Justin & Jenna were wonderful hosts, both very friendly and accomodating. It's a fantastic view on top of that hill, of the busy Ngelelo section of town below, and not far into the centre of town. I would go back to AHLA for sure.
The bad parts were, and I stress "were", because when we (middle aged Canadian couple) visited last December/January the place was really still under construction: There were water issues, i.e., a fresh water leak under our bathroom toilet that spilled a couple of litres per day on the floor, OK, you don't expect a 5 star hotel when you are hostelling around and I would have cleaned it up willingly but I couldnt find a mop or a rag around! Also there was a lack of water for showers during our stay day --- but Justin hired a young man to pump the "bicycle" water pump so we could have tiny showers! A lot of work to please the guests under trying circumstances. Mosquitoes came in as the door was often left open, I got a lot of bites my first night in Africa, but no malaria, so hooray! They need a few more kitchen items, basic utensils, can't recall which but I missed some basic stuff when on my own. Also they could use some sort of gripping steps - stones or rubber tires, anything - on that steep path up the hill. I'm a fit mountain hiker but someone is going to fall badly sooner or later - after it rains they are very slippery.
But I repeat that I would definitely go back there as a backpacker. I know a lot of these things were fixed after we left because as I said, it was in a state of construction. Justin was putting in a new water system for example, and finishing up the two new cabins; I also see they have a great website now - so things are evolving there. Their attitude is "can do" and always useful and friendly - running a hostel from scratch cannot be easy. I wish Justin & Jenna all the best success in this busy lifestyle they have chosen.
George & Johanne, Ottawa, CANADA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arusha Hostel, Lodge and Adventures (AHLA) is nestled on the highest hill in Ngulelo and has a view of the entire city.The Hostel has 4 private bungalows, 3 dorm rooms, 3 bathrooms, a full, communal kitchen, a dining room, and living area. AHLA provides free WiFi, a laundry service, walking tours, and breakfast included. AHLA staff will coordinate hikes to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru along with safaris to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Arusha National Park.Additionally, staff will arrange a wide variety volunteer experiences. No matter what you want to make out of your trip to Tanzania, we can make it happen! ... more less