Arusha Hotels

Apr 20th, 2009, 10:07 AM
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Arusha Hotels

Where could I stay if going to Arusha? I’d like the least expensive en-suite single room in an animated area (Sokoine Road?). I’ve been thinking of Meru House Inn, but got first hand information about the staff stealing from guests. Arusha Backpackers sounds nice, but I don’t think they have en-suite rooms. Any ideas?
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Apr 20th, 2009, 04:59 PM
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I have no ideas but glad to see you are planning to visit that area!
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Apr 20th, 2009, 05:02 PM
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Wait... Tanzania?!

We really liked Karama Lodge in Arusha (a "budget" option as far as this board goes, but maybe not budget enough for you?). But it wouldn't really fit your requirement of "an animated area" -- it's a bit outside of town.

Happy to see a planning thread from you, though!
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Apr 21st, 2009, 06:01 AM
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have you had a look over on "" You may get more people there with budget ideas for you.I admit for our last two trips we just had the safari op arrange a hotel for us as we were only going to be there one night. They gave us a few choices at different prices but nothing really budget, if I remember correctly the trip 2 years ago we took one of the cheapest options at US$50. Happy travels. J
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Apr 21st, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Twaffle, thanks.

MDK, thanks. Karama Lodge is too expensive. Having a planning thread is a bit of a problem since I’ve decided to become less transparent. I’m thinking of taking a shuttle or a big bus to Arusha from Nairobi. Any suggestions?

Jules39, thanks. I’ve had a look at the LP Thorn Tree. I became a bit wiser there, but I still haven’t found an Arusha Hotel. $50 is too expensive.

I’m going to East Africa pretty soon, but I’m not saying exactly when. I’m quite clueless as to what to do in EA and would need some help. I’d like to stay for a longer time spending as little money as possible without becoming ugly (in all ways). What I’d really like to do is to stay at a small unfenced camp in an area with amazing wildlife, but I suppose that’s not possible. I shouldn’t say this as it’s becoming pathetic after so many trips, but what’s most important is to find a way to stay forever.
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Apr 21st, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Never stop dreaming Nyamera!!! J
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Apr 21st, 2009, 04:16 PM
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Have you looked into budget camping safaris, such as Bobby Tours? Perhaps they have a group you could join. They also have a shuttle bus between Nairobi and Arusha. Also, have you considered an overland bus tour, or is that too many people?
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Apr 21st, 2009, 04:54 PM
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I don't have any help but am excited for you that Tanzania is on your radar.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 02:25 AM
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You should go to Masai Camp. It is close to the centre, but in a nice area, it's an animated place with good food and bbqs. I know you can camp there, and I am sure they also have bungalows or something.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Jules and Lynn,

Shaytay, I’ll soon have to start looking at group budget camping. Though for me, not having a bathroom would be a torture. Overlanding sound like something young people from New Zealand would do and I try to avoid them.

Hello Sophia, Masai Camp looks good, but isn’t centrally located enough – I would like to be very close to safari companies and public transport - and I’m not sure the rooms and bandas have bathrooms. There’s a risk Kiwi cleptomaniacs would hang around there.

Asanteni sana!
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 04:35 PM
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Better pack some extra torches just in case.
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Apr 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM
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Susanna, have you heard of The Outpost in Arusha? We stayed there a looooong time ago (2002?) when we took 6 weeks to backback around east Africa. We were on a tight budget and somebody recommended it to us. Here is the link:

It was pretty close to the clock tower, so there were things to walk to during the day. We enjoyed our stay there. I hope this helps.
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Apr 23rd, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Lynn, thanks for the reminder about why I don’t like Kiwis. I don’t sound that nice when I don’t explain.

Andy, Susanna? What kind of un-topi-like name is that?
Thanks for the link to the Outpost. $45 is too much though
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Very exciting! I took a shuttle, one of the main ones. I'd have to google-goggle the name. Very easy trip. Riverside? Scandinavian is probably most appropriate for you though.
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Nyamera, Rough Guide has 14 budget places (all between $5 - $20) listed on their website:

Some of them sound fine, others do not!
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I would check with the Outpost to see if their rates have changed in this current environment. My suspicion is that the rates are negotiable, especially if you are staying more than a few nights. Just a hunch.
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Apr 24th, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Nyamera, will we cross paths somewhere?
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Apr 25th, 2009, 03:02 PM
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Leely, I don’t like the name of Scandinavian, but I think they have big buses.

Thanks, Calo. There’re a few interesting sounding hotels on the list.

Andy, I’ll try to negatiate.

Lynda, unfortunately, I don’t think I’m leaving that early.
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Darn, Nyamera, I thought if our paths would cross not only could we meet, but I could offer you a ride to somewhere if we were going in the same direction! But I guess you do have to finish up school.

Where else in TZ are you thinking of going?
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Apr 27th, 2009, 06:57 AM
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Darn, darn, darn!
Thanks, Lynda, I would have loved to hitch a ride.

I don't know where I'm going.
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