Lutheran Uhuru Hostel in Moshi Tanzania offers an excellent value in a relaxed and beautiful setting.
It is located a few kilometers out of Moshi on a large campus that includes a restaurant, cafe, small shop, chapel, outdoor BBQ and Internet cottage.
The rooms are spotless and include everything you'd need, from well-tended mosquito netting to plentiful hot water to complimentary bottled water upon arrival.
It's not a luxury place, but there's nothing missing, and for $40-$55/night, depending on the room, I can't imagine finding better.
The location is also a good balance. It's a very pleasant walk down tree-lined streets into town, but far enough away to provide an almost rural feel.
In the evenings, Mt Kilimanjaro is often visible either from your room (in one of the buildings) or from a comfortable look-out point open to everyone.
The true secret to Lutheran Uhuru, however, is their truly TOP-NOTCH safaris.
Look no further for a budget-minded, high-value, superlative-quality safari than this low-key place.
We emailed our itinerary requests about 45 days in advance and it was all set within a week. We received a very professional spreadsheet that detailed every cost.
During our safari, we stayed in both basic lodges and high-end places--whatever was the best accommodation available (and for the high-end places, we paid much less than what was quoted on the Internet).
The safari car was
well-maintained and in excellent working condition. My friend and I had a
private safari (just the two of us) for about the same cost as a budget safari
with 3-4 strangers.
Our guide, as guides usually do, made the trip. Jessy was informed, friendly, experienced, professional and welcoming. He made suggestions but was also flexible and aware of our preferences.
We had some incredible
luck with animal sightings--but I suspect it wasn't "luck" at all.
Rather, Jessy's expertise helped make our experience truly unforgettable. Uhuru
has two guides--and they are both very good, but I suggest requesting Jessy!
Because it is typical to pay for safaris in advance via wire transfer, I felt totally comfortable wiring the money for our safari up front to Lutheran Uhuru. I highly recommend both the hostel and the safaris to anyone
I expect I will return to Moshi in the future and I will plan to stay here.