tschoe-wa.de Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
April 9th, 2019 Barry's Beach Resort

See the hotel post. It was a paradies for us. Barry and his team are very lovely. Just enjoy the time there

April 9th, 2019 Zanzibar Ferry

There are two companies that operate.

We took the cheapest ferry to reach Zanzibar at 12:30 (flying horse =20$ ppn)
it took 3 hours, just one hour more than the more expensive company (name i forgot? )
I think flying horse is just going once a day from Dar to Zanzibar (12:30am) and back just night ferry (21:00pm) (couldn't find website)
On the way back we took night ferry which means leaving at 21:00 Zanzibar and getting to Dar about 6 am in the morning (20 $ ppn). The overnight drive was okay and with ear plugs and warm clothes :-) (because of aircon) we could sleep good enough.
With flying horse you travel as a foreigner always in vip aircon area with big seats and enough space to stretch you legs.

In Zanzibar it was possible to leave our luggage at the ticket office of flying horse at the habour to be able to walk around. Very nice because our plan was to leave midday but prices where to high with the other company and we switched plans.

If you want to go in different times with the other company it is better to book at least one day in advance to save money. It was always booked out for economy class when you just show up. Then you have to buy vip ticket for 50 $ ppn instead of 35$. They have a website were you can book online and see the timetable. They leave around 4 or 5 times a day.

April 9th, 2019 DTB ATM no charge

we could get money without fees. we had visa. 300.000 max per transaction possible, directly behind the fort

April 8th, 2019 Bottoms Up Hostel

We stayed 2 nights before heading to the east coast. Good value for money! Clean and nice double room with fan. Bed is little bit smaller but was ok for us. Great roof top terrace with view of old town and the sea. Breakfast includes tea/coffee fruits,fried egg, bread and jam which they serve on the nice terasse. Because it was off season we negotiated 20 $ double room with shared bathroom.
Staff were very helpfull with informations about public transport.

April 7th, 2019 Barry's Beach Resort

It is a quite, relaxed and clean paradise surounded by coconut palms and a beutiful garden in white sand. There is a lovely stretch of beach and also a superb and clean pool.
You can sleep in a hut or you have the possibility to camp. We stayed in our rooftop tent and got a room for toilet and shower. The water was not salty ( they used the word mineralwater)
English breakfast is included.
This is a magnificent place because right and left is no property and you have the whole beautiful beach for yourself to relax and a spaceous bar and restaurant views on the ocean.
Berry the canadian owner and his team were really lovely and welcoming.
It was hard to leave. One of our best camping spots in Africa. Totally recommended!!!!

April 6th, 2019 Ferry Temesa - Tanga

still 5200 for 2 people and car (LR defender 110), every 30 min the ferry is going

April 2nd, 2019 Kilimanjaro Green homes and camps

Great place! Nice big private room with bathroom (hot shower). Bed is with mosquito net. you can order food or use a kitchen to prepare by yourself.13$ incl. basic breakfast. First he asked for 20$ but than we showed comment on i overlander. Parking is possible in fenced property that fits one vehicle. We have landrover 110 but bigger would not fit.
It is not marked clearly on google maps. It is on Uva Ave on unpaved road!

April 2nd, 2019 Hot Plate

place is a little bit in wrong location:
drive inn the small street between DTB bank and Puma Petrol Station! Than look on right side where bamboo is.
Food from southern India which is very delicious. Mains 9.000-14.000

April 1st, 2019 Migombani Campsite

This place is a must! Our travel itenary in Tansania does not include any nationalparks because of the crazy vehicle fees! So if you are looking for nice places to enjoy on a budget go here. Amazing view from the pool (they clean every morning) on the Lake Manyara NP. First they also wanted to charge 15$ pp. but it was fine after showing that others paid less. Place is owned by dutch and they also have a tour company in Arusha... but still too expensive for Serengeti etc.
Even if we did not went to the NP close by it was worth to stay here!!!
Entrance is slightly before Lake Manyara NP Gate.

March 31st, 2019 Kondoa Rock Paintings

The price is 27.000 pp. getting the permit to see the rock paintings.It doesn't matter how many sites you want to see the price is the same. You pay that amount per day. When we asked at the beginning for the prices they told us 27.000 permit pp. and 30.000 guide fee. On the official price list, which you can see in the office, is no guide fee written. It shows just the permit price. We asked why it is not on the price list and that our travel guide says guide fee is included. After that the guide said that it is like a tip and this is the normal amount the people give.
We told we will pay the permit and tipping we do the normal way after the tour and got a receipt of 54.000. In the end we tipped 30.000 which was ok for us because he spend 6.5 hours with us.We saw 3 sites!

March 31st, 2019 Kondoa Climax Hotel

Clean hotel close to rock paintings. 20.000 for a double room incl. breakfat which was the cheapest option. Hot water, mosquito net and secured parking.
Nice staff.

March 30th, 2019 Ma Claree

May be we were not lucky but the french fries were just warmed again. Chicken was ok. Rice is coming with cabage.
Cheap food that you can get everywhere.
Nothing special but ok for a lunch break. Pro: We just waited 10 min for the food!

