3 day/2 night Uluguru Mountains Hike Located 4.5 hours from Dar, the Uluguru Mountains form part of the massive Eastern Arc mountain chain and play host to a range of endemic bird and reptile species. Our hike will take us up from the agricultural hub of Morogoro through the forest and into the heart of […]
The Slow Leopard
The Slow idea started as a little sports bar & restaurant serving two great burgers in Dar es Salaam, now two years on and many burgers later, the Slow Leopard team led by Henry & Eddie, are ready to share their passion for Tanzania with travellers and visitors from around the world. Our goal is to create a welcoming space for backpackers and adventure seekers to launch their Tanzanian adventure surrounded by like-minded people. Starting in Dar es Salaam, we are launching a series of select destinations offering unique Tanzanian experiences and offering services with the budget conscious traveller in mind.
Karibu the Slow Safari Experience.
Slow Leopard Dar
Slow Leopard Kilwa
The Slow Safari Experience.
The classic East African adventure without following the herds.
Exploring Tanzania’s less travelled destinations, The Slow Leopard makes your own Tanzanian adventure affordable and accessible, provides flexibility to suit your travel style and ensures you get to experience the best of Tanzania whether it’s the city, the beach or the bush.
The Slow Leopard knows Tanzania offers one of the world’s most unique and inspiring travel destinations. From Africa’s highest peaks to the great savannahs and its multitudes of wildlife, from the sapphire waters and coral reefs to ancient Swahili towns. Tanzania has more than enough for even the most well-travelled explorers.
But the Slow Leopard also knows it’s not just about Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti, Zanzibar and Stone Town, there is much much more to this beautiful country. Ancient ruins with ancient stories, great rivers flanked by great beasts, white sands and whale sharks, forgotten forests and undiscovered fauna, there is another layer to Tanzania waiting to be explored.
The Slow Leopard aims to make it easier to experience some of these less travelled destinations. We make them more accessible by providing good value accommodation and transport options in all the right places, and more affordable by keeping it simple and focusing on the things that matter. By bringing like-minded adventurers together at just the right time there’s also the opportunity to share in some of the costs.
With The Slow Leopard we help get you there, ensure there is a great place to sleep, and a hearty meal, so you can focus on what you’re really there for spending your time and your money on experiencing Africa – The Tanzanian bit that is.
Whether you are looking to join a tour, a spot to meet other travellers, a place to camp, a self-catered weekend away or an all-inclusive safari experience, The Slow Leopard lets you decide your Tanzanian adventure.
Slow Leopard Dar
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's bustling commercial hub, is often just a stopping off point for visitors entering or leaving the country and is typically overlooked as a destination in its own right. But with a burgeoning bar & restaurant scene, and thriving nightlife, it is well worth allowing an extra day or two to get a taste of big city life in one of East Africa's most dynamic and vibrant cities.
From your base at The Slow Leopard, you can explore the heart of the old port city, once one of the most influential trading centres in the region, sample Dar's restaurants, cafes and bars, stock up on supplies for your safari, or escape a week of important meetings by easily hopping across to one of the nearby islands for the day.
The Slow Leopard Dar offers 2 accommodation options to suit your travel needs. Breakfast is included and is served in the downstairs restaurant, guests can choose between fruit and granola or fresh eggs on toast and a coffee or a tea.
The 6-bed mixed dormitory makes staying on the “Peninsula” very affordable. Our bunk beds are hand made using local carpenters from reclaimed Indian Ocean coconut wood, and a locker, private light and power accompany each bed. The room is equipped with AC and a fan, mosquito nets and desk.
The double room is perfect for couples or work trips, it is light and airy, with a desk and direct access to a shared balcony. There are an AC unit and a fan, as well as a mosquito net.
Both the dormitory and double room share a bathroom with two showers and two sinks, a communal room with a small library where tea & coffee is available 24hrs, and access to a large private balcony.
AC & Mosquito Nets
Private guest balcony & sitting room
Cooked breakfast included
Tea & Coffee Station 24 hrs
24 Hr Security
Bar & Restaurant
5 mins to ATM & Banks
Minutes from Cafes, Restaurants, Bars
5 mins to Slipway and the Bongoyo Island Ferry
If you are craving a great burger (meat or vegetarian!), a selection of local and imported poisons or you just wants to catch up on the sport and make some new friends then the Slow Leopard has you covered.
Our menu combines fresh local and imported ingredients to cater to everyone’s taste. Aside from our famous burgers, check out the signature Nachos and our range of fresh salads.
The bar stocks both local and imported beer, wine and spirits. Their is a selection of six beers in our fridge, and we pride ourselves on always having ice cold beer, just the way it should be!
