Hi! I'm taking my 7 year old daughter to Tanzania for the whole of August 2010. We've been to Kenya as typical tourists before, staying in a remote, expensive hotel but ended up spending almost all our time with a tribe across the road which was much more satisfying!! So i'm quite used to the culture and heat, precautions etc..).
I want to use the month over there to check out school and job opportunities and to just network a bit and get a feel for the urban environment of Africa. At the moment I'm thinking of staying in Dar es Salaam, staying at the Jambo Inn. It's near to hospitals and schools and shops.
Has anyone stayed at the Jambo Inn? (the reviews are a complete mix of really good and really bad but it seems the best of the bunch for location and price!) I definately don't want to be in posh hotel like a typical tourist again! Id rather be staying with a village tribe or with a host family to be honest.. but i don't know how to arrange that and practically, a simple B&B place is an adequate option for us anyway.
Would anyone recommend staying in a better region than Dar for what I'm looking for? I don't want to be too far away from the Airport.... Talking of which, can anyone recommend a good airline and flight prices please?
Any advice at all on anything i've mentioned would be really appreciated.
[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2010, at 15:51 by ghanasgirl ]
We stayed at the Jambo Inn for a few days last year- I liked it- it was really clean, had mozzie nets and a ceiling fan, with own bathroom (hot water was a bit erratic but then again, it is Africa and hot water is almost always erratic). It actually felt quite posh after other guest houses! The staff weren't overly helpful, but the place was run efficiently enough. They also have a fantastic Indian restaurant downstairs that does delicious (and cheap) food!
Hi. Thanks for your reply, it's reassuring to hear a good report directly! It sounds ideal for what I'm looking for. Can i ask if it was quiet enough for my daughter to get decent sleep and if it's easy to get to from the airport please? Also, i don't suppose they told you what the bolts on the outside of the room doors were for did they?!
Thanks again for the reply.. x
'Id rather be staying with a village tribe' I have taken this quote from your queries to make sure if this is what you really need,, because if so then you chose the wrong place. Please kindly let me know and I will advise you. You sound like you would like to work in a school or a hospital?? I am getting mixed impressions of what you really want to do in TZ..
Ther is a town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro called Moshi where there is a refferal hospital called KCMC and several schools. May be you may kindly be clear or contact me directly so I can have a chat with you. I am in Arusha, at the moment about 1 hour drive from MOshi. I lived in Moshi for 1 year and did not want to quit.