The village of a thousand stars

 
Overall experience (5 reviews)

Overall experience (5 reviews)

"We happened to run into one of Haruni's good friends, who was soooo excited to meet us! He gave us a live chicken, which we ate for supper that night! It was a display of pure kindness and joy, which made us feel very, very welcome. "

"Great hospitality. Our host families were kind and shared their wisdom of life with us. We saw a lot, experinced a lot and learnt a lot. We will always remeber this experience and we are so proud we did this!"  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Vibrant village with red Kilimanjaro soil

LIVELiHOOD

Various professions ranging from teacher to farmer

FAMOUS FOR

Maasai market and hot springs

RELIGION

The village is Christian 

LANGUAGE

Swahili and basic English

TRAVELLERS

Unlikely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN lembeni VILLAGE

120 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (feeding animals or milking cows)

  • Hiking trip to the nearby hills

  • Shopping excursion to the Maasai market

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN lembeni VILLAGE

220 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (feeding animals or milking cows)

  • Hiking trip to the nearby hills

  • Shopping excursion to the Maasai market

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Planting a tree at an environmental project site

  • Visiting the hot springs

  • Visiting a local school 

DUARA CONTACT: haruni

Haruni is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Lembeni. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Haruni in case you have questions before or during your stay.

“My name is Haruni. I have studied environmental science and art craft. I am friendly to all travellers. My hobbies are climbing mountains and planting trees. I got motivated to become a Duara Contact through being a host first.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Lembeni is easy to access from both Moshi and Arusha by bus going to Dar es Salaam.

From Arusha the bus ride takes about 3 hours and costs 3 euros. From Moshi it takes one hour and costs about 2 euros. Just get off in Lembeni and hold on for someone to pick you up. If you want a quicker and more comfortable ride, you can always get a taxi.

OTHER things to do neaR Lembeni village

Buy meat at a local butcher’s - one of the shops is owned by the village leader herself.

Get your hair braided or cut in a local hair salon.

Experience the atmosphere at the local bar.

Visit a lake nearby.


traveller RATINGS (5 reviews):

Communication with the local contact:

Avg. 4,8/5

Avg. 4,8/5

Hospitality of the host family:
 

Avg. 5/5

Avg. 5/5

Sense of the security in the village:

Avg. 5/5

Avg. 5/5

Facilities in the house you were staying at:

Avg. 4,2/5

Avg. 4,2/5


traveller REVIEWS

KERRIE & CURTIS, CANADA
DECEMBER 2016

"We stayed with Haruni and his family for a few days just before Christmas. We had the pleasure to meet many of his children/grandchildren who were home for the holidays. Haruni showed us around Lembeni and also a local Maasai village where we got to meet family, friends and former students. We also got to visit the local attraction, the lake, Haruni's tree planting projects and a hot spring. We happened to run into one of Haruni's good friends, who was soooo excited to meet us! He gave us a live chicken, which we ate for supper that night! It was a display of pure kindness and joy, which made us feel very, very welcome. We were able to take in some nightlife at the local bar, which ended up with us being fed some more delicious meat. The communication with Haruni before and during our stay was excellent. This was truly a fantastic and positive experience and we strongly encourage everyone to stop in at Lembeni if you have the opportunity! "

 

ANNELI AND FOUR OTHER WOMEN, FINLAND
NOVEMBER 2016

"We are five ladies on our 60s from Finland. Most of us had never been in Africa. Our visit in Lembeni was wonderful as we experienced the special friendliness Africans are known of. Great hospitality. Our host families were kind and shared their wisdom of life with us. We saw a lot, experinced a lot and learnt a lot. We will always remeber this experience and we are so proud we did this!" 

 

 

TITTA & THOMAS, FINLAND
OCTOBER 2016

"Lembeni is a very beautiful village surrounded by picturesque mountains. The family we stayed with for 5 days had great hospitality and we got to taste many delicious delicacies. 

The father of our host family invited us to see his tree planting and growing projects, real Maasai villages, nearby hotsprings, local markets and a famous once a week Maasai market. So there is lots to see in Lembeni but unfortunately this wasn't free for us. Traveling in Africa for nearly two months we should have known to ask for a possible price beforehand but somehow we misunderstood that we don't need to pay for a ride if the father wants to drive us around the village. We are happy that we experienced  what we did but probably we wouldn't have used our host father's car. We would have taken a public Dala Dala transport instead. So future travelers bare this in mind and ask before being taken by car anywhere, just to avoid any awkward moments. It's also possible to support the father in a monthly basis if you wish to help him in his tree planting project. 

Overall we had a splendid time in this lovely quaint mountain village and highly recommend Lembeni for anyone going to Northern Tanzania."

See their videos:

 

JUHO & LINDA, FINLAND
JUNE 2016

"We had a nice stay with teacher Haruni's family in the cute roadside village of Lembeni, in the foot of the Pare mountains. The family included Haruni, his wife, their grown up daughters and their children. The big family was very inviting and apparently used to hosting foreigners. The best moments we had preparing the dinner with the daughters and eating chapati outside in the evening, under the starlit sky.

There is a nice path leading up the mountain side. You can reach the top of the mountain in about 1,5 hrs, unless you (like us) miss the last turn left, in which case you should just backtrack a bit when the going gets rough and try the other path. The view from the top is beautiful. Just leave for the trip early enough. Crossing the dry ravines in the foothills in the dark can be a bit unnerving.

The room was very decent but had a bad soundproofing, so we ended up waking quite early to the sounds of the family, the chickens etc. So just have some earplugs with you if you want to sleep later.

The only thing we found a bit questionable was mr. Haruni showing us his grandkid's boarding school and in the end asking us to donate for his education. We understand his position well, but also felt a bit used in a way.

But besides that the whole visit was very pleasant.

Another must-do: if there is a cloudless night, there is a very nice view to Kilimanjaro from the road. You can ask for chairs from the bar and have a cold Kilimanjaro beer while looking the sunset color the mountain depicted on the bottle."

 

MIRIAM, FINLAND
MARCH 2016

"If one wishes to stay in a place where they can experience Tanzanian way of living  in the countryside from within rather than as a tourist one have certainly found the right address. I stayed at Mary’s place for the weekend and I must say that the experience absolutely amazing. The minute you step into this house, the habitants of this house make you feel like you are part of the family and they definitely made me feel as if their house was your home away from home. Other than being part of the community you also get to learn how to cook some traditional Tanzanian food,  you can go hiking to the mountains or wonder around the village and greet the friendly people living in this cute little town. In this village time stops and you have time to relax and live in the moment. I would highly recommend people to visit this village for the weekend or so when travelling in Tanzania."


Videos from travellers

The lovely Ikilomalla vloggers visited Lembeni and made this video where they cook Finnish glühwein in the village. See the video in Youtube to be able to see the English subtitles.


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to local savings group. In Lembeni the group consist of women determined to save funds together to help the poorest members of the community and to run their own micro-businesses.