About us

"Humanity was born in Africa.

All people, ultimately, are African."

Our team

Upon arrival our hostel managers Teddy and Uli are the first people of our team that will welcome you in the hostel and show you around. They happy to answer all your questions regarding Arusha, life in Tanzania and planning a day trip, safari and mountain climb.
Teddy is Tanzanian and graduated from the university of Dar es Salaam in Human Resource Management and speaks English and Swahili fluently. Currently she is learning German too. Born and raised in Arusha she knows Arusha and the Northern region of Tanzania very well. Furthermore she is our Swahili teacher.
Uli is German and first volunteered in Arusha in 2018 in a local animal shelter. She completely fell in with Tanzania and after travelling back and forth several times, even adopting a stray dog she decided to let her dream come true of working and living in Tanzania. She lives in the hostel, is always around for a chat and can help you anytime.pon arrival 

The Tanzanian – German couple Tini and Tizia founded Nyumbani Hostel in 2015. A tour guide by profession, Tini loves nature and besides safari experience, he has summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. 

Tizia studied Cultural Anthropology and wrote her Bachelor thesis about Maasai stereotypes in the media and in tourism. She already spent a year as a volunteer in Dar es Salaam, did an internship in Arusha and has lived in Tanzania for almost a decade. So she definitely knows what it takes to make your time unforgettable.
After living in Tanzania for many years they are currently based in Germany with their three children. Tizia is your very first contact person, answering emails and having video calls. Tizia and Tini are responsible for all the background work and will make sure that your entire stay is well prepared.

Further information and links

Due to our studies and backgrounds we engage ourselves in post colonialism, images of Africa in the media and tourism as well as stereotypes. We are making an effort towards international understanding and show our guests that ”Africa”, or better to say “Tanzania”, are more than the stereotypes often depicted in Europe and North America.


For more information on that topic check out the following videos on YouTube:
- Who wants to be a Volunteer
- Africa for Norway
- Let's save Africa! - Gone wrong
- African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes
- The Danger of a Single Story