Welcome to the Friendly Gecko Guesthouse!

Stay at the Friendly Gecko Guesthouse in Dar es Salaam and support the community.

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. With making financial contributions and cost sharing arrangements we support the charity organization "help2kids".

Since we accommodate up to 16 volunteers 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.

Stay at the Friendly Gecko and explore Dar es Salaam while contributing to the education and care of vulnerable children in Tanzania. Learn more about us and our history here.  

Lonely Planet (2018) - review

“If you want to stay in Dar a couple of days and connect with an interesting project, consider checking into Friendly Gecko Guesthouse, 20km north of the city centre off New Bagamoyo Rd. The guesthouse has a mixture of simple rooms in a large, private house with a garden and kitchen, and all profits go to support affiliated community programs.”

Excerpt From: Lonely Planet. “Lonely Planet Tanzania. 7th edition - May 2018” 

Latest Guest Reviews

I stayed at the Friendly Gecko during 2 weeks of volunteering with Help2Kids. It’s a really nice set-up and the Mama’s take good care of you. It’s an ideal place for volunteers to stay but not a 5* hotel, so the expectation has to be set correctly. For its intended purpose it’s the ideal place to stay to meet fellow volunteers, have access to the right type of support and act as a base for volunteer work. Taken from TripAdvisor, MushtaqAli, Jan 2019

Love it!We had the extreme pleasure of staying at The Friendly Gecko. Everyone was kind, and welcoming. Our room was clean and lovely, perfect after a long journey. We were happy to read about the work that the Friendly Gecko does with the community, and would have liked to have stayed longer. I highly recommend! Taken from TripAdvisor, Sweet Jean, Jan 2019

House/hotel where you will meet young volunteers who are working with kids. We enjoyed it very much, talking with them and sharing experiences. It is a safe place to stay and close to the beach. Meals are good but simple and there is no menu to choose from. Taken from TripAdvisor,  Willem van der Werff, Dec 2018 

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 is absolutely lovely! The only critic I have is that to me personally it seems quite expensive for a backpackers. However, all over I can really recommend it! Especially to young open-minded people :) Taken from TripAdvisor, Nadjag94 , April 2015 

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 went to Mwenges Carver's Market and Village Museum, Kanduchi Ruins, Tinga Tinga painting place and Wonder Workshop (very hard to find). One day I hired a taxi and one day a bajaj. Since the Gecko is on the outskirts of Dar, it feels safe and small townish. I also stayed two days before my return flight to California. The manager is very knowledgeable about the area. Great place to stay while on my own (50 + yr old ) Taken from TripAdvisor, CAxen, June 2014 



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