Village inside the big city

  • Urban feeling
  • Active community life
  • Diverse livelihoods

If you are a city dweller, Kigamboni is for you. This is a lively but relaxed urban community only 15 minutes away from the hectic centre of Dar es Salaam. Hop on a ferry, leave the metropolis behind and enjoy the breeze of fresh air.

You might run into someone who has a famous Youtube channel or just founded a startup. Yet, many people still rely on small businesses like baking pastries or running a corner shop. All Duara families here have electricity but you’ll probably be taking your showers outside with a bucket of water.

A local NGO, Kigamboni Community Centre, hosts activities for kids and youngsters every day. Go check out the dance rehearsals, computer classes or drumming sessions. On Saturday afternoons the neighbourhood kids gather to watch a show with unbelievable acrobats, dancers and performers of all ages. It's an experience you won't forget.

 
   

 

 


DUARA CONTACT: RASHID

“I have been working with Kigamboni Community Centre since 2006. We are enhancing social and economic development through sharing knowledge, creativity and skills. My passion is changing the community towards a better living standard.”

PRICE of the stay IN KIGAMBONI

28 EUR / person / day

28 EUR if you stay for 7+ days
30 EUR if you stay for 4-6 days
34 EUR if you stay for 2-3 days

Including:

  • homestay accommodation in a private room with a lock
  • shared toilet and washing room
  • electricity, fan, bedsheets, towels and mosquito nets
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • possibility to join daily activities in the community
  • pickup from Kigamboni ferry

meet some of the HOSTING families

26-year-old Osman lives with his mother and younger siblings. He speaks excellent English and works as a volunteer at KCC.


26-year-old Osman lives with his mother and younger siblings. He speaks excellent English and works as a volunteer at KCC.

Mama Habiba's family likes to spend time sitting outside with their neighbours. It seems like anybody can join, really. 


Mama Habiba's family likes to spend time sitting outside with their neighbours. It seems like anybody can join, really. 

The mama and baba of this house run their own fishing business. Here you might get to go fishing or play football with the youngsters. 


The mama and baba of this house run their own fishing business. Here you might get to go fishing or play football with the youngsters. 


Things to do IN KIGAMBONI:

  • Learn some acrobatics or just hang out at KCC. You’ll meet some local and foreign volunteers there. 
  • Bring your bathing suit. Kigamboni happens to have some of the best beaches in Dar es Salaam. 
  • Have a beer at a local bar. Is Justin Bieber still the biggest hit? 
  • Help out your family in making jewellery, running a kiosk or fishing – whatever it is they do.
  • Visit KCC’s shelter for orphans. The boys love guests.

 


Ratings (AVErage of 3 ratings)

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Hospitality
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family

Sense of security in the community

Facilities of the home you stayed in


REVIEWS

"I am a teacher at Aalto University and stayed four nights in Kigamboni with two other students at one host family's home. When 4 other students were distributed to two other families. The stay with our host, Mama Hariet gave us yet another perspective on how people live in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam more specifically. Food was super good, we discovered some dishes we had never eaten before, we were taught how to wash our clothes by hand, got invited to Mama Hariet's sister and brother for dinner and drinks. All in all we felt like we made some great new friends, the feeling of belonging growing alongside! I now miss Kigamboni and its generous people! This last journey was probably my best so far (7 times in DSM since 2013). Thank you Duara for enabling rich encounters, Rashid for your help and Mama Hariet for your home!"

ZITA, FRANCE, travelling with group of international students, stayed in kigamboni march 2017

 
 
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"I had a great time at Mama Kevin's house in Kigamboni. It felt like an authentic peek into the life of the inhabitants of the area. It was also great to meet students and other residents who happened to visit our house and everyone seemed glad to meet us mzungus. The facilities were perfect for our needs and the food was great! Thanks."

ERIK, finland, travelling with a group of international students,
stayed in Kigamboni march 2017

 
 

"I stayed in Kigamboni with my colleague. This area, less than 1 h from Dar El Salaam  seems to be settled by ordinary Tanzanian people. It is a fascinating combination of village life and vibrant urban life. We stayed  in a tin-roofed house lived by a family of two grown-up son living home with a relax lone-Mama. The day was hot some 35 C, which has made my room so hot that I was a challenge to calm down into sleep, no matter there was a fan and a mosquito net, both which I used. 

Osman 25, who was our contact person in the family, chat with us with great diplomacy, passion and good curiosity until late night. Philosophic discussion over dinner in bright Tanzania night is what me and my colleague will always remember. Before sunset Kigamboni cultural center (KCC) provided spectacular programme -  acrobatics, dance and drama. Dinner was at 21 and breakfast at 9 in the morning. Maybe family could provide some snacks in between. We left for the nearby beaches after breakfast and Osman gave us guidance. A positively different day from one spent at hotel downtown Dar. :)"

Mikko, Finland, business TRAVELLER, Stayed in kigamboni MACH 2017


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a ferry to Kigamboni from Kivukoni Front, Dar es Salaam. It operates daily from morning to night. Someone will pick you up by bajaj from the harbor and take you to your family. The ferry can carry cars, in case you want to take a taxi for the whole way. 

 

Congratulations! You are one step closer to Kigamboni.

Book your stay by filling in this form and we will get back to you in 48 hours. Notice that things in these villages do not always work as fast as you might be used to. The Duara Contact will need some time to organise things. We hope to receive your booking at least seven (7) days before the beginning of your stay.   

Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions. Just send an email to elina@duaratravels.com.

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