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As a beginning Adia's Place is very small, and it will probably never be large - that would in some ways contradict the nature of the place. The current accommodations are as follows:
The rooms come with breakfast, and the small houses can be let bed-and-breakfast if that suits you. If you are here for some time, you can let the small houses self catering at a significantly lower price. In all cases, we can provide breakfast if you need to be pampered, either included or paid for. We can also feed you in the evening if you like.
Our breakfast is typically:
If you want something that is not the meal of he day, and the ingredients are available, the cost will typically be around TS 15000/-. Adia knows most of what there is to know about East African cookery, so if you're from the region, once she's discovered what you like you'll quickly get meals like mama used to make ;=) * - Adia's beans are to die for!
** - Vegetables are often from our own garden.
*** - Salad is typically a mix of tomato, cucumber, capsicum, onion, and avocado, with olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
Please feel free to bring your own - we'll chill it for you if required. Within minutes there are two African village style pubs that we can introduce you to. We're also close to popular pubs and restaurants at Nane Nane, on Njiro Road
If you have your smartphone or laptop with you, there's wireless Internet within the compound. Alternatively there's a public machine available to access your email etc.
The rooms and small houses are equipped with a small LCD TV connected to the local digital TV transmitter. You can get the major international news channels, local channels, and some entertainment channels.
If you don't have a Tanzanian phone, We'll give you a cheapo local prepaid phone as your room keyring when you arrive so you can communicate with us and avoid roaming charges on your own mobile. For this we'll need you to pay a deposit of around $40. You'll use the phone to book dinner if you want it, when you plan to be out late, or when you need a lift.
In some cases the tour company that's organizing your itinerary will get you to us and to your other destinations. However, if you are doing it yourself we can take you into town and pick you up for a small extra charge. Alternatively we can get you from or take you to the main road, and you can sample the joys of African public transport - the Daladala. If you are taking or teaching a couse at ESAMI or the Institute of Accountancy, we do a morning drop-off and an evening pick up included in the B&B price.
Adia's Place can provide one-stop shopping. If you need it, we can organize a mini bus with driver to you pick you up from and take you back to the airport. Safari's can be tailored to your requirements, but that's best done before you arrive. Let us know what you want - email@example.com. Return to Top of Page
Kikokwaru is the area to the west of Njiro 'B' block. Suburbia is creeping closer - Adia's Place for instance, but it is still at the edge of a rural area. Our location for Google Maps is -3.415796,36.696299. Google's satellite views and maps of this part of Tanzania are not very high resolution, but are currently quite up-to-date.
The people of the village keep cows and hens and goats, and grow vegetables, beans, corn, and fruit trees for sale or consumption. To the west there's a steep sided valley through which flows a river that flows south from Mt Meru. Sadly it goes nowhere. Further south it runs into the dry where it just dries up. Fortunately the village has an irrigation system along the ridge that I believe is fed from the outflow from the settling ponds of the Arusha sewage system.
Many of the buildings in the area behind Adia's Place are the traditional woven wood and mud structures with no glass in the windows and only the occasional door. On the village main street the houses are mostly new ones that have replaced wood and mud with concrete blocks.
You'll see the scenes below as you take a micro safari around the village.
If you want to rent one of the small houses on a self catering basis ($450/month), please enquire.
You have T-Shillings, Adia requires dollars. So you could go to a forex shop, buy the dollars, and give them to Adia. This is usually not very convenient, so you can give Adia the T-Shillings she needs to buy the dollars. Either way you will pay the forex asking (selling) rate.
A European person finding that she has some time gap before her next appointment, will probably get on a social media site for a few minutes, with frequent glances at the time, and then proceed to her appointment. An African person will start some new activity, personal or business, and pursue that to a conclusion, regardless of interruptions that may take up time. On concluding she will proceed to the appointment.
So being late is not being impolite. It is simply that the events of the day led to you arriving at the time you did. Since this applies to all the attendees of some sort of group activity, those already present may start some other activity, and the net effect can cause considerable delay.
Weddings are a great example of this. If you are invited to one that starts at 18:00, it is quite safe to arrive at 20:00, and more than likely you will then find that the event has not yet started.
Supper is usually served at around 19:30 (African time.) If you have a flight to catch or some other requirement for a fixed time, please let Adia know at breakfast.