Banana Farm Eco Hostel

Banana Farm Eco Hostel

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Stay in our Banana Farm Eco Hostel, an eco-friendly hostel located at the grounds of a banana farm using biogas, compost bins and water sewage for gardening. We grow nine types of bananas, coffee, avocado, guava, papaya, mango, passion fruit and many vegetables including chayote. All is organically grown.

 The farm extends all the way down to a river where one do hikes and take in the stunning views of the valley and Mount Meru. Whether you go for a gentle stroll around the local village of Ambureni, relax in one of our hammocks in the garden area or get a cooking lesson in Tanzanian cuisine, feel free to make our home your home. Of course you can also book your safari with us or request a hike to Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. 

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
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English
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Kas wrote a review Jan 2021
New York City, New York
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a wonderful time here. The staff is amazing. As a solo traveler I felt like part of a family when I stayed here. The hostess Veronica who has the biggest and most lovely smiles made the best food for every guests and made sure all our needs are met.

The complimentary eco banana farm tour with the Masai guide was very special too. He took us around the property, down to the hill and cross a river. He also showed us Masai traditional herbal medicine, which was an interesting learning experience.

My only dislike is that sometimes the water or electricity goes out for few hours. But they always come back, just have to wait a little bit. They have hot showers with pressurized wafer which is a luxury, considering most places do not have that! The beds are comfortable too. I do not have any issues falling asleep at all.

Overall, had a wonderful time here. Highly recommend for budget travelers.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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SilverBull8t wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our local guide booked us a double room in this cute hostel, which included family-style dinner and breakfast. The food was plentiful and delicious and the hosts welcoming. We were also able to buy beer for next to nothing- bonus. Finally, we had the opportunity to chat with other travellers from around the world about their experience. Highly recommended if you want to have a true local experience.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Macaronimom wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family loved our stay here, we stayed in the new modern accommodation and the older accommodation. The new is more upmarket with a gorgeous bathroom and the older one is more quirky.
Godwin is one of the most inspirational people we met on our 6 month Africa travel. He has not only big dreams and is doing good on the ground.
The team are so helpful and made sure we were well fed and washing done, breakfast early before travelling and bus booked.
Augustine made bracelets with the children and my husband and that was a highlight as well as learning about the Masaai.
We are enjoying the last bit of the fantastic banana farm coffee. I recommend buying some!

We miss you Godwin, Augustin and Victoria.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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ju_st wrote a review Oct 2020
Vienna, Austria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in Banana Farm the day before my Safari and another three nights afterwards.
The rooms are clean and nice, the outdoor common area is very charming and relaxing.
Veronica and the rest is always around if you need anything or just to give you fresh fruits in the afternoon.
I had as well dinner in the hostel, which was always fresh cooked with vegetables and fruits from the farm!
To sit around the fire in the evening , chatting with other travelers was always very nice.
A perfect start for my Tanzania travelling!!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Esan C. wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is amazing! The farm is in such a quiet and peaceful area with so much greenery and nature that you have almost no choice but to relax.

We loved how the farm is set up to be so self sufficient. It was really impressive. They have fresh fruit and vegetables that they literally grow right outside.

Godwin is a host that thoroughly knows the ins and outs of the hostel. He is very knowledgeable about farming and many other topics. I advise everyone to have conversations with him. He is a wealth of knowledge and a great person to help you learn about Tanzania. He is an asset you definitely can’t find at just any hotel. This man KNOWS self sustainability. I can’t think of anyone better to learn from.

Veronica is also extremely helpful. She always asks you if your wants and needs are met. Please ask her for some of her amazing soup and chapati!

