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Friendly Gecko

Hostel | P.O. BOX 35936, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 75728

86.4% Overall Rating

3 out of 4 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (24/09/2012)

Raffael Kellner thinks…

"We were going for the budget experience of sleeping in the tent but with the comfort of the bathroom and social room in the main building. Everything is nice, modern, well-equipped and organized -…"

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  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 23.96

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

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Welcome to the Friendly Gecko Guest House! We are a "socially responsible guest house" in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We want to offer convenient and safe accommodation for a reasonable price. As a "social" contribution we invest 100% of our profits into the help2kids children's home.

What we love the most: Meeting new people and bringing volunteers and guests together to share African stories and experiences! Read more

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About Friendly Gecko

Our guest house is located outside of the city centre of Dar es Salaam in a safe and quiet neighbourhood. With our large garden and community areas we offer a convenient and relaxed place to recover after a hectic and hot day in "downtown" Dar es Salaam. We are also the home of 6-12 volunteers who support projects in the neighbourhood (the help2kids children's home and a public school for children between 5 and 11 years old). Join our community and take part of our daily adventures. We are more a home than a guest house, we love to meet new people, to eat/drink/go out together with and to show you around.

As accommodation we offer private rooms and dormitories. All rooms are fitted with mosquito nets and fans; there is also air-conditioning in the private rooms. Snacks and drinks (water/sodas/beer) are always for sale in the living room. There is also a TV and DVD player in our community area. Internet access is available for a low fee.

In our big garden there is a gathering area with tables, chairs and hammocks. We also offer a weekly BBQ. More pictures will follow soon.

If you have questions, or need information or support, assistance is always available from our on-site managers. We want to offer you a safe and carefree environment for your exciting new experiences in Africa.

Accommodation Information

We have a 6-bed female dorm and a 4-bed mixed dormitory. They are fully equipped with mosquito nets, fans and shelves. Each dorm has its own bathroom.

Our private rooms are also equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets, shelves and fans. Moreover you have your own bathroom.

The state run electricity supply is unfortunately not very reliable (on average we have 16 hours’ electricity per day). Therefore electronic devices such as air-conditioning or TV may not be always be available. However, we have decided not to have a generator. First of all it is not ecological and it is noisy, moreover we believe that it isn't really necessary. We always have running water, our kitchen is gas operated, we have safe candle holders in each room and bathroom and our internet works independently from the electricity.

Location Information

Our Guest House is located outside of down-town Dar es Salaam in the Mbezi Beach District. It is very close to the well known "White Sands" area where the boats for tourists are heading off to Mbudya Island. There are some reasons why we prefer to be outside of the center: We want to have space, a lot of "green" around ourselves and no noise or smog. Moreover we are very close to our orphanage.

For more information have a look at our website or send us a message.