Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to my accommodation?
Please find a detailed description at the property page itself as there are different ways for Hillside Retreat/Nature Homes and the Original Maasai Lodge.
What do the names of the accommodation mean?
For quite some time our Lodge was the only one, where people can spend their holidays while getting to know Maasai culture close up. Meanwhile competitors have built similar places without the social component, so that we decided to take the name ‘Original Maasai Lodge’. Be assured that every dollar you spend at our accommodation goes directly into Africa Amini Alama, which is a charitable organization supporting educational, medical and social projects. (More information under Our Impact‘.)
The Hillside Retreat was built in 2012 and is placed on a little hill overlooking the surrounding area. It is a calm retreat where nature presents itself at its best. Not only here but also at the Nature Homes guests have seen giraffes walking by while sitting on the terrace. The Nature Homes, as the name already contains, are homes built into nature. All of them are surrounded by lots of acacia trees, very typical for Tanzania.
How's the climate?
The tropical climate is accompanied by warm to hot temperatures during the day and a cooling off in the evening as well as in the morning hours. The summer months are December-March and the winter extends from June to September. During the European summer celebrations, you can expect temperatures similar to those in spring in Europe.
When is the best time to travel?
Apart from the rainy season in May, every month is recommended. Depending on the travel time we recommend different national parks due to the animal migrations.
What are the local payment options?
We recommend that you always carry cash (dollars) with you. Credit card payments are accepted for the most part, but fees may apply.
What vaccinations are required?
Our accommodations are located in a malaria-free area since we lie on over 1550 meters of altitude. We recommend Hepatitis A + B / tetanus (tetanus) / diphtheria / pertussis / polio. Yellow fever is only necessary on the island of Zanzibar.
Is a trip to Tanzania safe?
If desired, a pick-up directly from the airport Kilimanjaro is possible. From the driver/guide to the guard, all staff takes care of you, so there is no need to worry. In addition, a medical examination can be carried out at any time in our Africa Amini Hospital.
How do I get a visa for Tanzania?
You can apply for an online visa at: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
It is also possible to get your visa at Kilimanjaro airport for 50$/50€. In order to speed up your entry, this document can be filled out in advance and handed in at the counter:
What airlines fly to Tanzania?
Qatar, Ethiopian, KLM, Turkish Airlines and Condor fly to Kilimanjaro Airport.
Is it really illegal to take plastic with you?
In Tanzania, plastic bags may no longer be imported, exported, manufactured, sold or used. Private users of plastic bags could therefore be punished with 30,000 shillings (about 12 Euros/Dollars) or two weeks in prison. The use of plastic in medicine, agriculture or the construction industry is exempt from the ban.
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