Hostel stay was great for our night before and after our Safari. Food was really good and the cook made sure we didn’t go hungry at breakfast and dinner. Nelson was also very helpful in organizing our amazing safari. He was available on whatapp at all time to answer my many questions. Our safaris guides and cook was very experienced and made sure we say as many animals as possible. Jamie
Inside the walls at Lionsgate, every traveler is treated like a "cousin", a distant family member, but family. The owner, Nelson, who also provides the least expensive safaris in this safari region, welcomes and treats all travelers like that. He will also provide if you are volunteering, as I was, a guide and mentor about living in Tanzania. My almost two month stay there in July and August was life changing. Soun, the cook, cleaner, laundress, is a delightful person and good cook. As it is a hostel, you meet people from all over who recognize what an economical choice this is. I enjoyed a private room queen-size bed with private bathroom, breakfast and dinner included, for almost 2 months, at a cost less than 2 nights at a fancy resort. The hostel is 4 miles from the center of Arusha, Clock Tower Circle. Transportation anywhere in the city is a short walk from the hostel. The dalla dalla, costing a quarter, will take you most anywhere and is a distinct cultural immersion. If you are looking for the most economical choice for safari or for lodging in Arusha, I cannot recommend Nelson highly enough. One visitor from the Netherlands spent the day in Arusha seeking the best value for safari. She joined us on our upcoming 4-day safari as she could not find a better deal and she trusted Nelson to deliver what he promised. He did. It was delightful, beginning to end. I intend to return and cannot imagine not staying with "family" at Lionsgate Hostel.…
I stayed at the Lionsgate Hostel with a group of 12 people as part of an organised trip. If you're not looking for luxury, but you want that hostel atmosphere when staying in Arusha, this is you place. Parts of the hostel are still under construction, but that's not really a problem. The price is fair and the food is absolutely de-li-cious. Also: Nelson, the owner, organised many things for us (transport, activities and accomodation in Mto wa Mbu) and we were very satisfied with everything he did.
The hostel is incredible cheap and really beautiful. The owners cooked for us breakfast and dinner for free. I was even allowed to stay until 2 am the next day to wait for my taxi. We made a bonfire with the super friendly and hospitable staff. Amazing atmosphere. Bathrooms and the pool are not as clean as in most of European accommodations but not dirty neither.
We had an amazing time staying at Lionsgate whilst volunteering. The staff were very accommodating and helped us whenever we needed. The chef was amazing, cooking delicious food daily. Very friendly team who went out of their way to make our stay memorable. Would recommend this hostel.