There is also a range of red and white wine to cater to everyone’s taste and budget as well as local and imported spirits for all your favourite mixers.
The Slow Leopard Dar es Salaam is located on Chole Rd, in the suburb of Masaki. It is just round the corner from the Hilton Double Tree and the Slipway complex.
From the airport, it’s a 30-45 min drive, and 15-20 mins from town and the Zanzibar ferry. Though both journeys depend heavily on Dar es Salaams infamous traffic. Travel times during morning and evening commuter periods can more than double.
If arriving in Dar by bus at either Ubungo or Mbagala bus stations, your best bet is taxi or bajaji (tuk-tuk). Journey time should be less than 30 mins, again depending on traffic.
If you are unsure about of any of the travel options above, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For self-driving guests, we have ample on street parking and 24 hr security.
Bars & Restaurants
Mbudya & Bongoyo Islands
City bicycle tours
Art and crafts
Spa & massage
Dormitory (6 beds) - $20 per person per night
Double Room - $50 per night
Slow Leopard Kilwa
The Slow Leopard Kilwa is set on Kilwa’s Jimbiza beach and has been designed in typical Slow fashion with plenty of open spaces, natural light and modern design. Our bar/restaurant serves up a combination of local and international classics as well as all your favourite drinks ice cold. Our rooftop terrace looks out over the beautiful Jimbiza beach, where local fishermen still ply their trade on the water and children play carefree on the sand.
No trip to Kilwa is complete without some time on the ocean, whether it be snorkelling, sunset cruises, fishing trips or even a transfer out to the islands of Kilwa Kisiwani or Songo Mnaro, you can be sure that the Slow Leopard has you covered. The Slow Leopard Kilwa is privileged to have access to an operating fleet of ocean-going boats meaning we can privately charter any of the above-listed activities. So relax and let our experienced skippers exhibit the best of what Kilwa has to offer. Karibu the Slow Leopard Kilwa!
At the Slow Leopard Kilwa, we have rooms for all shapes and sizes. For our budget independent travellers, we invite you to check out our dorm room. With 4 bunk beds, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, private lockers, and individual charging stations, plus breakfast included, we think it’s an absolute bargain at $20.
For groups of friends, we have two triple rooms available, these rooms sport three single beds, again with all the trappings, for just 60 bucks, perfect for splitting with a couple of mates.
Lastly, for couples (and really close friends) we have our double room, a single double mattress with a single mosquito net drape. Again this room has a ceiling fan, charging station and breakfast included.
All rooms have locking doors and separate keys can be provided. Breakfast is included and involves fresh fruit from the market, homemade granola and yogurt as well as eggs on toast. The perfect start to the day.
Bar & Restaurant
24 hr Security
24 Hr Security
All rooms equipped with fans & mosquito nets
Boats for hire
Guided tours of the ruins
Meal times at Slow Leopard Kilwa are special – the large open-air dining area offers the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow travellers and guests. All our meals are fixed menu with set times, allowing guests to opt in or out. These communal meals bring guests together and allow us to dish up big portions for you guys without breaking the bank! From fresh seafood caught in the bay to our homemade bread and granola, not to mention our famous curry night, the Slow Leopard prides itself on dishing up the best food in any locality. We even have our own pizza oven, dishing up certainly the best pizzas in Kilwa!
The adjacent bar offers a relaxed setting, its the perfect place to mingle with fellow guests or even to grab a couple of drinks and head up to the terrace to watch the sunset. Cold drinks are available throughout the day with Tanzanian beers and a selection of wines and spirits to suit any time of day. Guests can even borrow a cool box to take out on the water.
Slow Leopard Kilwa is easily accessed by tar road from Dar es Salaam in approx. 4.5 hrs. We recommend leaving early in the morning or mid-morning to beat the traffic out of Dar.
When arriving in Kilwa Masoko continue on the main road through town, just after the petrol station on the left you will see a sign indicating The Slow Leopard Kilwa. Follow the road around eventually passing the soccer pitch, where you will see another sign indicating the final turn.
For our more adventurous travellers, Kilwa Masoko is also easily accessible by bus from Dar es Salaam’s southern bus terminal Mbagala. There are a number of bus companies running routes to Kilwa Masoko, most of which leave between 5-7am and take around 6 hours to arrive. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with the ticket purchasing process then hit up the team at Slow Leopard Dar and they will be more than happy to arrange the ticket and a taxi out to the bus station in the morning.
Coastal Aviation will fly to Kilwa if there are more than 5 passengers.
