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Manyara Drive Africana/White Sands, Dar es Salaam 84516 Tanzania
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#15 of 187 Specialty lodging in Dar es Salaam
The Friendly Gecko Guesthouse is a socially responsible hostel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We aim to offer convenient and safe accommodation for a reasonable price. Since we accommodate around 10 volunteers year round from help2kids, we consider ourselves to be more of a home than a hostel. We love to meet new people and travelers from all walks of life and share our daily experiences. Our Guest House is located a bit outside of the city center of Dar es Salaam (around 40 minutes by car) in a safe and quiet neighborhood. With our large garden and community areas we offer a convienent and relaxed place to recover after a hectic and hot day in downtown Dar es Salaam, or a nice stop before heading to Kili or Zanzibar.
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MushtaqAli wrote a review Jan 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
I stayed at the Friendly Gecko during 2 weeks of volunteering with Help2Kids. It’s a really nice set-up and the Mama’s take good care of you. It’s an ideal place for volunteers to stay but not a 5* hotel, so the expectation has to be set correctly. For its intended purpose it’s the ideal place to stay to meet fellow volunteers, have access to the right type of support and act as a base for volunteer work.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
Sweet Jean wrote a review Jan 2019
Moshi, Tanzania2 contributions
We had the extreme pleasure of staying at The Friendly Gecko. Everyone was kind, and welcoming. Our room was clean and lovely, perfect after a long journey. We were happy to read about the work that the Friendly Gecko does with the community, and would have liked to have stayed longer. I highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Willem van der Werff wrote a review Dec 2018
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House/hotel where you will meet young volunteers who are working with kids. We enjoyed it very much, talking with them and sharing experiences. It is a safe place to stay and close to the beach. Meals are good but simple and there is no menu to choose from.
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Date of stay: December 2018
Christiane F wrote a review Mar 2017
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I stayed at the Friendly Gecko for 2 weeks during my volunteering job in February 2017. I had a single-room with in-room bath, AC, fan and big closet. It was nothing super fancy but really comfy, but more importantly it was my "home" for 2 weeks and it really felt like this. Due to Leila, the Mamas, guards etc. which very always super friendly, supportive and fun to be around with. The food was basic but really good. They take good care of you! I can highly recommend....
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Trip type: Traveled solo
glennman wrote a review Apr 2015
Nairobi, Kenya71 contributions16 helpful votes
I have stayed at the Friendly G three tims now. I have slept in the tent and in the nice rooms. The staff is helpful and freindly and the proceeds go to help educate disadvantaged children. The meal were all excellen andte facilityis alwaysfull of young people doing volunteer work. Need to make reservations i advane as this place can be booked up in advance.
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Date of stay: May 2014
Trip type: Traveled solo
TanzaniaDar Es Salaam RegionDar es Salaam
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Frequently Asked Questions about Friendly Gecko
Which popular attractions are close to Friendly Gecko?
Nearby attractions include Mbudya Island (2.1 miles), Bongoyo Island (2.6 miles), and Wellworth Kunduchi Wet 'N' Wild Water Park (0.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Friendly Gecko?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Friendly Gecko?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Friendly Gecko?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Friendly Gecko?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mediterraneo Hotel & Restaurant, Velisa's, and Taamarinda Restaurant.
Does Friendly Gecko have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Friendly Gecko offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.