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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 11 April 2015

I have stayed at the Friendly G three tims now. I have slept in the tent and in the nice rooms. The staff is helpful and freindly and the proceeds go to help educate disadvantaged children. The meal were all excellen andte facilityis alwaysfull of young people doing volunteer work. Need to make reservations i advane as this place can...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 2 April 2015

The friendly Gecko is a beautiful and nice guesthouse. The people are amazing! I got up way too late but they saved up a very yummy breakfast for me stlil. It is a great place to meet young people to exchange stories and experiences with - I met absolutely amazing people who I am still in touch with. The staff...

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chico, CA
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Friendly Gecko is very friendly and very clean. After 2 days of air flights, this was a great place to recover. I stayed two days on my arrival and nice to just hang out, talk with interesting young people from all over, and show up for meals. There are beaches nearby and excursions that can be done from here- I...

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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 7 March 2014

I lived in this fabulous guesthouse for two months and I really loved the mixture of hostel and home feeling. During this two months I was working as a volunteer for the NGO Help2Kids. It was wonderful that also other volunteers stayed at the Friendly Gecko Hostel. There are always interesting people around with whom one can talk about diverse...

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

We are encouraged to hear such nice feedback. It is very pleasing to see that not only short-term but also long-term travelers are satisfied with their stay. Thank you for your review and once again we are very glad that you had a comfortable and good stay at the Friendly Gecko.

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 28 February 2014

The Friendly Gecko is a clean, comfortable and peaceful retreat from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam. It's located outside the city center in Africana and the friendly staff helped make it a good introduction to both Dar es Salaam and my first solo travel experience in Africa. I arrived and immediately felt the laid back and...

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

We truly appreciate such positive feedback! We are also happy to hear that you were well taken care of and the Gecko met your standards. As the house does become a home for many volunteers, it is true that the excitement of Dar becomes a routine, but hopefully all are still friendly :)

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Thanks to Jessica and Juliet for the great stay. You guys provided valuable info about the immediate area and helped us get to experience some amazing sites, sounds in a very short space of time. Accommodation was perfect, the kitchen facilities and dinner provided by Juliet was amazing. If you are staying here, you have access to - Kunduchi fishing...

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the feedback, we are glad to hear that the management and staff was helpful and that you received a valuable short-term stay! Dar es Salaam can seem a bit chaotic, so we are happy that the Gecko served to ease your way into Tanzania well.

Munster, Germany
Reviewed 5 February 2014

We stayed in the Friendly Gecko Guesthouse for seven days. The rooms are simple - but all you need is there. The house is more a volunteer house than a guesthouse, that is why you sometimes feel like "left alone". Depending on the website, we expected to do some short trips and safaris during our stay and that was the...

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Knowledgeable and friendly staff. The manager told us about safe and fun places of interest, and helped us get the appropriate form of transportation. Overall, the stay was enjoyable and perfect for passing through Dar.

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback---we are always happy to hear that our guests had positive experiences staying with us! We are happy to offer our travelers advice and assistance, as well as a comfortable place to stay even if just for a few nights while passing through :)

Rancho Cucamonga, California
Reviewed 30 January 2014

The Friendly Gecko is exactly what I look for when I'm traveling. The actual hotel is beautiful, the atmosphere is extremely friendly and homey, and it is socially responsible. I had an opportunity to visit the orphanage that the profits from the hotel support and the children and staff were amazing. 100% recommended! Asante Sana Sana!

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that you also appreciate our favorite part of the Gecko--our relationship with help2kids! Thank you for your support and we are glad that we can offer like-minded travelers an opportunity to share comfortable accommodation in a friendly environment.

Manama, Bahrain
Reviewed 16 January 2014

From first booking the stay until we left, the staff communicated quickly with our questions. They helped arrange transportation and their services were perfect! We didn't have a very long stay, just two nights bookending travels to Arusha and Zanzibar, but they have great activities for longer stays around Dar and to tour their NGO, help2kids.

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FriendlyGecko, Manager at Friendly Gecko, responded to this review

Happy to hear that our services worked well for your needs. We do tend to have a nice mix of volunteers and travelers staying here which can be helpful and fun when sharing stories :) Thank you for the positive feedback!

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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 

Additional Information about Friendly Gecko

Address: Manyara Drive | Africana/White Sands, Dar es Salaam 84516, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Price Range: ₹ 1,354 - ₹ 3,384 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“If you're a solo traveler on a budget, opt for the dorm since it's a great value.”
 of 5 bubbles PaulK113, 27 Feb 2014 | Read review
“We slept in the dorm, which is a little load when people enter and exit the house. Apart from that, great.”
 of 5 bubbles raramuridesign, 25 Feb 2014 | Read review
“We had a private room because we were a little sick, but the dorms looked nice and there were not very many people. Quiet atmosphere and fun loving bunch of people around.”
 of 5 bubbles L6230TRmarkt, 16 Jan 2014 | Read review
“Call in advance to see about room availability. They fill up fast.”
 of 5 bubbles NgoziI, 8 Feb 2013 | Read review
“The tent was nice for two people”
 of 5 bubbles MartinN829, 9 May 2012 | Read review
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