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Viva Villa, Dar es Salaam, 84516, Tanzania | Hostel
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Travel Blogs from Dar es Salaam

From Dar to Zanzibar

A travel blog entry by pauljkuhne



Greetings from Tanzania! After exhaustively wandering the streets of Dar Es Salaam for an hour, I managed to find an internet cafe inside of a hotel and am now feverishly typing away in the hopes that I can communicate everything that I want to. The thing about Dar Es Salaam, is that sidewalks are somewhat of an afterthought and …

Hujambo, Tanzania!

A travel blog entry by zoeandnick


... thing that feels like home. This country still has a lot of vestiges of colonialism: the currency is the Tanzanian shilling, they use British three-point plugs, and they drive on the left. Incredibly, they even use their indicators occasionally, which is more than you can say for Germany or France.

It's a surreal, but amazing, start to the journey! Pictures will come at some point.


A travel blog entry by mattgottwald


... often sold by their own tribal leaders and were forced to walk from as far as Zimbabwe. If they were sick or injured they were tied to trees for animals rather than released. Once reaching Stone Town they were kept in chains underground. In a room we struggled to have 10 people in, around 50 would be kept for 2 days with many suffocating. When they were tied to a tree and whipped - the more they cried, the lower their price. Eventually the British said if the ...

The loss and the return of my passport.

A travel blog entry by matt746

... to me. Now you would have loved to see my reaction to this piece of information and I could not help but think how much of a two bit operation it must be. I still had to file a police report so off I went to the central police station.

Filing a police report in Australia is a traumatic experience and doing so in a foreign country is even worse. After going into the front door there is no indication of where to go. As I bumbled my way to what looked like ...

A day with the Mayenga family

A travel blog entry by africaadventure


A night on the slow ferry had us in Dar es Salaam in the early hours of Sunday morning. Another ferry and a dala dala had us back at our camp, pitching our tent again and changing into clean clothes after several days in Zanzibar with one smelly set of clothes. We had a home again and were ready to go within an hour or two. A dala dala, a ferry and a bus later had us at the Dar Tazara Rail station where we met Charles Mayenga, ...

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This hostel, located on Viva Villa, Dar es Salaam, is near National Museum, Village Museum, and Nyumba ya Sanaa.
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    Reviewed by pauljkuhne

    Friendly and with Geckos

    Reviewed Jan 15, 2014
    by (5 reviews) Albany, NY , United States Flag of United States

    Absolutely fantastic experience with delicious food and extremely friendly people. There were also many geckos and three extremely friendly dogs. I also used the bikes, which was great!

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    TripAdvisor Reviews Friendly Gecko Dar es Salaam

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding