The friendly Gecko is a guesthouse in the outskirts of Dar Es Salaam, in a calm neighborhood. It is located very close to the "White Sands Area" with good beaches, beach resorts and reasonable diving opportunities. Also Mbduya Island is close and makes for a good day trip. The rooms are clean, large and well prized, there are a lot of volunteers around, since the place is run by a Swiss Organization called help2kids that are running an orphanage in the area amongst other wonderful projects and Your money goes into supporting these projects. During my stay I was lucky enough to meet Christian, the project manager and got convinced that they are doing a great job.
Whilst the immediate area is well worth a couple of days hanging at the beach, the friendly Gecko is also happy to assist You with organizing trips to the rest of the country such as Safaris or Zanzibar or Airport Transfers.
If You stay at the Gecko You need to be aware of the fact that Dar Es Salaam is quite big and the guest house is about 30 min by car outside the city center - in low traffic.
Another thing to consider is the power outs that occur regularly and since the Gecko does not sport a generator it is wise to bring a flash light.
But all in all a great place to be with good people and a positive attitude all over the place, as well as access to local knowledge and accommodation - wise good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less