March 29th, 2019 Ruzumo Falls

Nice waterfall on the old bridge. Park your vehicle on the grassy area when they change driving site coming from Rwanda

March 29th, 2019 Kahama Super Lodge

Clean rooms with mosquito net and hot shower!
Room with fan 25.000
Room with ac 30.000
Some rooms are smaller than others for the same price and closer to the road. The 30.000 seem to be one the quite side of the hotel. Check before you agree
Secured parking. The allowed us to park fenced and they have parking outside with a guard.
They say food is available 24 hours?!

March 29th, 2019 DTB ATM

this bank does not charge foreigner card fee using a visa card. we used visa but they say master card is also possible

March 29th, 2019 Amacumbi Guest House (new name)

Name is Amacumbi Guest House. It is very hidden in the right corner and when there are plenty cars parking you might not see. And they have secured parking with a guard but not fenced. It felt safe for us and nothing happened.

March 29th, 2019 Amacumbi Guest House (new name)

this place is still there. next to the bar is a small entrance. Above you see the sign of the guest house. the name was something with A... 5000 for a room. cold shower, mosquito net, basic but clean

March 27th, 2019 Garage Weikl

We had a bad experience here. We wanted to do a service check and they had to exchange the gear oil. Their service seemed to be good but in the end they overcharged. 62.500 just for 5 l gear oil! Nobody told this price before!!! With labour (3 hours) we should pay 92.500. The labour was fine for us but not their price for the gear oil! We were shocked!!! When we spoke to the austrian owner he was very rude and walked away while we were talking. He is may be a good mechanic but not a nice person, shouting often to his staff. Our advice: when you go there you should ask the price for each step they do.

March 27th, 2019 German Embassy

For all Germans a good place to fix passport issues or anything else! A very friendly and helpfull team! We got issued our temporary passport as second one within a day because we were running out of pages. Show up between Mon -Thu 9-11 am.

March 26th, 2019 Gisa Stay 101

Good option for budget stay in Kigali! Clean rooms with shared bathroom!
it is on booking.com but we didn't book in advance! It would be 10 US $ (also on website) but in franc it was 8000 for the double room 2 person!
Nice staff and they have a kitchen for preparing own food or you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner if you tell in advance! (see pictures)
Hot shower, two shared bathrooms. wifi available
good value for money
secured parking but not for big cars! we have landrover defender 110
they also have a nice souvenir shop

March 25th, 2019 Institute of National Museums

it is a nice and modern museum! give you an idea about rwandan lifestyle and tribes before cristianity! There is also a guide included in entrance fee.
But 6 Euro (6000 franc)are actually in the end too much for that small museum

March 24th, 2019 E.A.R Gisakura

they have one spot for a car with roof top which was not totally flat but ok for one night! we had worse places with wild camping! 10.000 for 2 person
single 20.000 could fit for two small person
double 30.000
brand new furniture and bathroom
restaurant is there

March 24th, 2019 Gisakura Reception Center

you can buy chimp permit one day before
in Gisakura,Uwinka or Kitabi reception center! they will tell you which group you are going to visit! there is possibility in Uwinka, Gisakura or Cyamudongo forest! Check before because some groupes are very close and if you want to hike in the forest it is may be dissapointing.
See photos for informations.
we did not went because of the price but staff were in all gates very nice.
but even driving through the jungle was very nice for us! we saw birds, monkeys and the noises in the jungle are fantastic!!! no road fee!!!

March 23rd, 2019 Chez Maman Joy

we ate 3 times in the local restaurants because it is good value for money! First time we choosed "fast food restaurant".
on saturday we wanted to have lunch again but they were closed. next to it is "Joyce ? restaurant"...you walk down a ramp! We liked Joyce more.
vegetarian 1000, each piece of meat 300
good spinach, banana in tomato sauce,fries....yami :-)

March 22nd, 2019 Congo Nile Trail

you can drive the whole trail with your car! great views! 4×4 necessary

March 22nd, 2019 Home St. Jean

they have a washing machine! we washed two sleeping bags for 5000 fr

March 22nd, 2019 Home St. Jean

camping in your car or roof top tent in car park or with ground tent on grasy area on the hill! Amazing view when you camp with ground tent!ask for camp site on the hill! they would offer you otherwise next to the house! good food in restaurant but it takes a while

March 22nd, 2019 Congo Nile Trail

until kibuye it is unpaved and after paved road! not suitable for big cars! we have landrover defender

March 21st, 2019 Discover Rwanda

the staff is very friendly and it was very nice to meet other overlanders. the camping is ok but you see people passing behind the fence and it is close to the road. with ear plugs it was fine.
nice bar and restaurant.
when we were there they had a couple of power cuts and even in the morning. So no hot shower which is normally available. :-) ok for one or two nights.
price ppn includes breakfast

March 21st, 2019 Tourist Trap

Be aware of children asking money for books! They might bring you to a shop to buy a book and say they want to improve their! We followed the child to have a look in the shop but had not good feeling and didn't buy! The next day other tourist told the same story!!!