We stayed with Andy and Lillian three times - when we arrived, after our wildlife safari, and yet again just before we left the country. Tumaini was our sanctuary - the place we could retire to after the incredible intensity of our first experiences in Africa.
This is not a large impersonal hotel. They call it a cottage, but we describe it as a boutique hotel (8 rooms) at extremely reasonable prices.
Andy is experienced in hotel management, so when he designed his own place, he did it with a deep understanding of what travelers appreciate. They concentrate on cleanliness, good food, good service, and excellent value. The place is attractive, with well kept buildings and a lovely garden for rest and relaxation. Andy manages the place and serves the meals and Lillian does the cooking. Meals are served in a building next to the Conference Center, just a few steps from the cottage. It is really more like eating at a friends home than going to a restaurant. They have plans to build a larger open-air restaurant above the Conference Center (see the pictures.)
Tumaini means hope. If you get to know Andy well enough, you can ask him why they named their cottage "Hope."
Andy will arrange airport pickup and return. Since Tumaini is a little too far from downtown for most folks to walk, and most tourists aren't really up to walking out to the main road and hailing a daladala, they have Steven. A quick call and Steven will drive you wherever you want to go. By arrangement he will take you to multiple places and wait for you. He even helped us buy a telephone and sim card and add minutes. A safe, dependable driver is a treasure in Arusha.
We can't recommend Tumaini highly enough - my wife cried when we left. We felt we were not just leaving behind a great place to stay - we were leaving friends. Thank you, Andy and Lillian, for helping to make our trip to Tanzania exceptional!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tumaini Cottage accommodation is located in Arusha Tanzania Sakina area, our cottage has 8 en-suite rooms offering single, double and triple rooms all with a TV, a refrigerator, comfortable beds & pillows, hot and cold water, large size bathroom etc.Mbalamwezi restaurant offers Ala Carta made to order menu includes fruits, fresh squeezed juices,delicious African and international cuisine.Our Boma conference facility offers a wide range of meeting services for Ngo's and startups available on 24 hour notice.Airport pick up is an option for a separate charge, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet, free parking, free safari/mountain climbing consulting and booking for our confirmed guests in Arusha.Welcome to our home, our city and our country. Enjoy Tanzania "Hakuna Matata. ... more less