I highly advise anyone to stay at the Banana Farm Eco hostel. The entire staff is so friendly and inviting that it’s easy to forget your worries. This is a different experienc
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reino S wrote a review Jul 2023
Halmstad, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful 3 day stay in a small and clean room with hotwater and mosquito net. Regina made our and all the guests stay extra nice with her cheerfull and helpfull manners. Since dinners are togheter with the other guests you have the opportunity to learn new people and get tips on Tanzania and other destinations. Nighttime you sit together around the bondfire drinking something you can by in the bar. We did a 3 hour cookingclass that was great, I can not wait to do chapati, samosa, ugali and more stuff when I get home. Since you live out in the forets there are many beautiful walks and spots to discover. The staff really take of you, suddenly the manager comes a long with a bowl of fruitsallad, bananas are available 24-7. This place is exellenta if you are travelling on a budget, we been to fare more expensive places in Tanzania that do not deliver as good standard as Banana farm. But most of all we enjoyed the feeling of being home, thanks a lot to Regina and the staff,
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jordan WW H wrote a review Apr 2021
Vancouver Island, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We did a safari through Banana Farm and it was incredible from start to finish. We had all our questions answered before the trip through Godwin. He was able to provide us a customized trip due to our time constraints and Covid test requirements. We were greeted at the Arusha airport by our guide/driver, Mark, and our cook, James. They were very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. James made delicious food and we were always very full. He accommodated all diet requirements - gluten-free and vegetarian. We spent 2 days in the Serengeti ( approx. 7 hours from Arusha), 1 day at the crater, and 1 day in Tarangire National Park. We were able to see so many more animals than expected and felt we were very safe. Our covid test in the Serengeti was very smooth and we were grateful to have Godwin and the team assist us. I would highly recommend Godwin, Mark, and James.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Julian O wrote a review Nov 2020
Arlington, Virginia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights at Banana eco farm and enjoyed my stay thoroughly. The hosts, Godwin & Veronica were lovely, Veronica makes lovely meals also. The room is pleasant and comfortable . it feels like home being there.. there is also a farm tour when one can learn re the biogas system.. and as much bananas as one can eat!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Eliane F wrote a review Oct 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Small rooms, chunked bed, not really appropriate for more than 1 night.
Worst is the restaurant: the food is untasty and the staff members offer very poor service - they are obviously neither concerned by our presence nor our requests. In a word, you don’t feel welcome, rather a nuisance.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tea wrote a review Jun 2022
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my sister had the most amazing experience at Banana Farm!
Veronica was amazing: during the day she was always available around the hostel, while in the morning and evening we would always find her in the kitchen preparing some delicious local food made only with what is available at the farm. Do yourself a favour and do as many activities as you can: cow milking, coffee making, cooking lessons, etc.
We also decided to book our Mount Meru hiking trip through Banana Farm and well... best decision EVER! Nicki is the best guide you can wish for: patient, funny and passionate. Having him around was calming and reassuring. Our chef James was the cool guy! You would not see him around much but only because he was busy preparing some of the best dishes in Tanzania! Nicki and James, together with the porters made us feel as if we were all part of a big family which, trust me, is difficult to let go when the trip is over.
The one week we spent in Arusha was one of the best of my entire life, thanks!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lowy42 asked a question Apr 2022
Exeter, United Kingdom53 contributions26 helpful votes
What time is breakfast?
Roving63343334246 wrote a tip May 2024
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The road up to the farm is not great so be prepared for a bumpy ride. It's all worth it though."
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Destination703919 wrote a tip Dec 2022
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask specially if you want to stay in the eco lodge. Definitely go on the farm tour!"
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Lisa B wrote a tip Oct 2022
Frankfurt, Germany338 contributions80 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definately go on the Farm Tour! You will learn a lot about local flowers, plants & see 15 different banana types! "
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PRICE RANGE
HK$156 - HK$234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banana Farm Eco Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Nearby attractions include The Tanzanite Experience (6.6 km), Utopia safaris (2.6 km), and Kilitanzania Pride Tours and Safaris (2.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Five Chutneys, and Georges Tavern.
Does Banana Farm Eco Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, Banana Farm Eco Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Banana Farm Eco Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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