About us

"Humanity was born in Africa.

All people, ultimately, are African."

Our team

Upon arrival at the hostel you will meet our Manager Theresia (you can call her Teddy!). She will show you your room, around the house and is happy to answer all your questions regarding Arusha, safaris, day trips and much more!

She graduated at 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 the town and the northern region of Tanzania very well. She also teaches Swahili if you are interested.

Tini (30, Tanzanian), Tizia (28, German) and their son Taras (born in March 2018) are the owners of Nyumbani Hostel which opened it's doors in May 2015. Tini loves nature and besides safari experience, he has summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. He loves to share his culture with travelers, providing them insight and guiding them to further understanding of Tanzanian life.


Tizia studied Cultural Anthropology and has lived in Tanzania for almost a decade, travelling, volunteering and working. Being a traveler herself Tizia know what it takes to make your time in Tanzania extraordinary.

She will be your first contact when getting in touch via email or social media. They both work for the hostel, as well as their volunteer and intern organization Viva Tanzania.

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