Simba Farm

Summary

Simba is a working farm on 3,500 acres of rolling hills in West Kilimanjaro, offering breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro to the east and the Maasai steppe and Mount Meru to the west. The farm sits at 5,800 feet, nestled between the national forest surrounding the mountain above and the open plains below, where elephant, zebra, and giraffe freely roam.

The farm today is owned and operated by Simon’s close friends, Yoka and Sjouke Bruinsma, who grow market vegetables and wheat and barley for local beer companies. The old German farm house, built in 1931, maintains its original charm and warmth. Visitors stay in the spacious guest house, consisting of six bedrooms and a grand living room with fireplace, set within a lush flower garden. Enjoy afternoon tea on the veranda and freshly prepared meals made from produce grown right on the farm.

During your stay you can experience a Tanzanian commercial farm in operation. Visit the extensive gardens or run around the chicken coop with the ducks, turkeys and chickens. If you choose, join in and help with the milking of the cows or feeding of the pigs. For more adventure, pack a picnic lunch and explore the area with a hike to the nearby gorge to see the colobus monkeys or walk to the other side of the farm to admire the exquisite African sunset. Being a short drive from the Lemosho route trailhead, the farm is the perfect place to rest and prepare prior to your Kilimanjaro climb. Or stay an extra day to enjoy the freedom of biking or running the farm roads and trails into the forest.

 

Photo Credits: Seth Phillips-Olson & Van Grotenhuis