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Our Nyumbani Hostel

Nyumbani is Kisuaheli, one of the official languages ​​in Tanzania and means "at home". We chose this name because we want to share our house with you and make you a home away from home. We warmly welcome you to share this with us for a few days or even months. We are located in Arusha, in Northern Tanzania. In Arusha live about half a million people, most of them belong to the ethnic group of Waarusha, Wameru and Maasai. Although Arusha is smaller than Dar es Salaam, you can get almost everything you need here, and even the most famous national parks, such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Meru and Kilimanjaro are nearby. Taxis, Dala Dala (minibuses), Bajajis (tuk-tuks) and motorbikes are available for transport. Also, health care with various hospitals throughout the city is good. ATMs are spread all over the city. Various restaurants serve Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and Tanzanian food and fast food, so you will not miss anything! Supermarkets and small shops have everything from soap to cheese and brown bread. In your free time, you can visit the local craft market (also known as the Maasai Market), relax by a pool, explore the city on foot, and visit other local markets to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. And if you have discovered Arusha to the fullest, you can take the bus to Moshi and continue there. Moshi and Arusha are surrounded by nature so you can go on waterfalls, hikes, cultural trips and visits to various ethnic groups to get a glimpse of their past culture and daily life.


what we offer  


Are you looking for cozy & affordable accommodation in Arusha? You want to get to know the local life and live in a family atmosphere? Then you are right with us! Whether before or after the climb from Kilimanjaro or Mout Meru, before or after your safari in one of the many national parks in the area or whether you are on a world tour or visiting someone in Arusha. We give you a "nyumbani" away from home.


Bachelor / Master Theses

We can help you to find a suitable topic for any work at the school or university. Tizia herself has studied ethnology and written her bachelor thesis on stereotypes and portrayal of Maasai in media and tourism. As you research or collect other data, we'll keep your back free so you can focus on your work.

We can organize the following

- Safaris, mountain climbing or other walks
- Cultural Tours - Excursions to waterfalls and hot springs
- Travel (bus, train, flight) and contacts in other cities like Dar es Salaam, Lushoto, Dodoma or on the island Zanzibar.


and more....

-we can do sports together - we can teach you how to cook Tanzanian
- we will explore the nightlife together
- we can give you good tailors who can sew you beautiful Tanzanian clothes
- We can call hairdressers if you want to have your hair braided
- we can teach you good Swahili lessons if you want to learn Swahili

The hostel

Our hostel is a 25-minute walk from the city center. Motorbikes and Dala Dala (minibuses) take you everywhere. Although we live close to the bustling city, our house is surrounded by greenery. In our garden grow bananas, papaya, pomegranate, guavas, avocados and peaches. Bella, Luna and Takwa, our three dogs are part of the family. Our house is equipped with a hot shower and it is possible to use the kitchen. A wall more than two meters high and our dogs make sure that we are safe.



We have two double rooms as well as one triple and one quadruple room; each contains comfortable beds and shelves to store your personal belongings. One of the double rooms has its own bathroom, the other three share a bathroom. Washing machines are not common in Tanzania, which means that your laundry can be washed by hand or for a small fee by our housekeeper.



- 15 € per night per person with breakfast and dinner  
- 350 € per month per person with breakfast, dinner and care  


about us

We are Tini (Tanzanian, 28 years) and Tizia (German, 25 years) and live since April 2015 in our wonderful house. Tini loves nature and has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. He is currently studying tourism and tour guiding at the PROTS in Arusha. Tizia has a bachelor's degree in ethnology and works for the hostel and the joint volunteer and internship organization Viva Tanzania. Through our studies and backgrounds, we deal with post-colonialism, images of Africa in media and tourism as well as stereotypes. We are working hard to contribute to international understanding and show you that "Africa" ​​or Tanzania, is more than the stereotypes you get in Europe and North America.