Mambo View Point in Lushoto Tanzania is not just a hotel with a view.
It is a lovingly-crafted colony built with local talent, European intelligent design, and interlinked with the needs and economy of the local population.
There are informal and ongoing classes offered to local residents, such as yogurt-making, english language, and diversifying crops.
The view is stupendous, as are the beautifully-planted walkways with many surprising views.
Waking up to the colorful dawn of a clear day and seeing Kilimanjaro and the valley view was a thrill I cherish.
The cottage we stayed in was very pleasing, built into the mountainside, with thick creamy adobe walls, winsome paintings by local artists, and a little iron stove.
The lodge is solar-powered and the food is made with local vegetables and ingredients.
Herman and Marian work with people from around the world who implement projects for improving village conditions, and there is even a book of ideas that might inspire you to select a project to get involved in.
I loved the conversations around the dinner table, about international topics, different perspectives, and things like where today's cauliflower came from, Tanzanian politics, and entertaining safari stories.
The guides are knowledgeable, and we enjoyed a day trip to the rain forest.
Ndege will likely be there, a sage man who created the verdant beautiful gardens and is a wealth of knowledge about the area. We felt happy that the little extra cost spent here was directly helping the local economy.
Mambo View more than met our expectations, and I would go back in a heartbeat if I could.