The Slow Leopard can organise transport by private bus or car return from Dar. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you are unsure about of any of the travel options above, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For self-driving guests, we have ample on-site parking and 24 hr security.
Swimming gear, sunblock, mosquito repellent and hats! If you have snorkelling or fishing gear bring it along. The hostel does have a basic stock of such items, but personal gear is always best. Rubber or similar quick dry footwear is an advantage for visiting the Ruins and getting on and off boats.
If you are a Tanzanian resident and wish to visit the Kilwa Ruins bring a copy of your resident’s permit, as this allows considerable savings for the Ruins permit.
Payments can be made either in cash (U.S. $ or T Shillings) or credit card at the lodge, or via bank transfer if preferred. While some payments can be made online at time of booking.
Ruins tours: Kilwa Kiswani & Songo Mnara
The Rukira sandbanks
Note: All rates quoted are for one 28 foot twin engine ocean going boat. These can fish 3 to 4 anglers comfortably or carry 8 to 10 passengers for snorkeling and other trips.
Double – $60
Triple – $60 /li>
Bed in Dormitory $20
Ruins Trip: The highlight of many of our guests stay at Slow Leopard is a trip to the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani. These ruins dating from the 13th-15th century are a UNESCO World Heritage site and lie just off the coast of Kilwa Masoko, a short boat trip from the lodge.
Cost of boat hire (split between guests): 50USD
Ruins permit (paid per person): Non-residents 30 000 TZS Residents 13 000 TZS
Guide cost (paid per person, min 2 people): 15 000 TZS
Snorkelling: There are a number of reefs nearby that provide great snorkelling. We have snorkelling equipment here at Slow Leopard Kilwa which we are happy to lend guests. Please be aware however that snorkelling is largely dependent on tidal conditions so inquire with a staff member the day before as to the best time to go. Guests will be required to cover the cost of the boat and skipper and we find that tours generally run for about 2 hrs and cost 100USD for the fuel and hire of the skipper. The cost of this is split between all members of the group.
In Swahili, Safari means more than just whizzing around on the back of the Landcruiser spotting game. Whether by foot, by sea, across tall peaks or through dense jungle, safari is the Swahili word for “journey”. It’s up to you what kind of journey, but here at the Slow Leopard we prefer to peel back a layer, take the road less travelled and try and find not only unique destinations but unique journeys as well. We are currently offering custom built itineraries into Africa’s largest game reserve the Selous, and have a host of exciting itineraries we plan to unveil in early 2019. Karibu to Slow Safari’s
Slow Uluguru Safari
Our Slow Safaris's are a little bit different then some of the other offerings you may come across online. Instead of spending whole days sitting on buses or paying out of pocket for "extra" activities, Slow Safari's are designed for people who want to get off the beaten track and see a little more of Tanzania. Maybe you have already been to the Serengeti or climbed Kilimanjaro, maybe you are looking for something a little bit more economical or maybe you just hate sharing your special spots with busloads of other tourists? Our offerings combine hiking, cycling, sailing, traditional safari style game drives, boat trips and walking safaris across some of Tanzania's lesser-known destinations, far from the crowds and the rip off merchants.
It's cheaper! We bring people together, whether they be fellow travelers staying at one of our hostels, international volunteers helping out in TZ, or expatriates living across TZ, our network allows us to bring people together to share in the costs and make your experience just that little bit more interesting.
Our presence on the ground in TZ means that we are capable of delivering unique offerings made possible by our in-country infrastructure (boats, lodges, hostels) and our partners (trusted safari operators with years of experience). Unlike other tour operators, we have a tangible connection to Tanzania, come by the Slow Leopard in Dar the day before your Safari and you are likely to meet some of the team.
Awesome! Slow Safaris are a new offering for us in 2019, we are super excited to get the ball rolling. We are still developing our online booking platform for this offering but if you are interested then fill out the contact form below. We respect your privacy! There will be no spam, simply tell us the offering you are interested in and the dates you are looking to go. Feel free to add any information, the more information you give us the better we can tailor the trip to you, as we always say, Slow safaris are all about travelling your way!
3 days 2 nights Safari in the Selous Game Reserve . If you haven’t heard of the Selous Game Reserve then you are missing out. The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest faunal protection areas in the world, so to give you an idea, it covers around 50 000 square kilometers, which is […]
Best of the Southern Circuit – Mountains, Savannah Beach 9 Day/8 night You may have heard about the Northern Circuit but we doubt you have heard near as much about the Southern Circuit. Here at the Slow Leopard, we pride ourselves on designing unique itineraries that take you off the beaten track, far away from […]