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Peaceful place with very personal touch within beautiful Usambara scenery

Review of Maweni Farm
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 Aug 2019
The Maweni Farm is a very welcoming place located in the beautiful scenery of the Usambara mountains.
As the house is from the former German colonial era it is especially charming and individual. Food is local, fresh, homemade and very delicious, especially the bread, cheese and the local coffee.
The staff is best ever and very friendly and help everything you want come true. Lars, the owner, is of great knowledge about the area and likes to share it with his guests. When sitting together in the garden or at the cosy fireplace, he tells memorable anecdotes about Tanzanian culture and language.
We strongly recommend the Maweni for friends, couples, families, and single travelers.
Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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        Reviewed 10 June 2019 via mobile

        Maweni Farm is a true gem with wonderful ambience, perfectly situated as a gateway to the Usambara mountains. The house and the astonishing garden, with a big pond, offers a serene and tranquil environment with a nice historical feel. We spent four relaxing days here and enjoyed every moment. There are endless trekking opportunities and we did a half day hike to the Sakharani Benedictine farm. We walked through pristine forests and along dwindling roads, meeting friendly people everywhere. Thanks to the guide we managed to see several chameleons. Amazing! The Manager Lars and the entire team made us feel at home. They are very supportive and helpful in organising tours and hikes that meets your interests and requirements. The food is delicious with a personal and local touch. In the evenings we gathered around fireplace reflecting on the day that was and sharing stories. Would strongly recommend anyone traveling in Tanzania to include Maweni and the Usambara’s in the itinerary.

        Date of stay: June 2019
        Trip type: Travelled as a couple
        Thank Anders S
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        Reviewed 14 May 2019

        The perfect place to rest: a location easily accessible from Mombo, an incredibly beautiful landscape, a special old house, designed for the pleasure of the senses, a welcoming and intimate welcome. The intense rain that seemed an obstacle to enjoy the place made it even more special to walk around the nearby farms with Cairo and Giza, the two dogs of the house, see the mountains between fog and clouds and return to the fireplace to listen to Lars, the owner, tell stories about Tanzanian forests. A luxury.

        Date of stay: May 2019
        • Trip type: Travelled solo
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        Thank d0o0bdo0ob
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        Reviewed 6 May 2019

        Rich wildlife, a pond and a 40's era lodge made of wood creates a unique experience in a place where you least expect it. This was our last stop on a six day mountain bike trip and we ended up staying an extra night because of the lovely location, staff and the manager Lars. The food is amazing, the hikes around the area beautiful and the service impeccable. May look and seem a bit run down but that adds to its overall charm. Highly recommend.

        Date of stay: April 2019
        • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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        Thank frodman89
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        Reviewed 5 April 2019

        Maweni Farms accommodations are in a sprawling 1940's era lodge, once belonging to a successful sisal business man. Though a tad rundown it all adds to the delightful atmosphere of the place. The food is wonderful, luckily so as there really aren't to many restaurant opportunities in nearby Soni. Perhaps best of all is Lars, the extremely helpful lodge manager. Lars can arrange terrific walks thru lush hillsides and small villages. The yellow weaver birds around the pond on lodge grounds are a sight to behold.

        Date of stay: January 2019
        Thank Martin Z
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        Reviewed 26 February 2019

        Reading past reviews, it's clear Maweni Farm does not suit everyone. We absolutely loved it.
        Yes, some investment in the plumbing and decoration would be welcome, but it's the natural splendours that make it so wonderful: trees of honking, flapping silvery-cheeked hornbills; neurotic African golden weavers lacing their intricate nests around the lake reeds; the flash of an emerald green snake up a tree; the shadow of a large catfish darting beneath the lake surface.
        And of course the half-dozen chameleons we saw within an hour on a neighbourhood walk.
        The staff are friendly and well-informed, the food is tasty, simple and local, the Wi-Fi works fine and the beer is cold.
        So don't go if you want luxury, power showers and gourmet cooking, or if you can't cope with ants, damp patches or saggy tents. Do go if you want a tranquil atmosphere in an outstandingly beautiful place, and enjoy stimulating chat by the log fire on a cool evening while clutching a glass of wine.

        Date of stay: February 2019
        Thank jammy_sherpa
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