little haven to raid their cattle – the Masai’s prize procession and wealth! Ngateu in Masai means ‘Look out post’ or ‘vintage point.’
Now Ngateu is part of the outskirts of Arusha, overlooking a quaint and busy town that has recently been awarded the status of a city - however the spirit and character of Ngateu Hill still lives on.
Now the hill is home to a many tribes of Tanzania and is a quaint bustling community of small villages, farms and homesteads.
Freedom Lodge is situated close to the summit of Ngateu, and offers stunning views. Freedom Lodge’s grounds are a green paradise and our philosophy is and always will be to preserve the trees and support its natural green environment.
We are a 15-minute drive from Arusha and transportation can be arranged to and from the city to Freedom Lodge - if you are an independent traveller.
We are happy to arrange a visit to one of the nearby villages and waterfalls at your leisure. Enjoy absorbing the true spirit of this area.
Even from your room you can watch the daily agricultural activities of the homesteads surrounding our lodge - giving you a rare insight into true rural life, in a part of the Arusha district. Ngateu – Freedom lodge’s vicinity still holds a vibrancy and timeless character that is so often lost by people opting to stay in hotel’s situated in the heart of modern Arusha’s busy city.
Watch the sun set over Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro from our observation tower. See the local Tanzanian children walking home from school en route to their homesteads, their families busy cultivating their land and producing crops. Freedom Lodge and Ngateu Hill have sustained a magic and culture that goes back generations.