Frequently Asked Questions


1.    Location

3°20’12.0″S 36°52’30.6

Elevation: 1316 m

We are located on the foothills of Mount Meru in Northern Tanzania. It is a 30 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and about one hours drive to Arusha Town.



Directions to Kiota

Coming from Moshi / Kilimanjaro Int. Airport – 1 km before reaching Usa River – you take the turn off to the Arusha National Park (Momella Road. At night not easy to see!!)

Coming from Arusha you pass the small town of “Usa River”. Just after the town you cross the bridge of the Usa River. 900meters down the road you see the turnoff to the Arusha National Park on your left.

From that turnoff you drive 5 kms up the road towards the National Park until you see to your right a whites sign that says “Ofisi Ya Rais Tamisemi”.

There you turn right onto the dirt road. Drive about 500m until you see – after a small bridge – a small road to your right.

Turn right there and the first gate to the right will be KIOTA. The gate has birds painted on it…



2.    Meals

Home cooked meals are made from fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Fruits are ripe and bursting with flavour, vegetables are fresh, herbs and salads are picked from our organic garden, jams & cakes are homemade, sweet honey comes from our own hives, and eggs & meat are free range.


Included with B&B:

–     Coffee, Tea and Juice all day long

–     English Breakfast


Additional Meal Options:

–     Hot Lunch or Lunch Box

–     Three Course Dinner (Special meals can be prepared upon request)


Note: Alcoholic beverages and sodas are available but not included


3.      Wireless Access

WiFi is available and free of charge. Please note that, like everywhere in Tanzania, Kiota Nest can experience a slower/unreliable internet connection approximately 10% of the time.


4.      What to Bring

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. The most practical items to bring are:

–     Khaki, brown, white and beige colours

–     Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer

–     Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes

–     Safari trousers and fleece/sweater for evenings and cooler days

–     Warm jacket for the months of June through September

–     A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen

–     Comfortable walking shoes

–     When visiting the town and villages of Zanzibar, out of respect for Muslim cultural beliefs, women should cover their shoulders and knees, and men should not wear shorts.

–     Insect repellent


5.      Malaria

Talk to your doctor about malaria prophylactics before coming to Tanzania. Precautionary measures to take in order to prevent contact with mosquitoes include: insect repellent, cover up at sundown and in the evenings. Mosquito nets are provided on all the beds at Kiota Nest.