One kilometer from Arumeru Lodge, the Usa rainforest is home to natural springs which provide highly valuable drinking water for the entire region. This forest can be discovered through an easy walk, with a ranger. Even though human settlements are close, the forest is home to a large biodiversity and guests can usually enjoy close encounters with wildlife such as colobus monkeys, velvet and blue monkeys as well as a good number of bird species.
The forest is under threat of deforestation since villagers are still collecting firewood. Arumeru supports the protection and the regeneration of the forest. 50% of the tour fees secure the salary of the rangers. Since 2011, our guests have also the possibility to plan an indigenous tree seedling which is then grown at the lodge.
It takes about 30 minutes by foot from the lodge to Usa village and Arumeru has established partnerships with the village council.
Through the Usa River Children Center, support is provided to orphans until they can earn a living. For each guest staying at the lodge, Arumeru gives back 5 $ to the Center.
The village dispensary has been financially supported by Arumeru Lodge since 2011.
The lodge also supports a local anti-malaria program.
The rehabilitation center for handicapped children.
All 3 structures can be visited during the village walk.
Organic coffee walk
Near Arumeru lodge, in Nkoaranga, a group of 25 families produce high-quality organic coffee: it takes about 3 hours to find out all about this very inspiring project. The project is based on a new coffee variety that can be grown without pesticides. “Wild Tracks” purchases the beans at a fair trade price and roasts them in a small roasting factory. Then, Arumeru purchases this coffee which is served at the lodge and sold in our gift shop.
Mulala – hiking on the slopes of Mount meru
Only 15 km (30 minutes’ drive on a rough uphill road) from Arumeru lodge, the Agape women’s group is dedicated to farming on the slopes of Mount Meru.
The visit includes a farm lunch and a 2 hour hiking tour to the top of Lemala hill from where guests can enjoy stunning views over Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru.
In Tengeru, our neighboring village, lake Duluti is a small crater lake surrounded by rain forest vegetation. A lovely trail circles around the lake and this easy walking itinerary can be done within 1.5 to 2 hours. Guests are accompanied by a ranger who explains the abundant wildlife.