Looking for something off the beaten track? Through Duara you can experience real Tanzanian village lifestyle in Lembeni, the village of a thousand stars. Duara is more than just accommodation: you stay with a local family, cook and eat with them and take part in the villagers' daily activities. Your stay benefits the host family and village directly, as part of the payment goes to a local community organisation. There are several host families who can usually each host two travellers.
The Duara Travels experience includes three meals per day. You will be served local food, the same eaten by your host family. You can help them cook it and learn about Tanzanian cuisine.
Note that there are several host families in the village. Once you make the booking, your English speaking Duara Contact, Harun, will arrange one of the host families for you. If you are a group of three or more, you might be split into separate host families. This village is quite remote from the tourism hotspots, so you will most likely be the only travellers here.
Lembeni is in the Kilimanjaro area and on a clear day, you can actually see the “Roof of Africa” from here. The village is surrounded by green hills that invite you for a hike during the day. At night you can pop in a local bar where villagers gather to have a cup (or 10) of local sugar cane beer. Breathe in some fresh air and admire the thousands of stars above.
Agriculture is the main livelihood here. When staying in Lembeni you can see if you have what it takes to become a vegetable farmer or a fish keeper. Don’t be surprised if you bump into your neighbors milking a cow or someone climbing a tree for fresh fruit.
This village won’t let you leave after just two nights, so we recommend you to stay a bit longer. We have a feeling that you need some extra time to enjoy this vibrant neighbourhood and its friendly people to the fullest.
Zugang für Gäste
You have your own private room but the rest is shared with your host family. Conditions here are very local and simple, so do not mistake it for a luxury holiday! Be prepared to face a language barrier and overcome it by using body language and a translation app, they really work.
Interaktion mit Gästen
You are highly encouraged to be active in taking part in your host family's and the villagers' daily activities. Smile, laugh and tag along. This is your chance to experience how Tanzanian people live in the countryside.
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If you are travelling with a family, shoot us a message so we can figure out a good family price for you!
THINGS TO DO IN LEMBENI:
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. Only for the adventurous!
Hike to the hills nearby. Remember to bring lots of water.
Go to the market with your family to learn about produce grown in the region.
Ask someone to take you to the rumored hot springs nearby.
Some of the parents in our circle are secondary school teachers so you can ask them how to get involved if you wish.
- Be cautious about showing affection in public.
- Show respect to the local culture and religion. Dress modestly.
- Do not show up home intoxicated or drink alcohol at the premises.
- Watch your language around children, do not publish photos of them unless authorised by parents, and do not take them outside the home without their parents' permission.
- You are entering a vulnerable community. Make sure you have a valid travel insurance. Understand, that you will be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your host family, their neighbours or their belongings.
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Duara Travels is about more than just accommodation. It offers wholesome experiences of local life in rural, developing parts of the world. With Duara, you live with a local family in Africa, Asia or Latin America. You cook and eat with the family and get to join daily activities in the village. Forget about pools and luxury suites, get ready for bucket showers!
By choosing Duara, you benefit the village directly. Your host family and Duara Contact earn from your payment. In addition, 15% goes to a local savings group or community organisation, supporting the whole village around you.
Duara was founded in 2015 by four passionate travellers who want to rethink the income distribution in the tourism industry. We want to offer travellers the chance to make a positive impact while exploring the hidden parts of the world.