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Dashir Lodge & Safaris

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Plot No. 2 Luwaini Rd Kikwe, Arusha Tanzania
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We have fun saying, "We sold everything but our 3 kids and moved to Africa." It has been an incredible adventure! We are thrilled to share the wonder and beauty that Tanzania has to offer: the wildlife, the people, the mountains, the beaches, and so much more. Dashir Lodge & Safaris is located just a short 20 min. drive from Arusha town in a quiet rural community with long grasses and acacia trees - very Serengeti-like! Can't wait to hear from you! Welcome to Dashir Lodge - our home in Tanzania Darryl & Shirley Peters Canadians in love with Africa
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ywgtravellers wrote a review Sep. 2021
Winnipeg, Canada43 contributions118 helpful votes
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Dashir Lodge and Safaris promises a safari experience where you can relax and simply enjoy and that is exactly what they delivered. Darryl helped customize our safari so that we got exactly what we wanted. We enjoyed 5 days at Dashir prior to leaving on safari so that we could acclimatize and also explore Arusha, Kilimanjaro and the surrounding areas. Dashir’s staff are incredible. From the moment we arrived we were in the care of a group of folks who treated us as though we were very special guests. Our driver and guides Simon and Jerimiah were professional, safe, and super friendly and engaging. We felt safe and taken care of right from the start. Other staff at the lodge took care of our every need always with a smile and a genuine and welcoming spirit. Every single person at the lodge treated us so kindly and made sure every detail of our stay was taken care of. We really didn’t have to worry about a thing. Food at the lodge was amazing. Shirley and her staff put a lot of love and care into preparing delicious meals that were wonderful. The variety, quality, and presentation of meals was a real pleasure. Dining takes place in the open air thatched roof restaurant which also features a lounge/bar area that is furnished with super comfy overstuffed sofas and chairs. Accomodations at the Dashir consisted of really nice chalet/lodges that were set up with clean, modern, comfortable furniture and linens. Each has a private bathroom with plenty of hot water. WiFi is limited to the main lounge/dining room and is not available in your room. Tours of the surrounding areas of Kikwe, Arusha, and Kilamangaro were organized by Darryl to meet our interests. We really enjoyed getting to visit local schools, sight see, and even visit the home of a local community member. We felt as though we had a true Tanzanian experience that allowed us to see more than just the tourist sights. Our 8 day safari was unforgettable. We thoroughly enjoyed the private tour that was guided by the knowledgeable and super congenial driver/guide Jerimiah. As with our stay at Dashir, Darryl Peters organized every single detail of the safari so that we didn’t have to do anything other than enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and incredible animals encounters. We visited Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. To say this experience was the trip of a lifetime would be a complete understatement. We saw such amazing sites, experienced so many close encounters with every animal that we had hoped to see. It was a truly remarkable experience and we couldn’t have enjoyed the personalized, professional, informative and entertaining guided tour provided by our driver/guide Jeremiah. It was wonderful. Accomodations and meals during safari were all prearranged by Darryl and we were able to customize our accomodations to fit our preferences. We stayed at Tarangire Safari Lodge, Kubu Kubu Tented Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, and the Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge. (See separate trip advisor reviews on each.) Following Safari we returned to Dashir for a few days before heading off to a week in Zanzibar which we highly recommend. Safari can be exhausting and we really enjoyed being able to unwind and relax at the Zanzibar Retreat Hotel (See separate review.) Again, all of these details, including flights to Zanzibar were taken care of by Darryl. If you are looking for a unique, completely customized safari experience we highly recommend Dashir Lodge and Safaris.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Strongly recommend flying at least one way to or from Serengeti, the road is impossibly rough and...
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Response from DarrylShirl Peters, Owner at Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Responded Sep. 11, 2021
So great to have you here, the first "ice-breaker-guests" since COVID began! :) We look forward to connecting again in the future, both online and in-person either in Tanzania or in Canada. Cheers!
