Jambo Kilimanjaro Ecolodge

Architecture

West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Jambo Kilimanjaro Ecolodge is located in Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and on the lower western slopes of the world-famous Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The no-hunting WMA is owned by the local Enduimet Maasai community.

HM Design led the Architecture team and which was tasked to perform an extreme makeover, from a 30%-built 2-star property to one that is high-end and that harmonizes with the environment. The design process involved study of local Maasai Architecture, local Maasai community participation and empowerment and like the proverbial phoenix, the new lodge is hoped to rise from the ‘ashes’ of the existing dilapidated buildings. Every new structure is proposed to be on stilts to respect the sites topography, hydrology, visual corridors, flora and fauna allowing for all-natural systems to function and grow uninterrupted. During the dry months, there is very little rainfall so proposed water conservation techniques include grey water irrigation and rain-water harvesting. What has been proposed is a renewed attitude to the site that incorporates 60% to 70% of the current construction, but reimagines the overall planning philosophy and ecolodge “ethos”.

FLASLA Award of Excellence