Accommodation in Tanzania
Where to stay: Tanzanian guesthouses and hotels
The accommodation in Tanzania can be split into three sorts. Firstly, there are those that welcome tourists; secondly, there are those that accept them grudgingly. And finally there are those that refuse tourists altogether. This last category is usually the cheapest, but the hotels here often double as brothels and have minimum security. As a result, we think they can safely be ignored.
The first thing to say is that if you’re climbing Kilimanjaro, then your agency will doubtless include a couple of nights’ accommodation as part of your trek package. (What’s more, they will, of course, book you accommodation in a hotel that actually welcomes tourists!)
Some agencies, such as Kilimanjaro Experts, will offer you a roster of 15-20 hotels from which you can choose. While others will simply use the same hotel for all of their climbers, regardless of whether it’s suitable for them or not.
In the Kilimanjaro guide book we provide reviews of all the hotels you’re likely to stay at in Arusha, Moshi or Marangu. (These are the three places where you’ll doubtless stay before/after your trek.) We do this so that you can see where you’re staying (if your agency doesn’t give you a choice), or so you can find your preferred option (if you do get a choice).