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Olwyn L wrote a review Apr. 2021
Winnipeg, Canada9 contributions
Visiting Africa was always on the bucket list and when we began to hear from friends and acquaintances about their great experience with and at Dashir Lodge and Safaris we decided this would be a part of our African adventure. Like others have said the lodge just outside Arusha is absolutely gorgeous. With views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, beautifully landscaped grounds and the warm, welcoming hospitality of Darryl and Shirley you cannot have a better experience. Darryl looks after all details of your side trips and safaris while Shirley keeps you well fed with some of the most amazing meals. We all are waiting patiently for the 1st edition of the Dashir cookbook. The staff makes you feel like you are a part of their African family from always remembering your name to their bright big beautiful smiles. The safari was like none other. Dashir’s guides are very knowledgeable and will find many animals for your to see. Unlike other companies, the vehicle you travel in is well maintained and comfortable - we had to assist a few other guides and their groups whose vehicles got stuck - partly poor vehicles, partly inexperienced guides. Dashir is unlike many other companies. Darryl and Shirley have built something very special. Let Darryl and Shirley plan your African adventure and have your best adventure ever.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Response from DarrylShirl Peters, Owner at Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Responded Apr. 26, 2021
It was wonderful to have you as our last guests before COVID shut things down in 2020. Very glad you were able to do your safari and return home safely in the nick of time. :) Looking forward to seeing you again! Darryl & Shirley, Elisante and our Dashir Family
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Dorthy M wrote a review Dec. 2020
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Our trip to Tanzania with another couple was such an amazing experience we sometimes can’t believe it happened. We loved Dashir Lodge. Our accommodations were lovely and very private which we really enjoyed. Darryl and Shirley made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived. The staff were all so friendly, helpful and cheerful you could not help but have a wonderful time. Our cultural experiences were really enjoyable and informative. Our 6 day safari with our guide Jeremiah was beyond anything we hoped for. The scenery and wildlife were incredible, our accommodations and food were beyond expectations. Each day we set our own pace and so we were able to observe various animals for as long as we liked. Also, Jeremiah was so knowledgeable about the vegetation and animals. He patiently answered all our questions and we had a lot as 3 in our party are biologists. We will never forget this trip nor the wonderful people we met and all we saw.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from DarrylShirl Peters, Owner at Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Responded Dec. 25, 2020
Thanks for your kind words regarding your trip back in Jan/Feb of this year. We really enjoyed your time with us and sure hope our paths cross again! Best of the holiday season to you. Cheers Darryl & Shirley and our Dashir Family
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VandW wrote a review Apr. 2020
Saskatoon, Canada1 contribution
Our experience was like no other and far exceeded our expectations! Dashir’s motto is ‘Feel at home in Africa’ and they did not disappoint. Throughout our entire 13-day visit we felt safe and most welcome. Darryl, Shirley and their Dashir family opened their ‘home’ to us and made us feel like family. Every aspect of our customized adventure (5 day stay at Dashir Lodge - including day excursions, and 8 day safari) was meticulously planned and executed, right down to the smallest detail! They think of everything – even added a number of personal little touches/surprises. Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful little oasis in the heart of Tanzania – accommodations were lovely and very comfortable, food was fantastic, and the service was exceptional. Each of our day excursions from Dashir Lodge were very memorable. We loved all of the cultural experiences! Our safari was also incredible! Our driver/guide, ‘Eagle-eye’ Ephata, was amazing! He was very accommodating and knowledgeable and went ‘above and beyond’ to ensure we saw everything on our bucket list - and then some! Darryl & Shirley – what you have done with your property is impressive (beautiful and sustainable), and we admire what you’ve done within your community and for your staff. Thank you from the bottom of hearts for sharing your beautiful ‘home’ and ‘family’ with us! We are so grateful for this incredible experience and to have met such warm and welcoming people. We’ll always remember our trip to Africa and Dashir Lodge with fondness and gratitude. We can’t say enough about our amazing adventure and highly recommend adding Dashir Lodge and Safaris to your bucket list!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from DarrylShirl Peters, Owner at Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Responded Apr. 7, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a dream come true for us to share what God has entrusted to us here in Tanzania. We hope we shall meet again in the future. Cheers Darryl & Shirley and our Dashir family.
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STRCanada wrote a review Mar. 2020
Canada47 contributions23 helpful votes
Our Tanzanian adventure with another couple was a most amazing experience, combining culture, natural beauty, and amazing wildlife in a truly "feel at home" environment. We spent 19 days in Tanzania, organized and customized to our preferences by Darryl, and executed by the Dashir team. We split our time between Dashir, with day trips and hikes in the Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro area, an 8 day safari in the amazing Tanzania game parks, and 5 days on Zanzibar enjoying a relaxing beach vacation. Every aspect was meticulously planned for us, so all we had to do was show up and experience the moment. Communication with Darryl was excellent from the early planning stages in spring of 2019, up to and including our safe return home. There were more highlights than I can mention, but here are a few: - meeting the amazing Dashir family who made us feel instantly at home with the warmest smiles, friendly conversation and lots of laughter, - our safari guide Malaki, who taught us that patience is often rewarded by unforgettable moments while observing wildlife, and that the smallest creatures can be as fascinating as the elephants and cheetahs, - snorkeling in the Indian Ocean with sea creatures so beautiful I still imagine myself there with them, - fabulous accommodations at Dashir, in luxury tent camps and hotels on safari, or the beautiful beach retreat on Zanzibar, - and the food - such amazing food everywhere, but especially from the Dashir kitchen! It was also heartening to see how Darryl and Shirley have become part of their local community and continue to look for ways they can give back to the people who work with and for them, as well as those living in the surrounding villages. We are thinking of the Dashir family especially now with a global pandemic raging across the globe. Sending prayers for your health and safety.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from DarrylShirl Peters, Owner at Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Responded Apr. 2, 2020
Thanks so much for your kind review. Glad your Tanzanian experience was so enjoyable. Appreciate your thoughts and prayers very much. We are well thus far. Our thoughts and prayers are also with you and yours. Look forward to crossing paths again, Mungu akipenda - God willing. Cheers Darryl & Shirley and our Dashir Family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dashir Lodge & Safaris
Which popular attractions are close to Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Nearby attractions include Cultural Arts Centre (7.4 km), Instyle Africa Safaris (7.9 km), and Nduruma (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tony's Cafe, Karibu Coffee, and Karibu Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dashir Lodge & Safaris?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dashir Lodge & Safaris have airport transportation?
Yes, Dashir Lodge & Safaris offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.