Utengule Coffee Lodge


8 km north off A-104 Rd.,


The Location: Just outside the town of Mbeya in southern Tanzania, the verdant, 1,200-acre Utengule coffee estate and adjoining lodge overlook the wide-open landscape of the western Rift Valley. (When it opens in late 2009, the Songwe International Airport will be just 20 minutes away.)

Don’t Miss: Between December and April, wildflowers cover the grasslands and hillsides at Kitulo National Park, known as the Serengeti of flowers, and an hour’s drive from Utengule. Explosively colorful orchids and the orange-yellow blooms called red hot pokers are pervasive. The innkeepers will also arrange an intimate dinner for you out in the bush, with a local orchestra of millions of cicadas.