Maisha Cottage is the guesthouse for KATz Volunteers. It has been specifically set up with Volunteer travellers in mind. The guesthouse can accommodate 14-16 volunteers at any one time and is situated a short 5 minute walk from the (Clock Tower) City centre. Volunteers are able to walk a few minutes down the street to the gym, supermarkets, cafes or a poolside hotel and the house is an easy daladala (local transport) ride to majority of our placement sites. Maisha Cottage is large and safe and provides indoor bathroom facilities with hot running water for a ‘real’ shower at the end of a long day volunteering, there is even a (bath) tub in one of the bathrooms. Maisha Cottage boasts a communal living area, TV and DVD player as well as WIFI. There is a share fridge and  shelving for self-purchased food and drinks. Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner, a fabulous mix of local and western meals, which are prepared fresh daily by our wonderful house Mama’s, Doto and Mwajabu.

The bedrooms are set up for volunteer comfort and offer a variety of bedding options from dorm rooms (share with up to 8 same-sex volunteers), semi private rooms with  beds for 4 persons and a couples private cottage with own entry and en suite (Availability dependant).

















Home Stay
Volunteers also have the option to live with a local Tanzanian family at, or close to their placement site. Volunteers will be provided local meals for breakfast and dinner as well as water for showering (not drinking) and laundry. Each home stay placement has been personally selected and are continuously inspected by a member of the KATz team to ensure suitability and safety. Home stays offer complete cultural submersion to give volunteers an understanding of how local families live and are a really wonderful way to get to know the Tanzanian people.


NOTE: Please check placement description for available options. Where possible KATz will provide you with your accommodation preference, but we ask that you bear in mind places are subject to availability at the time. You will be fully informed of what accommodation is available once we are in receipt of your application form with intended dates of travel.


2 thoughts on “Accommodation

  1. I will definitely be returning to stay with Jodie and Kelvin in Tanzania! I was picked up from the airport and taken to their lovely home. On my 2nd day I was taken for a tour around Arusha by Kelvin, given a map and taken for lunch at a local restaurant to get my bearings.

    He took me on a daladala (scared me for life!), went to one of the orphanages I would be working with and came to pick me up when I was ready to leave.

    After my first week of being in Tanzania, Jodie took me out for tea to see how it had gone and if I wanted to change anything, e.g., orphanages etc.

    The food at the house was lovely and it was nice having traditional African food which the house girl or Angel (Kelvin’s sister) would make. After getting home from the orphanages the food was always in the kitchen and we could help ourselves.

    The beds were so comfy (bigger than a single but not as a big as a double) and the mosquito nets were perfect! There are 3 beds in a room (1 boys and 1 girls) and a big wardrobe.

    We always had a hot shower, although it was hard to get used to the hole in the floor as a toilet!

    Jodie was very helpful when I was looking at going on additional trips e.g., Maasai Cultural Tour and Safari.

    I will be returning to Arusha next year and am planning on staying with Jodie and Kelvin again. I’m even bringing people with me so they can get hooked on Tanzania too!

  2. “Have had a fabulous time in Tanzania so far and have enjoyed everything we have done. The hostel has been so friendly and comfortable and we would love to visit again. Thanks very much.”

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