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“basic but clean and good value”
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Safari Inn
Ranked #45 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Basic accommodation, breakfast included, area appears dodgy but seemed safe enough to walk around early evening in pairs. Indian quarter just down the road with good value food. No wifi apart from one computer in re rption area. Will arrange pick up from airport. We paid 17 dollars probably too much but after an all night flight and stop over it was worth it rather than haggle with taxi drivers. Our ride took over SN hour to get to hotel due to rush hour but drivers did make a detour so we could withdraw cash as airport cash points were not working

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

For $35 US, Safari Inn is good value. We used it after we arrived back from Zanzibar and had a 5am bus to catch the next day. Our room was clean (with no insects), had a mosquito net (contrary to some reviews and what was published in LP), and had a piping cold AC.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank joshuasmith77
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

First time we stayed here they didn't have any record of our reservation but luckily had a room available. The staff were friendly. The room was small with a view onto the wall of a nearby building. Bathroom was fine, soap and towels were supplied.

Second time we stayed on a different level and paid for 2 nights. While walking up the stairs we noticed a rat scurrying behind some trash. It didn't help either that our room was infested with cockroaches. They were even on the door handle. Slept all night with the light on to try and keep the cockroaches at bay. Next morning we packed and handed our key to the reception, told them to keep the money for the other night we had paid for.

The good thing to come out of Safari Inn was meeting the hotel's taxi driver Selim. We chartered his taxi a couple of times of trips and he was always professional.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gracie G
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I have stayed at Safari Inn on numerous occasions this July, August and September 2013. I really recommend the place, especially if you are a solo female traveller as was I. It always felt incredibly safe, and the entrance is set back from the road through big gates. Location was in the Indian quarter which meant great food, although as with the rest of Dar it is unsuitable to walk around after 9pm on your own.
Rooms were large and had clean linen, towel, fan and circle net. No point in getting the AC unless you are there in December as the fan is sufficient! Bathrooms were basic but clean, with the shower practically on top of the Western toilet! But the water is hot and this is a luxury in Tanzania.
Plenty of powerpoints, and lights are bright enough. Breakfast is OK - toast, jam and butter, a banana, tea/coffee and passionfruit juice. But you can order other things for a small cost, which I recommend.
Communal laptop in the lobby with internet, great for checking into your flights before you leave or just saving you going to an internet cafe.
Staff are always friendly. Generally the place feels a little dark and dingy, and often there is a congregation of 8 -10 men just randomly sitting in the communal TV area which at times made me feel uncomfortable. They didn't appear to be guests, just friends of the owners, and the place sometimes smelt stale.

Apart from that a great place to stay and good value for Dar!

Room Tip: If possible get one that faces out - some have internal windows onto the corridor and it is distract...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

For approximately $15 (25,000 shillings) for a single room with fan (the building is cool, I didn't even use the fan at night although I don't like getting too cold when sleeping), Safari Inn is definitely a money saver. The rooms are also not bad - expect dim lighting but my room had adequate plugs, soap and towel provided and seemed pretty clean. Unsurprisingly, the beds aren't exactly super comfortable and it's a little noisy in the morning, but for a one night stop off this place is totally fine. Staff are helpful too. Breakfast was standard fruit/eggs, not bad at all. The dining room is quite nice actually. If you want a cheap dinner option nearby, Mombaz is about 2 minutes walk away (handy for women by themselves who are told not to walk at night. You're also told not to carry a handbag so bring a waist bag).

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed here 16 years ago and it is just the same. Clean, simple rooms at a good price. This time we came with out 3 kids and it was no problem. It always has quite a few young people staying and has a back packers feel. The staff were friendly and we got picked up from the airport.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The staff were extremely helpful in arranging taxi's, ferry tickets to Zanzibar and general advice on where to go and what to do in the city. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms (en suite) had hot water which was a plus. Very cheap for what you get, and the complementary breakfast is enough to keep you going although you can pay for more if you want to. There is also a laptop with internet you can use for free in reception which saved me a bit on internet cafe's. Would go back there is i ever return to Dar.

Room Tip: You don't need to pay extra for aircon, the fans do the job
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Grace B
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Address: Band Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #45 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range: £12 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
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