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Bungalow at KIA Lodge.
  KIA Lodge
Getting there
KIA Lodge is situated only a few minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ), 45 minutes from Arusha and 30 minutes from Moshi.
The lodge is some 6 hours' drive from Nairobi in Kenya and 8 from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.
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Tanzania map.
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KIA Lodge
KIA Lodge is a fairly new tourist class lodge located only a few minutes' drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ) in northern Tanzania. It is meant to serve as a convenient overnight lodge for passengers landing late (for example the daily Amsterdam–Kilimanjaro flight by KLM) or depating early (for example to Zanzibar).

It's also fine for day rooms for passengers departing from Kilimanjaro in the evening, for example to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam and Amsterdam. You can relax by the pool, and have time for a shower and dinner before it's time to check in for your flight. The lodge provides the short transfer to the airport terminal.

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KIA Lodge offers good standard. There are some 40 rooms in bungalows, all with air conditioning, TV and bathroom. The lodge also has a restaurant, bar, gift shop and a pool area with views of both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro International Airport has fairly little traffic, especially at night, and airplanes landing or taking off shouldn't disturb you much.

Wildlife and safaris
KIA Lodge is a transfer lodge, not a safari lodge, and you will see no wildlife around. Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro National Park are not too far away, though, and if you have half a day or a day to spend while staying in the lodge, you may have a tour to any of these parks arranged for you.

Lodge garden.

The swimming pool.

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is situated 30 minutes' drive west from the lodge, and it's a suitable park for a day tour. It has a number of different biotopes, ranging from freshwater and soda lakes to grassland and mountain forest. There is also a high mountain, Mount Meru, 4,566 m/14,980 ft.

Mainly herbivores, monkeys and birds are seen. Zebras, buffalos, waterbucks and giraffes are often spotted, and it's a park where you can be fairly sure to see bushbuck at close range. Elephants and red duikers are harder to spot. The park is known for its population of black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Because of the mix of habitats, there's a lot to see for birders. Some of the fine species we have seen are crowned eagle, lanner falcon, Levaillant's cuckoo, Hartlaub's turaco and narina trogon.

Kilimanjaro National Park
You can't climb Kilimanjaro in a day tour, but a day is time enough to explore the lower levels of Kilimanjaro National Park. You may reach Machame Gate in a 30-minute drive and Marangu gate in 60 minutes, and can walk the forest and even get as high as the tree line (3,000 m/10,000 ft) and back.

Tarangire and Lake Manyara
Both Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park are within reach, about three hours' drive from the lodge, but you would probably want to choose a lodge or hotel closer to Arusha if you plan to do such a day tour.

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