Many of our guests ask us how to find our little Hotel in Arusha. Safariland Cottages is based in a quieter area away from the main town centre of Arusha. It really would be too far to walk so its helpful to know where to go to find us. We do have a map to the hotel, visible if you click the icon above our logo but the easiest way to get to us is to use one of the many public transport options available in Arusha.
Taxis are possibly the simplest and safest ways around Arusha, however they are often the most expensive. You can pick up a Taxi by flagging it down, or at the taxi rank near the clock tower, or at the main bus interchange in the middle of Living Stone Street. Taxis will generally cost 15,000 to 20,0000 TZS ($7-9 USD) to get from the centre of Arusha to our hotel. Tell your driver to go to Old Radio Road, Njiro. He or She should head out on Njiro Road, past the cinema complex and then turn left at the World Vision sign.
Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi)
Boda Bodas are everywhere! You can find these guys on pretty much every corner, particularly if there is a food stand and a shady tree nearby. Motorcycle taxis may be the fastest way to get from A to B in Arusha, including getting to our hotel! Obviously Boda Bodas are also the least safe option and you can’t carry much but you can always find one and you can go anywhere you please! Most riders will charge between 3 and 5,000 TZS (around 2 USD) to go from Arusha town to our hotel.
Dala Dala (bus)
Dala Dalas are the backbone of public transport across Africa and Arusha town is no exception. These minibuses are a very cheap and easy way around. just flag them down on their route, or you can pick them up at the main bus stand or at the Clock tower. They are not so convenient as taxis as Dala Dalas are prohibited from the centre of town to keep congestion down. To get to Safariland Cottages expect to pay around 500 TZS, which is about a quarter in US dollars.
As an alternative to public transport if you call ahead we can pick you up with our transfer bus. We can pick you up at the Impala, where the Nairobi shuttle bus stops, and it costs $8 USD to get from Arusha to our Hotel.
We hope to see you at our hotel, in Arusha, soon!